ISLAMABAD -  Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan has predicted that the party’s mandate would be split and different political parties including PTI, PPP and JI would get seats in next general elections.

Unlike the past when MQM used to sweep elections in the metropolis, this time the legislators of MQM feared that the party’s mandate in the port city would be divided and different political parties, including PTI, PPP and JI would win seats.

According to them, the Karachi’s mandate might be divided in a way that no party will be in a position to exert power.

The politics of Karachi in terms of grabbing votes in general elections is a bit different from rest of the country, as most of the votes were cast only in the name of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, background discussions with MQM-Pakistan MNAs left this impression.

The MQM candidates won the seats only in the name of then party’s chief Altaf Hussain in Karachi. “In some areas of Karachi, the lawmakers were not even aware of their constituencies but won the seats because of Altaf Hussain,” said MQM’s lawmaker, citing example of Nabeel Gabol for winning the seat of NA-246.

To a question about MQM-London’s demand to tender resignations, MQM-Pakistan members feared that in case of resignations the party may not secure the same number of seats like it got in previous elections. Therefore, he said that they would not tender resignations on the demand of Altaf Hussain.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement has nineteen (19) general seats, including four reserved and one minority. “We (MQM-Pakistan) MNAs are in two minds about the legitimacy of their membership after parting ways with the party founder (Altaf Hussian),” said a senior member.

The continuous demand to tender resignations from assemblies, he said, has put the party lawmakers in confusion for adopting future course of action.

Talking to The Nation, MQM-London Member Wasay Jalil from London, said these lawmakers should give resignations from their constituencies as they won their seats in name of Altaf Bhai.

To a question about upcoming elections, Jalil said it will be too early to talk about it. Let’s wait for the best time to discuss it, he added.

The National Assembly, Senate and Sindh Assembly with the endorsement of MQM couple of months back had adopted resolutions condemning the inflammatory remarks of Altaf Hussain against the country.

These resolutions denounced the anti-Pakistan slogans raised on August 22, at MQM’s hunger strike camp near press club. Altaf Hussain, in a statement from MQM London office, asked all the lawmakers of MQM to tender apology on their act and resigned from assemblies.

On the other hand, Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP) led by Mustfa Kamal is also optimistic to grab seats especially in Karachi and Hyderabad areas in upcoming elections. Mustfa Kamal in his speeches said that his party would contest from different constituencies. A number of attempts were made to contact PSP Chief Mustfa Kamal but he was not available.