MQM-P registered under Siddiqui name, Bahadurabad claims

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SATTAR TERMS PREVAILING RC UNCONSTITUTIONAL

By Usman Malik

KARACHI: Khalid Maqbool led MQM-P claimed that MQM-P is now registered under the name of Siddiqui,who will preside over the Rabita Committee meetings from now on.

The party members also told that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allotted them the Kite symbol, which they will use in the upcoming elections in the parliament.Farooq Naseem, MQM-P Bahadurabad group leader, said, “ECP allotted us Kite symbol”. On the other hand, the opposing PIB Colony faction is all-set to challenge the decision made by the committee through legal means. Both factions are likely to fight over the party s election symbol.Earlier, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Barrister Farrogh Naseem said that there is no legal value of the general workers meeting summoned by Dr Farooq Sattar, because as per the party’s constitution, the Rabita Committee is the sole decision-making body.Naseem warned that as Sattar is not the party’s leader anymore, the MQM-P reserves the right to take legal action against him if he undertakes any unconstitutional measure.“Only a convener can call a worker’s meeting. Rabita Committee has relieved Sattar from his duties as convener,” Naseem said, adding that: “Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has submitted a resolution to the ECP that he is now the new party chief and convener.”Naseem said that Sattar should refrain from indulging in any madness and should let the party work under the law and constitution.He added that the Rabita Committee took back powers from Dr Sattar as a last measure.“Sattar should not ruin a party for a person. He should apologise to Rabita Committee so that he can be taken back in the party,” he said. “Or he can make his own party and induct Saleem Shahzad. No one is going to accept MQM-Haqiqi leader or Shehzad.”Naseem added that MQM-Pakistan will contest the election on the symbol of kite, its original symbol.Meanwhile, the Sindh election commissioner and returning officer for the Senate elections, Yousuf Khattak, has said that other than Ahmad Chinoy, all nominations from MQM-Pakistan have been accepted.He added that all the party nominations have come under the signature of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, adding that the issues within MQM-P are its internal matter.On Sunday, Coordination committee of MQM-P had sacked Sattar as convener of the political party, a day after the rift was reported to have been resolved.

He complained that Sattar’s mistake caused MQM’s resigtration to be cancelled by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He said that senior members and workers of the organisation had elected Sattar as the convener.

MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar termed prevailing Rabita Committee (RC) illegal and unconstitutional. While talking to journalists outside his residence in PIB Colony, Sattar said that party activists authorized him to conduct intra-party elections. He urged the party workers and leaders to boycott the prevailing Rabita Committee.

Farooq Sattar said that Bahadurabad drama should be closed. He said that he will issue the tickets for elections-2018 and added that the symbol of kite will be allotted to him. Sattar said that he will announced an interim committee tonight.

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