MQM-P expels Senator Mian Ateeq for supporting PML-N on Election Bill 2017

10:24 AM | 25 Sep, 2017
MQM-P expels Senator Mian Ateeq for supporting PML-N on Election Bill 2017
KARACHI - The Mutta­hida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has expelled Senator Mian Ateeq from the party for voting in favour of an election bill paving the way for former premier Nawaz Sharif to head Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz again.

The opposition-dominated Senate passed the Election Bill, 2017 recently while defeating a Pakistan Peoples Party amendment that would have blocked a disqualified person from becoming the office-bearer of a political party with a mere one vote.

The legislation would not have sailed through the Upper House had Ateeq not voted in favour of the ruling party.

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The decision to oust the head of MQM-P Punjab chapter was taken in a meeting chaired by party head Dr Farooq Sattar who on Sunday said that Mian Ateeq had committed a “grave mistake” which for­ced “us to take the extreme decision”.

The party also issued a show-cause notice to other senators for their absence from the Senate session which passed the key election bill.

Apart from MQM, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has also issued show-cause notices to two of the seven PTI senators – Nauman Wazir Khattak and Brig (retd) John Kenneth Williams – who were absent when the bill was put up for a vote in Senate.