Farooq Approaches ECP Seeking Dissolution of Rabita Committee

Farooq Approaches ECP Seeking Dissolution of Rabita Committee

Karachi (February 13, 2018):  Dr Farooq Sattar, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQMP) chief has written to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday asserting that he had dissolved rabita committee of the political organisation on February 11 and intra-party polls are scheduled for February 17.

According to the letter written to the ECP, Dr Sattar had announced dissolution of rabita committee as convener of the party, in his address to general workers’ convention on February 13.

MQMP chief has stated that intra-party polls are scheduled to be held on February 17. Reportedly, the letter has copies attached along of resolutions passed in the workers convention. The commission is also provided with video evidence of the convention and announcement of MQMP chief.

His decision came after the committee sacked him as convener of the political party and selected the deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on his place.On the other hand, a spokesperson of ECP refuted the claims of MQM-P Bahadurabad faction and said that the party is not registered under the name of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

He also said that the ECP has not entertained any application regarding change of MQM-P leadership and added that the party retains its old status in the ECP.

The spokesperson further said that change in MQM-P leadership can be taken only after the new party elections. He also clarified that ECP’s Sindh returning officer decided to award Senate ticket as per the MQM-P constitution.Apart from this, rift among the two factions over the party’s election symbol ‘kite’ has also emerged. Pacing ahead, the Bahadurabad faction has placed kites outside their office.

Earlier on Monday, Khalid Maqbool led MQM-P claimed that MQM-P is now registered under the name of Siddiqui,who will preside over the Rabita Committee meetings from now on.

The party members also told that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allotted them the Kite symbol, which they will use in the upcoming elections in the parliament.

It should be noted here that MQM-P was divided into factions after Dr Sattar insisted to have Kamran Tessori contest Senate elections scheduled in March.

ECP has accepted the nomination papers for upcoming Senate elections forwarded by Khalid Maqbool Siddique and Tessori.The commission accepted papers of Barrister Farogh Naseem and Nasreen Jalil which bore signatures of the newly-appointed convener.

Earlier on Monday night, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar termed prevailing Rabita Committee (RC) illegal and unconstitutional.   

While talking to journalists outside his residence in PIB Colony, Sattar said that party activists authorized him to conduct intra-party elections. He urged the party workers and leaders to boycott the prevailing Rabita Committee.

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Farooq Sattar said that Bahadurabad drama should be closed. He said that he will issue the tickets for elections-2018 and added that the symbol of kite will be allotted to him. Sattar said that he will announced an interim committee tonight.

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