Rift in MQM-P continues as factions nominate separate candidates for Senate polls

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Rift between Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) intensified as Farooq Sattar and Rabita Committee nominated separate candidates for Senate elections.

Sattar and Rabita Committee factions arrived at the office of ECP in Karachi on Thursday with their respective Senate candidates where the two groups mildly talked with one another. Faisal Sabzwari even cried while putting his head on Sattar s shoulder.

MQM-P leader Faisal Sabzwari warned of bad consequences if the disagreements continued. He admitted that the matters have not yet been resolved, expressing happiness as Sattar agreed to chair party meeting at Bahadurabad.

He stressed that they will not let the disintegration happen, and highlighted that it is not right to stick to the wrongdoing.

On the other hand, Sattar claimed that the party faced more damage in the last four days than during the reports of merger with PSP. He pointed out that the convener or party head should be allowed to make decisions in certain matters.

Meanwhile, Sattar has agreed upon chairing a meeting at party’s temporary Bahadurabad headquarters. A delegation of representatives including Sattar from the PIB Colony office will reach Bahadurabad where the two groups will try to sort out matters.

Both the groups will put forward their nominated names and will finalize them with mutual agreement, Farooq Sattar said during media talk.

His nominated candidates include Kamran Tessori, Ali Raza Abidi, Hassan Feroz, Ahmed Chinoi, Kashwar Zehra, Mangla Sharma, Sanjay Parvani, Farhan Chisti and Dr. Nighat

However, the disgruntled faction led by Amir Khan has nominated Farooq Naseem, Nasreen Jalil, Abdul Qadir Khanzada, Aminul Haq and Amir Chisti.

A row hit MQM-P after Rabta Committee removed Kamran Tessori, Sattar’s favoured candidate for Senate elections, from the coordination committee and suspended him for six months.

The suspension resulted into a split within the party with Farooq Sattar coming at odds with the Rabta Committee members.

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