Pakistan

KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Babar Ghori on Sunday resigned from the party citing personal reasons.

The former federal minister has called his decision to quit the party purely personal and said he is not joining any other group or party, for now, reports local TV channels.

Ghauri, currently, was associated with MQM London. He has remained federal minister for ports and shipping, as well as a lawmaker in the provincial and national assemblies, and the Senate.

Talking to media from the United States, Babar said he has been politically inactive for around a year.

To a question, whether he is resigning from MQM-London or Pakistan, he said: “there is only one MQM and that is in London”. He added that he has never been a part of the MQM that is working out of Pakistan.

He said it will be good if the MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP)’s merger succeeds as the Mohajir community is being neglected.

The MQM split into two factions after a controversial speech by its London-based founder in August 2016. Pakistan-based MQM recently announced a short-lived ‘alliance’ with PSP, which was formed by former MQM leaders Mustafa Kamal and Anis Kaimkhani in 2016.