Monday Oct 23 2017

Sattar, several MQM-P leaders in contact with party founder: Salman Mujahid


KARACHI: Samlan Mujahid Baloch, former member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, alleged on Sunday that several party leaders including Farooq Sattar have been in touch with the MQM founder and the series of allegations between the two sides is just a show-off.

Speaking on Geo News' programme 'Jirgah', the former MQM-P leader said that Sattar and other leaders of the MQM-P congratulated the party founder on his birthday via telephone and cut a cake on the occasion as well.

Baloch, whom the party expelled from its ranks on Friday, said the MQM[-P] is in control of District Municipal Corporations (DMCs) and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), adding that they would make money and go abroad.

He noted the MQM-P chief has been saying in the past that he is "under pressure" and will have to go towards a merger or an alliance with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).

"Sattar may call on PSP leaders, but why does he not tell the people," the former MQM-P leader questioned.

While he further said that a few of the MQM-P leaders are only pretending to have had a fallout with the London-based party founder, a few have actually stood up against him.

Commenting on his removal from the party, Baloch said he came to know of his expulsion through the media.

"Neither do I intend to form another faction, nor am I going to join another party," he said.

On Friday, a spokesman for the MQM-P had said the party had cancelled membership of Salman Mujahid Baloch for violating party discipline, advising members not to have contact with him.

Salman had alleged that he was being punished for raising voice against the expulsion of another party member, Irum Azeem Farooque, in the past.

"They cannot expel me, the party isn’t the property of anyone and it belongs to every common man," Baloch had said, during his appearance on Geo News' programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath'. "I am asking the same question as Nawaz Sharif, Mujhe kyun nikala (why was I expelled)?"

"No one got the MQM in their father’s will," he had said. "We accepted him [Sattar] as our leader even though he has no leadership qualities."