Pakistan’s MQM ‘breaks off’ from Party chief,Altaf Hussain

KARACHI: As Pakistan’s Political Party Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain’s anti-Pakistan speech triggered countrywide uproar and widespread condemnation in Pakistan, his senior aides ‘completely disowned’ his remarks and disavowed the London-based decision-making body of the party.

“What was said against the state, the slogans chanted [against Pakistan] were never a part of MQM’s policy from day one,” Dr Farooq Sattar told a news conference at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) where he was not allowed to speak by the Rangers a day earlier. He was flanked by other senior party colleagues, including Nasreen Jalil, Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Amir Liaquat Hussain.

Sattar accused Altaf of repeatedly embarrassing the party. “We have decided to address his mental tension, or illness, or whatever condition he is suffering from,” he said.
“The MQM cannot afford to suffer this damage time and time again,” he said, explaining what he claimed was a party decision to take control away from Altaf. “It is MQM Pakistan, so it should be operated from Pakistan,” he added. “This message is for there (London) and it is for here.”

Altaf apologised for his Monday’s vitriolic address given under ‘immense mental stress’, but Sattar said his party could not afford this to happen again. “Such things will never happen in future,” he held out an assurance in an attempt to soothe frayed tempers.

Altaf Hussain hands over complete power to Rabita Committee


Meanwhile,Hours after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) cut off all ties with party chief Altaf Hussain, he officially handed over complete power to the Rabita Committee.

“I am handing over complete power related to policy making, decision making as well as organisational authority to the Rabita Committee,” the MQM supremo said while praying to God to grant Rabita Committee the ability to serve the country and its people, as best as possible.

“Leader Altaf Hussain endorses Rabita Committee’s presser; tasks RC to deal with organisational/political issues,” MQM convenor Nadeem Nusrat said on Twitter.

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