KARACHI: Located in a neighbourhood of PECHS Block-6, the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) opened its first official office in Karachi.
Known as the central secretariat, the newly-painted office with green rooftops was inaugurated at a special ceremony on Saturday. The office was adorned with PSP flags and speakers blares songs praising former nazim Mustafa Kamal. At the occasion, PSP leader Kamal raised the flag of Pakistan at the secretariat amid flying pigeons and the national anthem being played in the background. Balloons were also released in the air.
“I feel great. This is mine and Mustafa [Kamal]’s baby,” remarked a beaming party leader, Anis Kaimkhani.
The building is the former office of Dunya News channel and spreads over an area of 1,000 square yards. Comprising a ground floor plus two stories as well as a basement, the office is divided into several rooms including one for women’s wing, one for the public, a media cell, a conference room and a meeting room. The central office will also include the offices of the main leaders of the party.
The PSP was previously functioning from a house on Khayaban-e-Sehar, which was said to be Kamal’s residence when he and Kaimkhani returned to Pakistan from the UAE on March 3. The party had conducted several press conferences from there and it was functioning as a party office.
Defence Housing Authority administrator had earlier informed that notices had been sent to the owner of the house as political activities were not permitted in the area, and later Kamal admitted that this was just a temporary office and it would be shifted.
While the PSP will reveal its party structure next week, Kaimkhani said that the setup will include four provincial committees and one for Kashmir. The party will then break up then in divisional committees, followed by district and then union council committees. Speaking about the registration of the party, Kaimkhani said that it will be registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan by next week. “We have submitted our constitution and details of our party structure, which were the requirements.”
Kamal said that some people in the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), including Dr Farooq Sattar were waiting for party chief Altaf Hussain to be arrested by the Scotland Yard, so that they can take over the party.
Altaf is pushing people into an abyss of hatred and destruction, which would take generations to come out of it, he claimed. He called Altaf a RAW agent adding that “because of him, Karachi has been destroyed”. The port city generates 70% revenues for the country. The enemies have targeted the backbone of the country, he added.
Kamal also requested the army, the establishment and the Rangers to help release the missing MQM workers before Eid. He said these people were led astray and they need guidance to become better. Kamal also said that the federal and provincial government as well as the British government wouldn’t take any steps against Altaf because such criminals are tools for the governments and they use them according to their needs.
Former MQM parliamentarian Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that the low turnout in recent by-elections in Lines Area, North Nazimabad, PIB and Liaquatabad proved that MQM has no mandate in Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2016.