KARACHI - Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Sindh Assembly Ashfaq Mangi yesterday quitted his party and joined Mustafa Kamal`s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).

Ashfaq Mangi who also remained a member of MQM decision-making body – Coordination Committee – was elected as a member of the Sindh Assembly from PS-127 in general elections 2013. Mangi along with other members of MQM Sindh organising committee made this announcement during a press conference at Kamal`s residence. He is the fourth MQM MPA to quit the party and join hands with former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal. Earlier, Iftikhar Alam, Dr Sagheer Ahmed and Bilquis Mukhtar, sitting MPAs, have said goodbye to MQM besides resigning from the assembly. Mangi was warmly welcomed by Raza Haroon, Anis Qaimkhani and other PSP leaders.

“I welcome Ashfaq Mangi and members of Singh organizing committee to our caravan of nationalists,” said Mustafa Kamal, while addressing media men. The PSP leader held MQM Chief Altaf Hussain responsible for the destruction of youth and Mohajir community. “You should speak truth. You should tell the nation what really your agendas are and then let the people make decision,” Kamal asked the MQM chief. He further asked the MQM chief to tell the nation about his statement that he had given to Scotland Yard during investigations and also disclose the briefing he had given to former interior minister Rehman Malik. The MQM chief should not lie as the key leaders of his party, including Muhammad Anwar and Tariq Mir, had accepted the allegations, he said. “My time is quite important and I don’t want to reply to the liars,” said Kamal, terming the MQM leadership lair.

The PSP leader further said, “We have returned to the country to improve the deplorable situation the country is facing. During last 25 years two generations have been ruined; most of the community members have been made target killers or imprisoned.”

On this occasion, Ashfaq Mangi said he had decided to join PSP after the shocking revelation of Mustafa Kamal about Indian spy agency RAW’s funding to the MQM leadership. “First I decided to quit politics, but as I saw that thousands of people are joining Mustafa Kamal, I consulted my companions and decided to stand by truth, so we are here today,” he said.

Mangi said many others from Thatta to Kashmore are there to join PSP. Even zonal in-charge of Jacabobad is joining PSP, he added.

PSP DELEGATION VISITS JI HEADQUARTERS

A PSP delegation yesterday evening visited Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi office, Idara-e-Noor-ul-Haq, called on JI city chief Engr Naeem-ur-Rehman and invited the party to their convention to be held on April 24. The leaders of the two parties discussed the city problems, politics and other matters of mutual interest.

On this occasion, the PSP delegation, comprising Raza Haroon and Waseem Aftab, invited the JI leaders to participate in their convention to be held on April 24.

Talking to media men, JI Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman welcomed the delegation and underlined the need for promotion of dialogue and harmony. This would be in the interest of the country as well as the city, he viewed. Engr Naeem further said the invitation for participation in the PSP convention was a positive step, and decision in this regard would be taken after consulting the party ranks.

PSP leader Raza Haroon stated, being a religio-political party, JI has been an undeniable reality of the metropolis and has played an exemplary and vital role in the development of the economic hub of Pakistan. “We want to initiate new efforts for harmony and don’t want to convert difference of opinions into hostility,” said Haroon. He added PSP is also inviting other political parties of the city to the convention.