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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) seems to have undergone a failed internal coup. While party chief Dr Farooq Sattar had announced he would visit the party headquarters in Bahadurabad later on Friday, the party’s Rabita Committee in the meantime wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) trying to wrest signing authority from Sattar.
The letter informed the commission that the authority to issue party tickets rests with the Rabita Committee, not the party chief.
However, ECP officials in response to the letter have stated that the authority to issue tickets rests with the party chief and no one else.
Earlier the letter sent by the Rabita Committee stated that according to Section 19(a) of the party’s constitution, the authority to nominate candidates for election rests with the Rabita Committee. It further adds that the Rabita Committee had in its session finalized the names of candidates for the Senate of Pakistan elections.
Finally, the letter informs the ECP that the authority to write letters to the commission with regards to candidates rests with Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and if the power to issue tickets to candidates rested with any individual that power stands withdrawn.The letter to the ECP comes at a time when the rift between party chief Farooq Sattar and members of the Rabita Committee has widened. Both sides fielded separate candidates for the Senate election. The issue stems from Sattar wanting to award a Senate ticket to Kamran Tessori, a move which has been opposed by the Rabita Committee.
“This seems like an internal coup against Sattar whose stand for Tessori seems to be backfiring,” said analyst Shahzeb Khanzada.
“There are several reasons why this issue was not resolved. Whatever the final outcome it will be harmful to both sides,” said senior analyst Mazhar Abbas.
Earlier on Friday, speaking to the press outside his residence in the afternoon, Sattar said that he will chair a Rabita Committee session for the party’s Senate nominees at 7pm tonight.
“If a leader is responsible for taking the party ahead, he should also be given authority,” Sattar said, adding that, “This can’t happen that all failures are due to the leader, while he has got no authority.”