KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) Chief Farooq Sattar on Saturday evening said his utmost efforts are aimed towards saving the party from splitting up.
“My utmost effort is aimed towards stopping this party from splitting. We can not let 40 years of efforts go to waste,” said the MQM-P chief while addressing a press conference at his PIB Colony residence.
Sattar and the party’s Rabita Committee have been at loggerheads over the allotment of Senate tickets and the rift intensified as the latter wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday, informing the ECP that the authority to issue party tickets rests with the committee, not the party chief.
During the press conference, the embattled MQM-P chief said that if four new names can be agreed upon between “PIB and Bahadurabad, then I will take the first flight to Bahadurbad”.
Sattar clarified that the current issue does not stem from stubbornness or ego, however, he maintained that the issue is not about Tessori’s Senate nomination, rather the “issue is something else entirely”.
The MQM-P chief further said the issue emerging from the Senate nomination was not supposed to go public, as it is the first rule of the party to keep its matters private.
Welcoming the difference of opinion, Sattar said it is the beauty of a democratic party that difference of opinion is solved through discussion.
Earlier today, the Rabita Committee, in what seemed to be a new attempt to appease disgruntled chief Farooq Sattar, announced to rescind a letter it had written to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
In a new turn of events, the Rabita Committee announced to visit Sattar at his residence in Karachi’s PIB Colony during a media address at the party’s Bahadurabad office.
“We are going to make a new attempt today,” party leader Kanwar Naveed Jamil had told journalists. “We are rescinding the letter earlier sent to the ECP and the deputy convener is on his way to meet Sattar.”
Senior deputy convener Amir Khan Saturday evening said that attempts were being made to give an impression that he was trying to hijack the party.
“Attempts are being made to create an impression that I am trying to hijack the party,” a tearful Khan told the journalists. “[People] are also trying to create an impression that there is a rift between Sattar and I.”
He refuted rumours about his desire to get a prominent position in the party.
“I am happy to work as a party member…I have never wanted to have a position in the party,” he said. “You don’t get respect from positions.” -Web Desk