ISLAMABAD - Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Dr Farooq Sattar on Thursday filed a reference in the Election Commission of Pakistan seeking disqualification of two MNAs and nine MPAs who defected from the party.

Among the party lawmakers against whom Dr Sattar filed disqualification references included MNAs Asif Hasnain and Salman Baloch and MPAs from the Sindh Assembly Irum Azeem Farooqi, Sheikh Abdullah, Khalid bin Wilayat, Dilawar Khan and five others who recently broke away from the party.

The ECP will soon take up the references for further proceedings against these MPs who have allegedly joined join the Pak Sarzameen Party.

Meanwhile, the ECP today directed Arshid Vohra, Deputy Mayor Karachi to submit a reply to a disqualification reference filed against him by the MQM-P till December 26.

Farooq Sattar, his lawyer Iqbal Qadri appeared before the Commission while Advocate Hafizuddin representing Vohra also appeared before the ECP. Vhora’s legal counsel told the five-member bench that his client has not received the charge sheet so far.

The ECP ordered the MQM-P to send a copy of the petition to Arshid Vohra and adjourned the hearing until December 26.

The MQM-P has filed the application under Section 36 of the Local Government Act 2013 against Vohra, Sattar added. Vohra left Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-P in October to join the PSP.

Later talking to the media outside the ECP, Dr Sattar demanded that Vohra should step down as deputy mayor because he won the seat on MQM-P ticket and later “changed loyalties” when he joined the PSP in October.

Vohra, who is being treated by the Federal Investigation Agency as a suspect in a money laundering investigation against MQM founder Altaf Hussain and others, had claimed that his switching sides had nothing to do with either the money laundering case or some pressure.

While announcing his decision, Vohra had said that he did not want to criticise his former party but still stating that the “MQM-P had no vision and it had failed to fulfil its promises it had made with the people of Karachi”. The party could have served the people of Karachi far better during the past one year but its leadership did nothing, he had claimed.