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MQM leadership in London disowns Farooq Sattar

MQM leadership in London disowns Farooq Sattar
Soldiers from the Special Security Unit (SSU) hold Pakistan's national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Islamabad [Pakistan]:: Senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members on Sunday announced that the party has disowned their leader Farooq Sattar.

According to the Express Tribune, the MQM’s Mustafa Azizabadi, Qasim Ali Raza and Wasay Jalil issued a statement from London claiming Sattar’s party membership has been cancelled for repeatedly committing ‘treason’ against the party.

The leaders were quoted as saying that Sattar has no right to impose administrative decisions and was no longer the MQM’s elected parliamentary leader. Nadeem Nusrat, they said, is the only elected convener of the party.

Late on Saturday, MQM-Pakistan named party leader Farooq Sattar as convener of its Rabita Committee amid a major reshuffle in party ranks.

The party members in Pakistan also turned down the offer of party’s London chapter leader Nadeem Nusrat to rejoin the party founder after tendering an apology.

The committee named Amir Khan as senior deputy convener and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was designated as the deputy convener. (ANI)