ECP accepts Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as MQM-P convener as registration revised

ECP accepts Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as MQM-P convener as registration revised

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) formally accepted Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener and registered the party under his name.
The ECP, while acting on the petition submitted by MQM’s Rabita Committee, revised MQM-P’s registration with Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as its convener.
Siddiqui was elected by MQM-P’s Rabita Committee as the party’s convener after “removal” of his predecessor Farooq Sattar, who did not accept the committee’s decision and in turn announced an intra-party election and a general workers’ session on February 17.
MQM-P leader Farogh Nasim earlier told media that the real MQM-P is there in the party’s Bahadurabad office and the party is no longer registered in Farooq Sattar’s name.
“Rabita Committee can remove the party convener and the committee also has the right to award Senate tickets,” said Farogh Nasim, who added that Sattar is free to legally challenge the Bahadurabad faction’s moves but the general workers’ session he has announced is a violation of party constitution.
Both MQM-P Rabita Committee and Farooq Sattar removed each other on Sunday as Sattar announced dissolving the party’s Rabita Committee, hours after members of the coordination committee at the party’s Bahadurabad office said Sattar was no longer the convener of the party.
Sattar and the Rabita Committee had been at loggerheads over the allotment of Senate tickets. The rift intensified as the Rabita Committee wrote a letter to the February 16, informing the electoral body that the authority to issue the party tickets rests with the committee, not the convener.
With Farooq Sattar ousted from Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of the Bahadurabad faction has emerged as the party’s new convener.
The faction claimed that MQM-P is registered under the name of Siddiqui who will preside over the Rabita Committee meetings from now on.
The party members also told that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allotted them the Kite symbol which they will use in the upcoming elections in the parliament.
Farooq Naseem, MQM-P Bahadurabad group leader, said, “ECP allotted us Kite symbol.”
On the other hand, the opposing PIB Colony faction is all-set to challenge the decision made by the committee through legal means. Both factions are likely to fight over the party’s election symbol.
On Sunday, Coordination committee of MQM-P had sacked Sattar as convener of the political party, a day after the rift was reported to have been resolved. He complained that Sattar’s mistake caused MQM’s registration to be cancelled by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He said that senior members and workers of the organisation had elected Sattar as the convener. – NNI