As the election fever begins to take over Pakistan, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Central Executive Council met on Wednesday to discuss the party’s strategy for the next polls.
The meeting was led by council incharge Abdul Rauf Siddiqui and featured an address by MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar. The council was formed last year and includes a diverse list of party representatives from across the country as well as many of its most prominent members.
Dr Sattar told The Express Tribune that the theme for the party’s election strategy and manifesto will be “Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan” and specifically, how to save it.
He said that the participants at the meeting had looked at the previous manifesto and, keeping the current situation of the country in view, had given the manifesto committee a “broad framework of 25 issues” that would be moulded to fit under the umbrella of the party’s election theme. These issues, he said, related to “national life”.
The manifesto committee has also been tasked with studying constituencies, the political developments there and the MQM’s strategies for these, as well as, the party’s overall election strategy. It has also been asked to finalise candidates for the elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2012.