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MQM amends constitution, relieves Altaf of guidance role
In a press conference on Thursday night, party’s on-paper head Farooq Sattar claimed that the party’s Pakistan chapter unanimously agreed to amend the party constitution and omitted sections binding the Karachi Rabita Committee to seek guidance in party’s political and internal matters. London based Nadeem Nusrat, however, will remain the party’s convener.
“We have removed Section 9B from party constitution, which termed party founder Altaf Hussain’s endorsement mandatory in all decisions taken by Rabita Committee,” said Sattar.
He once again announced the party’s Pakistan chapter’s independence from London chapter and requested all and sundry not to doubt intentions of partys’ Pakistan-based leaders.
“Our policies and decisions are independent and MQM London has nothing to do with it,” said Sattar.
Farooq Sattar also announced inclusion of four new leaders namely Sardar Ahmad, Khalid Maqbool, Khuwaja Sohail Mansoor, and Rauf Siddiqui the Karachi Rabita Committee.
He urged the government to take notice of what he called “illegal seal of party headquarters Nine Zero”.
MQM’s Pakistan chapter led by Farooq Sattar, dissociated itself from the party chief’s statements and MQM’s London chapter on August 23 while later also removed Altaf Hussain’s name from party flag.
Dr Farooq Sattar also pledged on Wednesday to table a resolution against Altaf Hussain in the National Assembly, condemning the comments against Pakistan, he made in his recent speeches that went public.
Kamal rejects presser
Commenting on Farooq Sattar’s presser, rival party leader Mustafa Kamal claimed that his experience with MQM suggests that party does not follow its own constitution when it comes to Altaf Hussain.
“Altaf’s word is MQM’s constitution,” Kamal said during ARY News show “Live with Dr Shahid Masood.
Kamal, who now runs his own Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) maintained that Altaf Hussain is still “operational” and he fears for Sattar’s life.