Muttahida Qaumi Motion-Pakistan (MQM-P), which has not but absolutely recovered after its 24-hour patch-up with Pak-Sarzameen Social gathering (PSP), is passing via one other disaster. Although some inside stories recommend the disaster has been averted, one has to attend and see when get together’s policymaking physique, Rabita Committee, meets to undo the modifications, made within the structure by chairman Dr Farooq Sattar.
In a associated improvement, certainly one of MQM’s founding members, Saleem Shahzad, after failing to get anywhere in any faction of the MQM, together with the PSP, is engaged on a brand new social gathering and can test his power on Dec sixteen, with a public assembly in Orangi City. This will probably be one other addition to already divided MQM. There are additionally reviews that previous Muhajir Rabita Council (MRC), which prior to now had supported the MQM and its founder throughout troublesome occasions like within the 1992 and 1995 operations, would additionally turn out to be lively earlier than elections.
The MQM-P, which can test its reputation in Hyderabad with a public assembly on Dec eight, has been dealing with a unique type of disaster inside. The newest disaster it confronted when the get together management got here to know the drastic modifications made within the social gathering structure by Dr Sattar with an alleged consent of some others individuals. The demand from Rabita Committee, whose assembly couldn’t be held for a number of weeks, has been withdrawal of those modifications and the newest information is that Dr Sattar has agreed to undo it to revive the social gathering’s unique structure, submitted to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) after Aug 23. One other proposal to scale back the power of Rabita Committee can also be into account.
What I’ve gathered after speaking to some senior MQM leaders, Dr Sattar has been underneath immense strain from sure quarters of the institution, and within the course of he had not taken celebration’s highest policymaking physique, Rabita Committee, into confidence over the difficulty of adjusting the MQM Structure. The modifications have been made to empower the chairman, who will be capable of take selections with out in search of approval of the Rabita Committee. Sources stated many celebration leaders perceive the sort of strain the MQM chief has been dealing with since Aug 22, and in addition recognise that he, by far, is probably the most acceptable chief inside the MQM. He has been requested to take the committee into confidence and withdraw the modifications made within the social gathering’s structure.
“We all know he has not executed it on his personal, however what stunned a few of us is that he doesn’t even take his nicely-wishers into confidence in a few of the dedication he has given to those that have been forcing him for merger with the PSP,” a senior MQM chief informed the author on the situation of anonymity.
It was surprising for a few of the MQM-P leaders once they got here to know concerning the modifications made within the get together’s structure and the identical has been submitted even within the ECP. “The disclosure got here not from him however from the third celebration, concerned within the negotiations,” MQM chief added.
Dr Sattar typically prevented solutions to this specific query however, when he held a joint press convention with the PSP leaders, Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani, strain was fairly seen from his face, one thing which he recovered from in his second press convention, which led to the break-up with the PSP, and the 2 accused one another of betrayal, and for the primary time the position of the third social gathering was additionally uncovered, inflicting embarrassment to them as nicely.
Whereas Sattar made fairly an influence in his press convention and get together leaders additionally requested him to withdraw his resignation, however he has now been requested to convene the assembly of the Rabita Committee to debate the mysteriously made constitutional modification, which has virtually made the chairman all highly effective, who may even declare the get together elections void.
Social gathering leaders confirmed that the Rabita Committee assembly has not been held for the previous three weeks regardless of repeated request from the highest leaders. Dr Sattar feared that the Rabita Committee wouldn’t solely scratch all these amendments made with out the consent of the Rabita Committee, but in addition take motion towards its deputy convener, Kamran Tissori, whom many MQM leaders felt the person behind the transfer.
This author has additionally learnt that whereas the MQM-P is aware of that the stature of Dr Sattar and does not need to push him in a state of affairs the place he would both give up and go overseas or settle for the supply from its rival, Pak-Sarzameen Celebration.
A central PSP chief stated, “We all know the significance of Farooq Bhai and in addition his political credentials. If he decides to hitch us, it will be like getting probably the most prized wicket of the MQM.”
What occurred within the final six to eight months between Dr Farooq Sattar, the PSP leaders and the institution has already raised many questions. Some sources stated that at one stage, Sattar had succumbed to the strain and was able to wind up the MQM and depart the nation.
Sources stated the umpire concerned within the talks agreed in giving time to him and the PSP leaders to work out some acceptable components. This most questionable course of has additionally uncovered the position of the outstanding chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Faisal Wadwa and the MQM chief Kamran Tissori.
Later within the talks, MQM chief Faisal Sabzwari and Khwaja Izharul Hasan additionally joined and in some conferences even another senior social gathering leaders have been additionally invited. From the PSP, Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani got here with full mandate.
MQM-P Rabita Committee’s majority weren’t in favour of giving up the get together’s identify, flag and election image. However, Sattar was underneath a lot strain that he virtually confronted nervous breakdown.
It was not merely the strain on the MQM to merge with the PSP or search for political answer minus MQM-London and its founder. But, when the MQM voted in favour of PM Shahid Khakan Abbasi after some assurance from the PML-N, some quarters expressed their displeasure.
MQM-P chief Khwaja Izhar and Faisal Sabzwari obtained shock of their lifetime when through the negotiations, the third social gathering allegedly dropped the bombshell by saying that MQM-P chairman had all powers to make the choice. It was through the assembly that for the primary time they got here to know concerning the modifications made within the Structure with out their consent.
Once they inquired from Dr Sattar, they discovered he had no convincing reply and thus they remained silent. Kh Izhar and Faisal then proposed that as an alternative of merger they need to go for political alliance. Kamal and Anees advised the MQM leaders that they have been able to give up PSP’s identify however MQM also needs to agree on third identify like Pakistan Qaumi Motion, the identify which PSP needed to undertake on the time of launch of the PSP.
No ambiguity is left now that the joint press convention of the MQM and PSP was nicely scripted, however each side later blamed one another from going out of script. It’s a darkish chapter in Pakistan’s political historical past that how Sindh and specific city Sindh politics wa being managed. Whereas such makes an attempt up to now couldn’t obtain desired leads to 1992 within the case of MQM-H in 1993, the MQM underneath Azeem Tariq, maybe, was near ending the job.
MQM-London and its founder, Altaf Hussain’s repeated self-inflicted accidents performed an essential position in social gathering’s break-up and downfall after social gathering’s final largest election victory in 2013. The bMQM, which couldn’t recuperate after 2013 elections as a result of again-to-again splits, first in March, 2016, when Pak-Sarzameen Get together was shaped and second on Aug 22 (Pak), dealing with yet one more disaster and it additionally raises some questions over Dr Farooq Sattar’s management capability.
Issues appeared fairly bleak for the MQM, within the current political state of affairs and if it fails to beat the disaster quickly, writing is on the wall for them, which may additionally deliver an finish to “The motion referred to as MQM”. It’s now or by no means like state of affairs for them.
Some MQM leaders consider that Liaquatabad public assembly had given them lot of hope and Hyderabad might be one other test whether or not individuals nonetheless believe within the celebration or have determined to go for a change.
The author is the senior columnist and analyst of Geo, The Information and Jang.
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