KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and former Sindh Assembly lawmaker Nadia Gabol announced on Saturday that she will be joining the rival Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Express News reported on Saturday.
Gabol announced her resignation from the MQM in a press conference held in Karachi. She was accompanied by Sindh Minister for Local Government Owais Muzzafar.
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The former Sindh human rights minister said the Gabol family enjoyed a long-standing association with the PPP. She said she still bore ties with MQM, but was forced to leave on account of some differences.
Owais Muzaffar said Nadia had joined PPP as a worker and the party welcomed her as an “asset”.
Reports of Nadia’s differences with MQM had been circulating for a few months now, with Nadia openly expressing disillusionment and disappointment at the unrest in Lyari. admitting openly in an that she had considered “resigning from the MQM when the Lyari operation in May last year started and innocent Lyarians were killed and arrested.”
Nabil Gabol ‘one of the reasons’ behind resignation
Responding to one of the questions today, Nadia admitted that her uncle Nabil Gabol’s inclusion in MQM was one of the reasons she resigned.
In an interview to The News in August, she had openly voiced her differences with Nabil saying:
“The people of Lyari were until then inclined towards the MQM and had no issue with the party but they were disappointed when Nabil was invited to join the party. Nabil Gabol has failed the people of Lyari and is responsible for their plight.”
Nadia, who hails from Lyari herself, had said that “Nabil is hated locally and cannot go there because he used Lyarians as a vehicle to enter into government but didn’t bring jobs or social care for his constituents.”
Nadia had joined the MQM after meeting with the MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London in 2006. She is the daughter of Sardar Abdul Latif Gabol and niece of Nabil Gabol, the former PPP minister who joined the MQM and won the NA-246 seat in the General Election-2013.