KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Asif Hasnain quit MQM and joined Mustafa Kamal‘s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).

Asif Hasnain announced his decision during a press conference along with Mustafa Kamal at Pakistan House-PSP headquarter on Sunday.

Chanting slogans in favour of Pakistan during the press briefing, Asif Hasnain announced resigning from his seat NA-255 and informed that after Altaf Hussain anti-Pakistan speech on August 22, he contacted PSP chairman Mustafa Kamal with a desire to join the party while my joining got delayed as Kamal had to visit Dubai.

“I cannot listen to insulting slogans against the country and that forced me to part ways from MQM,” said Hasnain adding that I am resigning from the NA-255 constituency as it was won from MQM platform.

He said that I tried much to settle the matters but I could not tolerate anti-Pakistan slogans. The MQM chief on various occasions gave us idea that he was going to initiate movement for province but on August 22, he gone insane and in his speech gave an impression as he was calling for a new state. I not only condemn it but also reject such thoughts, added Hasnain.

He said that, I took the decision to leave MQM as I always wanted to work for Pakistan and never thought to go against the country. He further asked the MQM workers and voters to wash out their fear and join hands with Mustafa Kamal. Don’t be afraid, join PSP to support Mustafa Kamal, he added.

He further said MQM did not throw out MQM leaders including Mohammad Anwar, Tariq Mir and Bisat Malik despite of the evidences on having links with Indian Spy Agency RAW. This also confirms that MQM links with enemy state, said Hasnain.

To a question about his custody from airport, Asif rejected the impression that he was fleeing from the country and said that after falling sick he decided to move Islamabad to get some rest and was taken in custody from airport by paramilitary force for questioning.

Speaking on the occasion, PSP Chief Mustafa Kamal welcomed Asif Hasnain in the party and said that other leaders MQM should not only distance themselves from Altaf Hussain but need to kick his mandate as well. He accused that no changes were made in MQM’s coordination committee and MQM Pakistan was not different from MQM London chapter.

Kamal said that Altaf Hussain shall once again take control of the party after the elections and party leader Farooq Sattar shall be silenced. He further said that Sattar was making attempts to protect the MQM founder. PSP leader said that this joke should now come to an end along with the process of double crossing the public.

It worth mentioning here that MQM former MNA Asif Hasnain consider to be one of the old member of Muttahida, after giving services on the organization slot of party as a sector in-charge, he was elected as a Naib Nazim of Landhi Town on MQM tickets.

As after the dispute of Landhi Town Nazim Ismail Sitra with then Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal, MQM decision making body removed Sitra from the slot and brought Asif Hasnain as Town Nazim.

Later, Aisf was elected twice as an MNA on MQM‘s ticket from the NA-255 in general election of 2008 and 2013 respectively. It is reported that MQM‘s former MNA Asif Hasnain consider a close aide of MQM‘s notorious target killer Rais Mama while Asif Hasnain also blamed for making billions of money through china-cutting, illegal marriages halls and petrol pumps in the locality of Landhi and Korangi.

Furthermore, a few days ago Asif Hasnain was taken away by Rangers at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, minutes before he was due to board an Islamabad-bound flight. He was shifted to unknown location for interrogation and was released a day later.