KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) suffered a major setback on Sunday as one more leader and Deputy Mayor of Karachi Arshad Vohra bid the party adieu and joined the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).
Addressing a press conference alongside PSP president Anis Qaimkhani at Pakistan House, Vohra announced joining Mustafa Kamal’s PSP.
Vohra said many prominent names, including MNAs, associated with the MQM-P were willing to ditch MQM-P to join Kamal-led PSP, adding that he did not join the party under any kind of pressure.
Offering apology for failing to serve the public, he said that he preferred to relinquish his post if he could not keep the promises he had made to his voters.
Referring to MQM-P leaders’ hue and cry over limited resources and powers, Vohra said they could still have delivered despite finite resources.
PSP to field candidates
PSP president Qaimkhani said if Dr Farooq Sattar had moral standing, he along with his party men should resign from membership of the provincial and national assemblies as a large number of leaders associated with his party were ready to join the PSP.
He was referring to Dr Sattar’s warning last Sunday that the lawmakers of his party would resign, if they were coerced into changing their allegiance.
If MQM-P legislators resign, the PSP will field its candidates in the by-elections on the vacated seats, he further said.
He said the party had rejected the provisional results of the census 2017.
A day earlier, MQM-P head Dr Farooq Sattar had lamented that his party activists and leaders were being forced to change their allegiance.
Taking a swipe at PSP, he said the party was formed to dry-clean outlaws. Referring to a MQM member from North Nazimabad town, Sohail Qureshi, joining PSP, he said Qureshi was forced to ditch his old party.