Ex-MQM lawmakers Muzammil Qureshi, Wasim Qureshi pledge allegiance to PPP as party eyes more desertions – Pakistan


Former MQM-Pakistan National Assembly member Muzammil Qureshi and ex-Sindh Assembly member Wasim Qureshi — who not too long ago joined the PPP — on Tuesday urged the folks of Karachi to assist the PPP within the upcoming elections, citing its “contributions to the event of the province” and a considerable vote financial institution as essential components to select it.

The endorsement for the PPP from former MQM members got here throughout a press convention led by PPP chief Saeed Ghani. Others who flanked Ghani included Mirza Khalil Baig, Saleem Bandani, Manohar Lal, Sumita Afzal, Tehseen Abidi, Muhammad Ali Brohi, Tauqeer Ahmed, and Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi.

The MQM-P and the PML-N had not too long ago agreed on a seat adjustment that’s seen by many as an anti-PPP transfer that might give the latter a bonus in city areas of Sindh throughout the normal elections.

Although a number of former lawmakers and workplace-bearers of the MQM-P had joined the PPP over the previous two years, the current inclusion of two former lawmakers into the PPP — ex-MNA Muzammil and MPA Wasim — has created ripples, in accordance to a Dawn report.

Muzammil had introduced the choice throughout a gathering with PPP-Parliamentarian president Asif Zardari, whereas Wasim pledged allegiance to the PPP at a public assembly held on Sunday in district Central.

But the MQM-P tried to play down the event. At a employees’ conference held on Sunday, MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui “thanked the PPP for selecting up our trash”. At the identical occasion, senior chief Mustafa Kamal described these becoming a member of “the sinking ship” of the PPP as “mad folks” and introduced that none of them could be allowed again into the party fold.

He went one step additional when he blamed the management of the Altaf Hussain-led MQM, generally recognized as MQM-London, for allegedly facilitating the PPP, notably in district Central, and mentioned that the previous ruling party in Sindh was banking on the potential name from London to boycott the polls.

At a presser in the present day, Muzammil mentioned everybody had a proper to be part of a political party of their alternative and any allegation or demeaning remarks by rivals had no worth.

“We have been tissue papers for you. Yes, you used us everytime you wished, after which discarded us,” he mentioned in a reference to the MQM-P management.

“I need folks to strive the PPP as their work is clear they usually have a big vote financial institution within the province.”

Former MQM MNA Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, who’s now additionally part of the PPP, credited the party for appointing an informed particular person — Murtaza Wahab —as Karachi’s mayor.

He emphasised that throughout the turbulent interval of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in 2007, it was solely the PPP that advocated for unity, in distinction to the “MQM’s stance on the disintegration of the nation”.

Mansoor commented on the current MQM-PMLN alliance, suggesting that former PM Nawaz Sharif ought to recognise the shortage of his affect in Karachi and MQM’s absence of a stronghold in Punjab. “This alliance isn’t going to make any impression,” he added.

Former MPA Wasim Qureshi highlighted, “Karachi acquired peace after quite a few sacrifices. Today we’ve no no-go space within the metropolis.”

Reflecting on the incident of August 22, 2016, when MQM supremo Altaf Hussain allegedly raised an “anti-Pakistan slogan,” Qureshi identified, “We stood for Pakistan and selected the nation’s stability. Since that day, we served this nation.”

PPP chief Ghani asserted that MQM was purportedly main a marketing campaign to impede the inclusion of more of its members into the PPP.

He acknowledged, “There was a convention previously that nobody might depart MQM, however the state of affairs has modified now. Many folks have come to us, others joined totally different political events. But inductions into PPP have triggered shock and panic amongst MQM ranks.”

Ghani added that more such inductions have been anticipated within the days to come.

He claimed {that a} rising variety of folks throughout the MQM had “realised that the party is not working as a political entity. Instead, it’s getting used to weaken the PPP within the province”.

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