Hours after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) cut off all ties with party chief Altaf Hussain, he officially handed over complete power to the Rabita Committee.
“I am handing over complete power related to policy making, decision making as well as organisational authority to the Rabita Committee,” the MQM supremo said while praying to God to grant Rabita Committee the ability to serve the country and its people, as best as possible.
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“Leader Altaf Hussain endorses Rabita Committee’s presser; tasks RC to deal with organisational/political issues,” MQM convenor Nadeem Nusrat said on Twitter.
— Nadeem Nusrat (@nadeem_nusrat) August 23, 2016
As Hussain’s anti-Pakistan speech triggered countrywide uproar and widespread condemnation, his senior aides ‘completely disowned’ his remarks and disavowed the London-based decision-making body of the party.
“What was said against the state, the slogans raised (against Pakistan) were never a part of MQM’s policy from day one,” Farooq Sattar told journalists at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) where he was not allowed to speak by the Rangers a day earlier. He was flanked by other senior party colleagues including Nasreen Jalil, Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Amir Liaquat Hussain.
Sattar accused Hussain of repeatedly embarrassing the party. “We have decided to address his mental tension, illness or whatever condition he is suffering from,” he said.
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“I urge MQM’s party members, respective leaders, workers and supporters to support the Rabita Committee by making it stronger. Meanwhile, following the committee’s advice, I will focus on improving my health,” Hussain’s statement read.
Reiterating his apology for the uproar which his speech stoked, the MQM chief said, “Pakistan was, is and will always remain my country.” He further added he was undergoing severe mental stress as a result of a series of events and disturbing news.
“The MQM cannot afford to suffer this damage time and time again,” Sattar said on Tuesday. Unlike the past when Altaf made similar remarks only to regret them later, Sattar said this time the public was questioning party policy.
On Monday, following Hussain’s provocative address, scores of MQM activists ransacked an ARY News office before clashing with police, leaving at least one person dead and over half a dozen injured. Whatever happened yesterday should not have happened, we condemn it,” he said.
Courtesy : Express Tribune