KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement- Pakistan (MQM-P) Coordination Committee has written letters to the speakers of National Assembly, Sindh Assembly and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with a request to de-seat its erstwhile legislators, who had resigned after changing their party loyalties but were still receiving salaries.

MQM-P coordination committee member Ameenul Haq, while talking to The Nation, informed that the decision-making body of the party, after consultations with the members, had written letters to speaker National Assembly, speaker Sindh Assembly and ECP to de-seat such legislators, including around nine members of Sindh Assembly and one member of National Assembly.

Haq further said that these legislators had not only violated the party discipline, but had also disrespected the mandate of people given to MQM-P in the general elections of 2013. Ameen said it was shameful that these legislators were still drawing salaries, allowances and availing perks and privileges, which were reserved only for members of the assemblies. To a question about Karachi Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra’s resignation, Ameen said that the party was reviewing his case, and soon media would be informed in this regard.

He said MQM-P leadership had nominated Vohra for the slot of deputy mayor and ethically he should resign.

“Earlier, Vohra had announced to resign after switching over to Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), but later refused to leave the seat,” coordination committee member said, and added, “The party’s decision-making body will hold a meeting in this regard after it was done with its public gathering scheduled to be held on Liaqatabad Flyover on November 5.”

Vohra says his security

withdrawn on Waseem


The controversy that developed over the issue of withdrawal of security of Karachi Deputy Mayor Dr Arshad Abdullah Vohra still persists. Vohra alleged on Saturday that on the directives of Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar his security, consisting of seven city wardens and three cops of police department, had been withdrawn.

Vohra had also alleged that on the orders of the mayor, the department had also issued a notice to his Secretary Fahim Baig for vacation of his office.

On the other side, KMC spokesperson Ali Hassan Sajid told The Nation that Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar was unaware about the situation and declined that he had passed directives to anyone for the withdrawal of security from Arshad Vohra. Sajid informed that Vohra still moved in his private bulletproof vehicle while the KMC had deputed seven city wardens and three cops for his security.