KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar along with other members of the Rabitta Committee visited Yadgar-e-Shuhuda in Azizabad in a ground close to the party’s sealed headquarters in Karachi on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the plan to visit the monument was postponed; however, according to media reports, it was because the MQM-P leadership had not asked the district administration for permission prior to making the announcement for the march.
Speaking to reporters outside his residence in the morning, Sattar said only the party leadership would be visiting the monument in the afternoon, for which permission had been accorded. However, he went to say that he cannot stop the supporters who come to join him as they would come out of respect for the martyrs.
“The government and administration should have made these arrangements… [they] should have given us our right to use our freedom, which we are not being given,” the MQM-P chief told journalists after a meeting of the Rabita Committee in Bahadurabad.
He marched on foot from Mukka Chowk (Liaquat Ali Khan Chowk) on foot to reach the Yadgar-e-Shuhada. Sattar offered Fateha at the graves of the party’s martyrs memorial and laid floral wreaths. He was accompanied by the party’s leadership including Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar, Kamran Tessori, Faisal Subzwari and others.
Farooq Saatar said that the party had left behind August 22, 2016, and was cleaned of disruptive elements with educated people in its ranks, adding the party has redeemed itself of torture allegations.
Talking to media later in the day, MQM-P leader Faisal Sabzwari said that Dr Sattar had not ruled out talks with Mustafa Kamal for the sake of Sindh and its people. Sabzwari further said the PSP chief missed an opportunity of forming a political alliance despite the fact they had a chance. However, he rubbished the claims of merger of the party with PSP.
Speaking to journalists after the visit to the memorial site, MQM-P leader Nasreen Jalil also said that the offer for talks with the PSP still stands.
Roads leading from Madni Masjid and Liaquat Ali Khan road to the Yadgar-e-Shuhada were closed for all sorts of traffic and Rangers were deployed all along the path to make sure that no rally is taken out without permission.
On November 9, Sattar retracted his decision to quit the party and politics, just after an hour, saying his mother had convinced him to keep serving the people of Pakistan.
“My mother ordered me to continue serving the country and its people. To fulfil her wishes, I take my decision back,” he remarked late on Thursday night, almost an hour after announcing his decision to quit.
Following the announcement of the resignation in the first presser, Sattar went inside his house which was surrounded by party members. The members tried to pacify Sattar and convince him to take his decision back.