–Sattar rejects party’s decision, terms it ‘illegal and unconstitutional’
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Friday expelled senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar, said an official notification on Friday.
A session of the Rabita Committee was held in Bahadurabad, in which it was decided that no contact would be maintained with Sattar.
MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan said that the party’s rules and regulations are known to everyone and someone flouting rules cannot stay in the party.
Sattar stepped back from party matters after he was not issued a ticket for the by-election.
He had also resigned from the party’s top decision-making body, Rabita Committee last month. The resignation had come in the backdrop of Sattar’s confirmation that he was consulting with his close friends over an offer he had received from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to join the party.
Moreover, differences between Sattar and another leader of the party, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, had intensified prior to the 2018 General Elections held on July 25, following which MQM-P was split into two groups – Sattar’s PIB and Siddiqui’s Bahadurabad faction.
Farooq Sattar took over as the chief of Pakistan faction of the party following August 22, 2016 violence in Karachi.
SATTAR REJECTS PARTY’S DECISION:
Addressing a press conference later on, Sattar rejected MQM-P’s decision of expelling him from the party.
He termed the decision illegal, unconstitutional and against the party rules.
“They issued me a show cause notice a week ago. When I told them that I did not receive any notice, they sent another one. They should have at least waited for my reply,” he said.
He said that he learned of his expulsion from the party through the media.
He said that those who had occupied the party lacked the courage to inform of their decision through a proper press conference in presence of the party members.
Pointing fingers at the leaders of the party’s Bahadurabad faction, he said that they did not even inform the reason behind his expulsion.