MQM-P rift intact as two separate party sessions remain inconclusive

MQM-P rift intact as two separate party sessions remain inconclusive

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KARACHI: The deadlock and difference of opinions within Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) top leadership remained intact over issuance of Senate ticket to Kamran Tessori

The party held  two separate party meetings are being held in PIB Colony and Bahadurabad areas of the city. MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar called a party meeting at his residence in PIB Colony where a final list of party candidates was compiled for the upcoming Senate elections in March.

Party leaders including MPA Waqar Shah, Kamran Akhtar, Zubair Ahmed have reached PIB Colony at Sattar’s residence to convene a meeting. On the other hand, a meeting was chaired by five deputy conveners of MQM-P in Bahadurabad area of the city to deliberate on the situation arising out of the internal rifts.

Both meeting appeared inconclusive as Farooq Sattar reportedly insisted on issuance of ticket to Tessori.

Meeting ends on inconclusive note

Earlier on Tuesday, a meeting of senior leaders of MQM-P was held to breach the stalemate and eliminate differences within the party over the matter. However, the meeting ended on inconclusive note as no breakthrough was made over the issuance of Senate ticket to Tessori.

Following the meeting with Rabita Committee members over party differences, MQM-P convener Farooq Sattar said there were some matters in which the ultimate power of decision should be with the party head.

“We should learn the mechanism of resolving conflicts. Disagreements among brothers should not be made public,” he said talking to media outside his house at PIB colony on Tuesday night.

The differences surfaced among MQM-P party leaders on giving Kamran Tessori party ticket for Senate elections, the fact that has been denied by Farooq Sattar saying that it was not merely an issue of a Senate seat, it was far beyond that, he added.

However, he said, he was satisfied with the workers’ cooperation and Rabita Committee members’ assurance that “you are our senior and you are our chief”.

“Now that it has been decided that I am the head of the party, respect for the party head should be in heart. I do not want respect just verbally. My opinion should be respected,” he asserted.

“We are all brothers to each other. We are one. We have to establish our unity. After this meeting we will deliberate (on issues). We will hold a meeting in the day if some matter is left to be addressed,” he said.

The MQM-P chief said they did not want to give anybody a chance to feel rejoiced over their differences.

He said they had to improve the party situation further. They had never been in favor of any rift and they had to manage it from onward, he said.

He said people should differentiate between disagreement and division. He said Rabita Committee and its all members were intact.

“However, should I see any behavioral fault in party members, I will adopt strict action against it,” he warned.

Who is Kamran Tessori?

Tessori is a newcomer in the party, who joined the MQM-P last year and quickly rose to prominence. He was previously a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F).

Sattar-led MQM-P has also fielded Tessori to contest PS-114 by-election in Karachi against the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Saeed Ghani but lost by a big margin.

Senate Election

Four out of eight MQM-P senators, including Col (r) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Dr. Mohammad Farogh Naseem, Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi, and Nasreen Jalil will retire next month.

The party intend to contest for 12 Senate seats from Sindh. In the 168-member provincial assembly, MQM-P enjoys support of 50 lawmakers which makes it the second largest political party in the province.

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