Islamabad (February 27, 2018): Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar has claimed that he was that convener of the party and people have elected him by voting in my favour.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday after a meeting in Islamabad, attended by Kamran Tessori, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Kishwer Zehra and others, Sattar maintained that he was adamant on his principles as he believes a party cannot be led by too many chiefs.
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Responding a query over ECP summons he said that ECP has called both factions as his faction was given time to submit reply till March 01.
Lashing over Buhadarabad group he said, “Even right now they have two chiefs; where one [Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui] says the party will not move courts against me, the other [Aamir Khan] wants to drag the matter to the court,” he told media.
The MQM-P leader stressed he could not work in such a scenario. “The person with most votes in intra-party elections is elected as president as per constitution,” he said. “My vision is one-chief led RC.”Referring to the Election Commission of Pakistan hearing held earlier in the day, Sattar pointed out that he did not approach the commission or courts against RC. “They are taking matters to the ECP and court,” he said. “I could have filed an appeal in civil court against their petition to the ECP removing me as party chief.”
ECP Gives Two days for Reply
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has given two days to the PIB faction of Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) to submit replies in petitions filed by the Bahadurabad group against Dr Farooq Sattar.The petitions include removal of Sattar as convener by two-third majority of the Raabita Committee and replacing him with Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, the other challenges February 18 intra-party elections held under the leadership of Sattar – an election that he won by a heavy margin, becoming the party convener.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Sattar’s lawyer Advocate Babar Sattar sought time to submit reply. Following which Barrister Farogh Naseem, representing Bahadurabad, reminded the commission that the matter should be resolved before Senate elections on March 3. Naseem insisted that the PIB-group submit a reply today.
However, the ECP accepted Advocate Babar’s request, giving his client until March 1 for the submission.