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ECP removes Farooq Sattar as MQM’s convener

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (CJP) on Monday has sacked Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) PIB group Chief Farooq Sattar from the post of party convenership.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan announced the verdict on a plea submitted by Farooq Sattar.

He also annuled intra-party elections of PIB wing and dismissed objections of Farooq Sattar.

Earlier, Farooq Sattar had challenged jurisdiction of ECP regarding hearing MQM-P convenership case, saying that the solution to such issues is already present in party’s law, therefore, the ECP cannot hear such matters.

ECP’s responsibility is to arrange elections for Senate, national and provincial assemblies, he added.

Talking to media after the hearing, Farogh said that 95 percent party takes Khalid Maqbool as convener while Babar Sattar said that 12,000 members had expressed confidence on Farooq Sattar.

Meanwhile, Kamran Tessori said that steps will be taken to resolve the matters without separating the party members. Will accept ECP decision, he added.

MQM-P had earlier divided into two groups after a dispute over the party’s nominations for Senate election. Two senior members, Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan.

It was reported that Sattar suggested the name of Kamran Tessori for the Senate ticket which was opposed by Amir Khan and his faction. Later on both senior members had called separate party meetings till now.

The coordination committee had wrote to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withdraw authority of Dr Farooq Sattar, and removed him from the position of convener. It had earlier removed Tessori from the committee.

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