ECP suspends MQM-P minority MNA's membership after reports of 'anti-state activities'

MQM-P says Mohan Manjiani's resignation was sought after intelligence institutions' report

Kiran Khan

  • Manjiani says resignation sent in his name has "fake" signatures. 
  • Legislator travels to Dubai after reports of illegal activities. 
  • MQM-P refutes Manjiani’s claims, says letter has his real signatures.

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) suspended the membership of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's (MQM-P) member of the National Assembly (MNA) Dr Mohan Manjiani — who was elected on a minority seat after the February 8 general election — it emerged on Tuesday.

A notification issued by the electoral body stated that Manjiyani's membership will remain suspended till further notice.

The suspension came after Manjiani reportedly tendered his resignation to the ECP; however, the legislator denied resigning and claimed that the signatures on the document were not his.

Speaking to Geo News on the matter, Manjiani said that the initials on the resignation letter sent to ECP were "fake". The case of his NA membership was in the election tribunal and was yet to be decided, he added.

Moreover, he said that was not considering contacting the party on the matter as there was no room left for that. 

Manjiani also said that he has travelled to Dubai.

Reacting to the development, MQM-P Rabita Committee said that the party sought a resignation from Manjiani after receiving reports from intelligence agencies about his involvement in some illegal and anti-state activities.

It stated that Manjiani's activity in the Indian embassy in Islamabad was also noticed.

The committee also refuted Manjiani’s claims about the signatures being fake, saying that the letter submitted to the ECP had his real signatures.