KARACHI: The Pakistan faction of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which had formed an alliance with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) a day earlier on Wednesday, declared on Thursday that it will contest the 2018 general elections under its own party symbol and manifesto.
MQM leader Kanwar Naveed Jameel announced this decision while addressing a press conference, flanked by senior party leaders Nasreen Jalil and Faisal Sabzwari, following an emergent huddle of party’s Rabita Committee to discuss the prevailing political situation.
The leaders MQM and PSP had set aside their bitter rivalry on Wednesday to announce that they were gearing up for the eventual consolidation of their political forces and that they would contest the 2018 general elections under “one name, one manifesto, one symbol and one party.”
However, Jameel made it clear on Thursday that MQM will stick with its own electoralsymbol and manifesto, despite a political coalition with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). “Some confusions had emerged following the yesterday’s press conference,” said Naveed, as MQM chief Dr Farooq Sattar did not attend the meeting due to “personal reasons”. “Farooq Sattar had referred towards forming a political coalition just like the IslamiJamhuriIttehad and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal,” Jameel said, adding that their party will remain intact. The MQM leaderfurthersaid the party will contest the 2018 elections under its own symbol in the constituencies where it had won in 2013.
The meeting of party leaders has expressed complete trust in Dr Farooq Sattar, hemaintained. “Our voters and supporters should not get confused with the statements of political personalities and TV persons,” he concluded. Though the modalities of the newly envisioned political alliance were not announced, Kamal had made it clear that “it would be anything but MQM”. “I am not backing down from what I stand for — we came to bring down Altaf Hussain and destroy his toxic legacy,” he maintained.