LAHORE - Pak Sarzameen Party led by Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani has sent a team to Punjab for getting an overall picture of support focusing MQM cadres.

Two new lieutenants of the party - Raza Haroon and Iftikhar Randhawa - reached the provincial capital yesterday to open Pak Sarzameen Party’s (PSP) first office in Punjab as well as to meet the aspirants to join hands with them.

Raza Haroon talking to The Nation said, “We are in Lahore on a four-day visit to meet the aspirants willing to join hands with us. I and Iftikhar Randhawa will meet our colleagues from MQM Punjab chapter who contacted us and other likeminded.”

However he declined to share the names of the MQM Punjab leaders who were in contact with them.

“I will meet them first to determine what they have in mind for my party with regard to Punjab. We will announce the names at a later stage,” he added.

According to a PSP leader from Karachi, Mr Haroon and Mr Randhawa will meet MQM and other likeminded aspiring to join them and come back to party headquarters with the list. The names of party leaders from Punjab would be announced at a later stage after deliberations with picking the heavyweights of MQM on priority.

Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani along with other senior party leaders would visit Lahore and announce the names of the new entrants to PSP.

Saif Yar Khan, former member of MQM’s powerful coordination committee now member of PSP, is spearheading party’s campaign for inclusions from MQM Punjab, a member of MQM provincial chapter told the paper. “Saif Yar Khan who steered party matters in Punjab being member of MQM coordination committee, is contacting his old colleagues now as deputy of Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani,” added the MQM leader.

Saif remained a close aide of Anees Qaimkhani when he was MQM deputy convener and oversaw Punjab affairs. Mr Qaimkhani had given the Punjab task to his old loyalist who contacted almost all the leaders of 17-member Punjab committee of MQM, he said.

The party is suspecting at least three to five members of the Punjab committee who could join Kamal party, he added.

Surprisingly, MQM’s well-knitted information gathering system is getting all information of its rival PSP movements. MQM had also sent its team to Punjab a day earlier than the arrival of PSP advance team.

MQM team under the leadership of Shabbir Qaimkhani who is overseeing party matters as representative of party headquarters was in Multan region of party’s southern Punjab chapter for reorganization.

He is expected to hold a press conference in the provincial capital next week in which MQM will also show some new inclusions in party’s Punjab chapter.