Pakistan

KARACHI (Staff Report) – MQM leader Wassem Aftab on Thursday announced joining the three-member party of Mustafa Kamal, the ex-mayor of Karachi during a press conference in Sindh capital.

Earlier this week, former MQM minister Dr Sagheer Ahmad became the third member of the party, yet to be named, founded by Mustafa Kamal after his dramatic return to the politics in Sindh capital.

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In 2005, Ahmed was elected as an MPA for the first time in the constituency in the by-elections on December 10 after the seat was vacated by the then MQM leader Mustafa Kamal following the latter’s election as the mayor of Karachi.

He had remained associated with the MQM for 28 years and was elected to the provincial assembly seat from PS-117 in 2008 and 2013 as well.

Ahmed had resigned from the party in 1999 too over differences with its policies. Back then, he had said the MQM had lost its direction by neglecting the struggle for Mohajirs’ rights and participating in electoral politics.

Aftab, who had headed the first Karachi Tanzeemi Committee and All-Pakistan Mohajir Qaumi Movement, has been away from limelight after the committee was disbanded.

Iftikhar Alam, who is member of the Sindh Assembly from Azizabad, was also welcomed by Kamal at the start of the press conference.

Iftikhar Alam said: “Hundreds have sacrificed their lives, hundreds yet live in exile.

He was fielded by the MQM for PS-106 constituency of Karachi’s Azizbabad area where the party headqauerters Nine Zero is located.

 

This is a developing story. More updates to follow…