MQM-P's intra-party elections to be held today

KARACHI: Preparations for MQM-P’s intra-party elections, to be held today, are underway here in Karachi.

The polling — to elect the party’s convener, deputy convener, Rabita Committee, and Central Executive Committee — will start at 1pm and continue until 6pm.

The positions fell vacant after the  Rabita Committee removed Dr Farooq Sattar as the party’s convener, who later dissolved the party’s central coordination committee.

The infighting between MQM-P’s two factions — Sattar-led PIB and Rabita Committee-led Bahudarabad — started over the issue of distribution of party tickets for next month’s Senate elections. The latter had strongly opposed Sattar’s nomination of the relative newcomer Kamran Tessori over seasoned party leaders.

Khawaja Izhar, Sardar Ahmed’s meeting with Sattar futile

The latest efforts of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’S (MQM-P) leaders Sardar Ahmed and Khawaja Izharul Hassan to reconcile differences with Dr Farooq Sattar remained futile, media reported.

Sattar stood by his group’s decision to hold intra-party elections today (Sunday).

“I’m not from UP, I’m a Gujrat-born,” he said. “I don’t want to become Altaf Hussain but also want to turn into Mamnoon Hussain.”

MQM-P’s deposed convener, on Thursday, had denied reports of meeting Sindh Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro and asking him for a list of MQM-P workers serving on government posts.
He insisted that party activists serving in government departments are being misled and called on the “owners and editor” of a private news channel to demand resignation from the reporter behind the story.
Commenting on allegations by the Bahadurabad faction of the party, Sattar had said he had clearly instructed his affiliates to abstain from issuing unnecessary statements.