PSP, MQM decide to retain, turncoat Vohra, as deputy mayor

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: What strengthens impression of the “reconciliation” between Dr Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal, both the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party (PPP) have decided to retain Dr Arshad Vohra as Deputy Mayor of Karachi.

Vohra, who recently changed side by jumping into Mustafa Kamal-led PSP’s bandwagon, was accused of transferring money of extortion to London based founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Mr Altaf Hussain.

Speaking to media regarding his decision at Pakistan House on Sunday, Vohra said that he was grateful to the people of Karachi who gave them the mandate.

“Unfortunately, I was not able to deliver to the people of Karachi,” he lamented. “We have been quite unjust to the people of Pakistan,” he shared

“I will resign from the post of deputy mayor after completing all the legal formalities,” he added. However, the PSP on Monday decided that party wouldn’t ask Vohra to resign.

The MQM-P also decided to not use the option of city council resolution to de-seat Vohra as deputy mayor of Karachi.

Meanwhile, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Monday summoned an important meeting of the party in light of the defection of local party leader Arshad Vohra to the rival Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).

The MQM-P leadership met under the chair of party leader Farooq Sattar at the party’s temporary office in Bahadurabad. Farooq Sattar has said that the party does not want to partake in politics of pressure, adding that the party can bring back the members that have left it for rival political group

Meanwhile, Vohra Monday recorded his statement to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the money laundering case against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder and others. The FIA, a few days ago, had asked the Karachi deputy mayor to provide certain details including his banking transactions.

According to reports, Vohra has started to cooperate with the agency pertaining to money laundering investigations against the party he had been associated with until a day ago. He recorded his statement to the FIA and sought some time for provide other details.