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Handwritten note details November 8 agreement between MQM-P and PSP

KARACHI: A handwritten note obtained by ARY News reveals the four-point agenda upon which rival parties Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) agreed before the announcement of an alliance on November 8.

The note, purportedly written by MQM-Pakistan’s Khawaja Izharul Hassan states that “in the larger interest of city and province” and to save Karachi’s mandate from the division, the two parties have decided to “unite”.

“God Willing, the leadership of the two parties will contest the upcoming general elections under one name, one electoral symbol and one manifesto,” reads the note.

The note further says that the two parties also ask their workers to help (their leadership) in this positive and collective effort while the modalities of this alliance and the future strategy will be decided after mutual consultation.

 

Interestingly, the note has no signature whatsoever by any MQM-P or PSP member.

It is pertinent to note here that earlier in the day, PSP chief told media that he has the handwritten copy of the agreement between his party and MQM-Pakistan.

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‘MERGER’ OR ‘ALLIANCE’

It is pertinent to note here that on November 8, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement- Pakistan (MQM-P) announced to form a political alliance and vowed to contest next general elections under “one banner, name, manifesto and electoral symbol.

Addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club, MQM-P chief and PSP chief Mustafa Kamal announced what Kamal terms a “merger” of the two parties who were once a part of Altaf Hussain-led MQM.

“To solve problems of people of Karachi through collective efforts and to further our agenda of non-violence, we have decided to form a political alliance. We will decide the name and modalities of this alliance in future but one thing is for sure, we will contest next general elections under one name, one banner, one manifesto and one electoral symbol,” Farooq Sattar had said.

However, the decision of forming alliance or merger was taken back within 24 hours as Farooq Sattar heavily criticised Kamal in his November 9 presser in which he first announced to quit MQM and politics but soon took back his resignation and announced to contest polls under MQM’s name and with the electoral symbol of Kite.

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