One of the founding leaders of the party, Saleem Shahzad resigned from politics back in October 2015, told ARY News that he fully supports Farooq Sattar in his bid to dissociate the party from Altaf Hussain.
Planing to resign from politics
— Saleem Shahzad (@saleemshahzad6) October 15, 2015
Shahzad urged “all corrupt and terrorist elements” to leave MQM Pakistan. He also claimed that during his stay with the party, he heard about party’s funding from Indian Intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). It is pertinent to mention here that Shahzad also tweeted “Pakistan Zindabad” on August 22 after MQM chief’s speech in which he reportedly urged the party members to raise “Pakistan Murdabad” (death to Pakistan) slogans.
Always say Pakistan Zindabad Pakistan zindabad — Saleem Shahzad (@saleemshahzad6) August 22, 2016
Altaf’s anti-Pakistan speech and attack on ARY News
MQM chief Altaf Hussain reportedly issued anti-Pakistan statements and urged his followers to chant slogans against Pakistan in his August 22 speech outside Karachi Press Club. Though Altaf rendered a formal apology after the speech, a party leader who resigned after the speech, claimed that Altaf defended his speech in a telephone call even after the apology.
The speech also incited MQM workers to attack media houses which resulted in attack on ARY News office.