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Sattar dissolves Rabita Committee, calls for fresh intra-party polls

12 February 2018

Dr Farooq Sattar, on his removal as convener of the MQM-P, made an interesting comment using a phrase ‘the cat is out of the bag’.

However, it appears that Dr Sattar was not impressed with the decision they personally communicated to him in the evening as he insisted on picking altogether new faces for March 3 Senate elections.

He said that now it was evident that the issue was not of allotment of the Senate tickets but it was just an issue of convenership of the party. He said the Rabita Committee and two of its delegations went to see their estranged leader, but he did not once visit their office in Bahadurabad as a show of goodwill. "The issue was not over tickets for Senate seats, it was about taking control over the party itself". He is no more MQM-P convener.

He also said that party workers were at a failure to comprehend why Kamran Tessori was so important to Sattar that he had gone to such lengths to secure a Senate ticket for him.

"Despite continuous reminders from the coordination committee, Sattar did not file the party workers' wealth statements with the ECP, due to which the party's registration was cancelled", he explained.

"The conspiracy has been revealed and the cat has come out of the bag now", he said. "He had time for NGOs but not for the party", he said pointing towards delaying in renewal of party registration that led to its cancellation.

In reaction to deputy conveners' action, Dr Sattar claimed that he was not de-seated but every loyal worker of the political party was symbolically de-seated today. He said this right was the sole privilege of the Rabita Committee, which was transferring it to deputy-convener Siddiqui.

A total of 17 nomination forms were submitted by the two groups within the MQP-P.

"With a heavy heart, we, the coordination committee members, announce to sack Farooq Sattar as convener". The coordination committee had finalised names of Nasreen Jalil, Dr Farogh Nasim, Aminul Haq and Amir Chishti as their candidates, but now Dr Sattar has been asked to finalise the names with consensus.

He termed the Rabita Committee decision tantamount to expelling all the party workers from the MQM-P.

Besides dissolving the Rabita Committee, Farooq Sattar also called for fresh intra-party polls on Feb 17.

Later, Dr Sattar told a TV programme that Mr Baloch, an MNA from a Karachi constituency (NA-239), had "left us because of some misunderstanding".

Sattar dissolves Rabita Committee, calls for fresh intra-party polls