Sattar’s Lahore visit cancelled

KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Wednesday announced postponing its party chief Dr Farooq Sattar’s visit to Lahore to meet leadership of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and other political leadership.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the spokesman said that the visit was cancelled due to important party activities and the new dates for the visit would soon be announced.

The sources in MQM, however, said that the visit was cancelled due to internal rifts within party and after intimation from certain quarters of major defections within the party.

They further said that there is a difference among the party ranks led by Dr Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan over some policy issue and the rival group members are angry over not taking them into confidence in announcing decisions.

The party sources further said that the group led by Amir Khan was also annoyed with the party leadership over not raising voice against the abduction of former deputy convener Shahid Pasha recently. It is pertinent to mention here that Pasha was the first among the leadership in Pakistan to raise voice against the merger announcement of MQM and PSP.

The MQM leader and Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Khwaja Izharul Hassan denied the reports of rifts within party.


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