Another Mutahidda lawmaker joins Kamal Pak Sarzameen Party

Source: Published in Politics on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

KARACHI: Former Karachi mayor and leader of Pak Sarzameen Party, Mustafa Kamal, announced the joining of another Sindh Assembly member, Bilquis Mukhtar, to his newly formed political political party.

Since his March 3 rebellion against the London-based MQM supremo Altaf Hussain, Kamal along with Anis Kaimkhani has managed to rope in some known but mostly inactive and sidelined MQM faces, including two sitting members of the provincial assembly.

Kamal's revelations

Earlier in March, when Kamal returned to Pakistan, the MQM dissident unleashed a salvo of bombastic ‘revelations’ against party supremo Altaf Hussain, accusing him of deception, addressing workers while intoxicated and poor running of the MQM.

Since then, the former mayor of Karachi has pulled former MQM heavyweights Advocate Anis, Raza Haroon, Anis Kaimkhani, Dr Sagheer, Iftikhar Alam, Waseem Aftab and most recently MQM ex-senator Mohammad Ali Brohi into his party.

The Pak Sarzameen Party's name was announced on March 23 and since then the party has opened offices in Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas.

Advocate Anis and Raza Haroon both have slammed Altaf Hussain, saying the MQM chief is the reason behind party members jumping ship. However, the MQM has denied all allegations regarding the 'minus-Altaf formula' and claims its workers are being 'forced to change loyalties'.

Kamal and his colleagues have not specifically denied these allegations or others that suggest the new party is being backed by 'certain quarters'.

A number of senior MQM members left the country suddenly around the time Kamal returned to Karachi, causing speculation as to the reasons behind their seemingly abrupt departure.

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