Waseem Aftab, Iftikhar Alam join hands with Mustafa Kamal

Published: March 10, 2016
Former MQM leader Waseem Aftab addresses media in Karachi on Thursday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Former MQM leader Waseem Aftab addresses media in Karachi on Thursday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Waseem Aftab and Iftikhar Alam have joined Mustafa Kamal’s newly-formed political party.

“Today we welcome former Rabita Committee member Waseem Aftab and MPA Iftikhar Alam in our party as they have decided to join our cause,” Kamal told journalists during a press conference at his residence on Thursday.

Aftab is a former Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC) in-charge while Alam is a member of Sindh Assembly from PS-106.

The development comes days after former Sindh health minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed while ending his 28-year-long association with the MQM, announced his decision to support Kamal’s party.

Dr Saghee­r Ahmed ends 28-year-long associ­ation with MQM, joins Mustafa Kamal

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/senatormustafakamal

“We belonged to a community that represented literate people of the country but today, MQM workers have become a sign of fear and bad reputation,” Aftab said. “Many children lost their future, women became widows and several others left this country with the label of terrorism.”

Aftab lamented he and other leaders thought workers would benefit in return for their devotion but to no avail.

“It was time to think, to ponder upon the fact that the man we worked so tirelessly for and even sacrificed our lives, was actually at the forefront of letting this nation down,” Aftab said in an apparent reference to the MQM supremo.

The deposed MQM leader claimed that after his party became an ally of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Sindh, all benefits were given to the latter while MQM workers were deprived of their rights.

Altaf working for RAW, says Kamal

“I saw that this man [Mustafa Kamal] was urging us to join his fold to rise above the labels of terrorism and outshine others,” he said.

Alam announces resignation from provincial assembly

Meanwhile, MPA Iftikhar Alam announced his resignation from the MQM as well as the provincial assembly.

“I announce to resign from Sindh Assembly seat, and part ways from MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain,” he said.

Alam said he wanted to get away from the politics of killings, and thus will raise voice against it through this new platform.

The former lawmaker urged party activists to become a part of the newly-formed party or part ways from the MQM.

“It seems Altaf Hussain still needs bodies as he never cared for his workers, who were at the forefront against all hardships.”

Altaf Hussain perfectly fine and healthy: MQM

Upon returning home from self-imposed exile last Thursday, Kamal launched a blistering attack on MQM chief Altaf Hussain and challenged the ‘iron grip’ of the MQM on the city by forming a new party.

Kamal — who won wide support as mayor of Karachi from 2005 to 2010 for his efforts to ease traffic and improve public services — accused Altaf of working for India’s premier spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), destroying two generations of Mohajirs (Urdu-speaking people) and issuing threats under the influence of alcohol.

‘No plans to contest election soon’

In response to a question if his newly-formed party will take part in the upcoming by-polls, Kamal said he had no plans to do so for the next three to four months.

“We are not focusing on securing any provincial or NA seats,” he said. “We are organising our party setup and will go for elections later.”

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Rumormonger
    Mar 10, 2016 - 4:39PM

    Reminds you of the childhood story, called Emperor’s new clothes. it was only after the little boy started shouting that the emperor was naked, that the people realized they do not have to pretend anymore.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Mar 10, 2016 - 4:47PM

    One keeps wondering that except for denunciation of their previous leader and their party, all these dissidents have no words for those who have brought Karachi to this condition and who are keeping Karachi deprived of a powerful local government. In any case, what had prevented them from resigning or leaving their position. There are lot of smart ways to quit if you dont agree with your party or your leader.Recommend

  • rationalvoice
    Mar 10, 2016 - 4:59PM

    one week today since MK’s bombastic entry and MQM leaders have refrained from saying anything on him and out of panic started a cleanliness drive, part of their 90s politics. hm, mqm genuinely scared for the first time…..Recommend

  • Mar 10, 2016 - 5:20PM

    I’m a pathan but a Karaciite and will vote for Mustafa Kamal in the next elections. Nobody has anything against the Urdu speaking brothers but only thing that was deplorable was their blind support for a criminal like Altaf Hussain.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 10, 2016 - 5:37PM

    If they are really sincere with the people of Karachi then they should be focusing on quota system, budget increase for Karachi but they started targeting Altaf Hussien.Recommend

    Mar 10, 2016 - 6:49PM

    Happy we have a team now IK & MK both will destroy AHRecommend

  • Naeem
    Mar 10, 2016 - 7:15PM

    They should target Altaf Hussain as he is an enemy of the state !Recommend

  • Wasim
    Mar 10, 2016 - 8:22PM

    Mustafa Kamal
    A fresh breath of air for KarachiRecommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Mar 10, 2016 - 8:42PM

    Aftab said ” the fact that the man we worked so tirelessly for and even sacrificed our lives, was actually at the forefront of letting this nation down,” It is heart warming to see that Aftab is talking about and pointed out about letting the Country down, is the spirit every so called Mohajir should be thinking about. They should call themselves Pakistanis from Sindh instead of being Mohajirs even after 67 years. This ethnic community in Karachi should seriously think about how their leader sitting in the Posh area of London without any apparent job for decades. I think they know how the trading community in Karachi has been forced to pay for his lavish living. It is time to think about your own kids and grand kids well being instead of supporting this bloated thug sitting in London. Recommend

  • Abc
    Mar 10, 2016 - 9:12PM

    A true heroRecommend

  • imran ali
    Mar 10, 2016 - 9:19PM

    Waseem Alam….the master of china cuttingRecommend

  • Hehe
    Mar 10, 2016 - 11:20PM

    Absolutely surprised at comments here. This nation really has a short term memory and forget the fact that all these individuals were very much part of MQM and it’s notorious activities.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2016 - 12:25AM

    Get rid of MQM. It is a terror sponsoring organisation.
    By the way where is @Ayesha M Recommend

  • We
    Mar 11, 2016 - 5:29PM

    Mustafa is playing a huge game they are the once who were damaging the state. Recommend

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