MQM chiefs in UK sack Pakistan-based leaders from party

London-based leaders call on all followers and sympathisers of the party not to keep any relations with dismissed members

Gulf News

Karachi: The London leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) dismissed four more leaders of the party in Pakistan, saying they grossly violated the disciplinary code of the party.

A statement from London said Nadeem Nusrat, the convener of the party, presided over a meeting of the senior leaders and unanimously decided to terminate the basic membership of the four leaders.

The statement said, for committing serious violation of the code of discipline, Aamir Khan, Khawja Izharul Hasan, Faisal Sabzwari and Kishwar Zehra have been sacked from the party.

The London leadership of the MQM had already terminated the basic membership of Farooq Sattar, the head of MQM Pakistan faction, for violating the party constitution.

Altaf Hussain, the MQM founder, had also endorsed the decision, the statement said. The meeting also called on all the followers and sympathisers of the party to not keep any relations with the ousted leaders and maintain the discipline of the party.

The decisions from London came following the creation of the MQM Pakistan faction in August when the local leadership parted their ways from London on Hussain’s anti-Pakistan slogans.

Severe blow

Cracks emerged in the party early this year when Mustafa Kamal, the former mayor of Karachi and a confidant of Hussain, surfaced on the political scene in Karachi after months long self exile in the Gulf.

Kamal announced the creation of his own Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) wooing many MQM leaders into his party.

The united MQM was inflicted with a severe blow in August when Hussain delivered an incendiary speech against Pakistan and ordered his workers to attack on the media houses, at the culmination of a hunger strike, the MQM set up for the recovery of his missing workers.

The Pakistan leadership headed by Sattar, subsequently disassociated themselves from Hussain.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Kamal invited Sattar and all the other members of MQM Pakistan to join his party and he would receive them with open heart.

Three senior MQM members also announced their joining to Kamal’s party. They were Shakir Ali, who was the member of the executive committee of the MQM, Saleem Taji and Niak Mohammad.

He criticised Hussain for his alleged links with Indian spy agency.

Kamal also called upon the establishment to give the youth of MQM a chance to repent and announce general clemency so that they could be included in the peaceful political stream instead of adhering to the violent politics.