PPP may poach more disgruntled Muttahida men amid anti-‘N’ push – Pakistan


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KARACHI: After the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) take care of the PML-N, the PPP has hit again by efficiently luring two former Muttahida lawmakers, and is alleged to be in a complicated stage of talks with sure different disgruntled MQM-P members to get their help earlier than the announcement of the election schedule, it emerged on Monday.

However, sources within the MQM-P blamed their nemesis, the Altaf Hussain-led MQM-London, for sending its loyalist to the PPP simply to harm the group that had parted methods with their London-based founder after his Aug 22, 2016 incendiary speech.

The MQM-P and the PML-N had lately agreed on a seat adjustment pact that’s seen by many as an anti-PPP transfer that might give the latter a bonus in city areas of Sindh in the course of the basic elections.

Although a number of former lawmakers and workplace-bearers of the MQM-P had joined the PPP over the previous two years, the latest inclusion of two former lawmakers into the PPP — ex-MNA Muzammil Qureshi and MPA Wasim Qureshi — has created ripples. 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 is attempting to minimize the event. At a staff’ conference held on Sunday, MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui “thanked the PPP for selecting up our trash”. And on the identical occasion, senior chief Mustafa Kamal described these becoming a member of “the sinking ship” of the PPP as “mad individuals” and introduced that none of them can be taken again into the occasion fold.

He went one step additional when he blamed the management of the Altaf Hussain-led MQM, generally referred to as MQM-London, for facilitating the PPP, notably in district Central, and stated that the previous ruling occasion in Sindh was banking on the doable name of boycott of elections from London.

An MQM-P supply advised Dawn that almost all occasion staff or former lawmakers who had joined the PPP had not been energetic within the occasion. “Some individuals in our occasion suspect that MQM-London is sending its loyalists to the PPP to weaken and injury us within the upcoming elections.”

However, London-based convener of the MQM-L Mustafa Azizabadi termed the allegations “false” and a part of a baseless propaganda in opposition to the occasion management.

“It’s the Bahadurabad group that had made a take care of the PPP [before the completion of term of the provincial assembly] to get its MPA appointed because the chief of the opposition within the Sindh Assembly,” he stated. “Mustafa Kamal had stated in a speech that he had proof. I problem him to current the so-known as proof in entrance of the individuals in any public assembly.”

He stated that the MQM-P was levelling allegations solely as a result of the “Mohajir individuals” had rejected them.

MQM-P sources stated that there have been two colleges of thought within the occasion and the primary group wished to have an understanding with the PPP, however the different group who confused the necessity to proceed their partnership with the PML-N prevailed.

“Blaming MQM-London for our personal weaknesses shouldn’t be the best factor. Everyone is aware of many leaders have been sidelined after the merger between PSP and MQM-P… so there must be no shock if a few of them have joined or going to affix and even contemplating becoming a member of the PPP,” one other MQM-P supply stated, including that this is able to not have occurred had the MQM-P not joined palms with the PML-N so early.

The PPP management, nevertheless, has stored its playing cards very near the chest as they don’t seem to be even naming names in personal dialog of these planning to affix.

Senator Nisar Khuhro, the provincial president of the PPP, advised Dawn that his occasion had welcomed all these leaders and staff of the MQM-P who wished to turn out to be a part of mainstream politics and believed on the supremacy of the Constitution, solidarity of the nation and democracy.

“We will welcome all MQM-P staff and leaders who’re prepared to affix the PPP, however there will likely be no compromise on the Constitution and the integrity of Sindh.”

Published in Dawn, November twenty first, 2023

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