KARACHI: Muthahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Faisal Subzwari told journalists on Friday during his press conference revealing that party chairman Dr Farooq Sattar had told the Rabita Committee members if Tessori will not contest then party will not contest Senate elections.
Speaking to journalists, Subzwari said no one in the party including himself could understand the importance of Tessori in the party.
Subzwari told journalists, that after moving past the hurdle created by Tessori’s nomination, Farooq Sattar said he will furnish a list of ten names from outside the party and the Rabita Committee can choose four names from that list.
Faisal Subzwari continued to maintain that Dr Farooq Sattar remains the party’s chief but has not come to the party headquarters as yet.
He underlined that all authority rests with the Rabita Committee and it was the committee that would hand over its authority to the Convenor or party chief.
The way events continue to unfold from either side of the apparently divided party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) seems to have undergone a failed internal coup.
Party chief Dr Farooq Sattar had announced earlier in the day that he would visit the party headquarters in Bahadurabad later in the evening, the party’s Rabita Committee in the meantime wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) trying to wrest signing authority from Sattar.
The letter informed the commission that the authority to issue party tickets rests with the Rabita Committee, not the party chief.
However, ECP officials in response to the letter have stated that the authority to issue tickets rests with the party chief and no one else.
Earlier the letter sent by the Rabita Committee stated that according to Section 19(a) of the party’s constitution, the authority to nominate candidates for election rests with the Rabita Committee. It further adds that the Rabita Committee had in its session finalized the names of candidates for the Senate of Pakistan elections.
Finally, the letter informs the ECP that the authority to write letters to the commission with regards to candidates rests with Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and if the power to issue tickets to candidates rested with any individual that power stands withdrawn.