Farooq Sattar elected MQM-P convener in intra-party election

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Dr Farooq Sattar was elected as the convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) PIB faction on Sunday.

Farooq Sattar secured 9,433 votes in the intra-party polls held in Karachi and Hyderabad on Sunday.

However, the Bahadurabad group of MQM-P, termed the elections illegal and criticized for dividing the loyal loyal party workers.

They said that only The Rabita Committee, alone, can make policy decisions and no one has the right to do so.

As per the election result, 45 members contesting the election, 35 have formed the new Rabita Committee, which will appoint deputy conveners of the party today.

While addressing to workers at KMC Ground, Farooq Sattar had said the elections were not just polls but a referendum and adding that workers are important part of the party and today they have given their decision.

The infighting between MQM-P’s two factions, Sattar-led PIB and Rabita Committee-led Bahadurabad, started over the issue of distribution of party tickets for next month’s Senate elections. The latter had strongly opposed Sattar’s nomination of the relative newcomer Kamran Tessori over seasoned party leaders.

Sattar, on February 11, had announced the decision to dissolve the party’s Rabita Committee during a general workers’ meeting, hours after members of the coordination committee at the party’s Bahadurabad office said he was no longer the convener of the party.