As Farooq Sattar dramatically turned the tables post a press conference with Mustafa Kamal on an electoral alliance that nearly ended his political career, Pakistani Twitter was at its very best – with Sattar trending at number one overnight.
At 8pm on Thursday night, the president of Muttahida Qaumi Movement–Pakistan (MQM-P) called for a press conference at his residence in an hour.
I have called an urgent press conference today at 9 pm to make an important announcement. Stay tuned. #KiteIsMyIdentity— Dr Farooq Sattar (@DFSMQM) November 9, 2017
Two and a half hours later, Sattar’s tirade did not spare anyone – from the establishment to Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), reiterating the Muhajjir, middle class and sectarian causes before taking on his own party.
Motherly persuasion keeps MQM-P intact
Clearly upset with members of the Raabta Committee, and party supporters and workers for doubting him over allegations of a ‘merger’ with Mustafa Kamal’s PSP, Sattar announced his resignation from his post as MQM-P chief and quit politics altogether, only to resume his role as party chief two hours later. To describe the aftermath of the events as an uproar would be an understatement, not just in his immediate vicinity but on social media as well...
Nahi Bhai Nahi Bhai— Shafaat Ali (@iamshafaatali) November 9, 2017
9 0 ki yad agai
BREAKING NEWS: Farooq Sattar announces to quit politics.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) November 9, 2017
--- and then comes nahi bhai, nahi bhai moment!!!
Some [rightfully] predicted he would be back
Farooq Sattar will back in few hrs. "In wasi tar mafaad of Muhagir quom ".#Altaf Hussain in Sachet pack#— Syeda Shehla Raza (@SyedaShehlaRaza) November 9, 2017
Terrorists continue to target Balochistan; smog & overspending accidents claim lives across Punjab; Islamabad paralysed by protestors; & MQM-PSP play out dramas of merger-separation! Theatre of the absurd!— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 10, 2017
Most found it be nostalgic...
I wonder what Altaf Bhai is feeling watching this. 😂😂😂😂— کاظمی (@HaayeShabbir) November 9, 2017
Farooq Altaf Hussain Sattar!— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) November 9, 2017
What else can I say.
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Some pointed out the obvious:
Muharram mein Nikkah karogay, toh rishta Chehlum se pehle he toot jayega na!#PoliTits— Scheff ✏🎬🎸🥁📚 (@shafiqulhasan81) November 9, 2017
Even Farooq Sattar is longer than MQM-PSP alliance— Qasim Zaidi (@QasimZaidi_) November 9, 2017
The important cameo played by Sattar's mother in his 'return' did not go unnoticed...
“Ma, lemme talk”— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) November 9, 2017
I'm glad my mom is fast asleep unlike Farooq Sattar's mother. Otherwise she would say "dekho, he also listens to his mother even at his age"— Aaliya Javed (@Aaliyajaved) November 9, 2017
Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true— Qasim Zaidi (@QasimZaidi_) November 9, 2017
Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama's gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won't let you fly but she might let you sing~#FarooqSattar
Nor did Twitterati miss his story of the "land cruiser"
There goes any chance of Farooq Sattar ever getting a bank loan. #DefaultPeDefault— Shehryar Ahmed (@ShehryarAhm) November 9, 2017
Most of all, Twitterati agreed on the MQM-P chief's emergence of as a leader:
On Farooq Sattar today:— Gibran Peshimam (@gibranp) November 9, 2017
Sensational victories are best created from illusions of defeat.
As Sun Tsu put it - appear weak when you are strong; strong when you are weak
Wow. This is the day Farooq Sattar became leader of the MQM. Well played.— ظلِ الہٰی (@XilleIlahi) November 9, 2017
It might not make sense now but today is the day Farooq Sattar has turned into a big leader.— کاظمی (@HaayeShabbir) November 9, 2017
What an epic presser, yaar. Took on the establishment, talked about his missing persons, and breathed life in the long forgotten demand of a Muhajir province. Truly Remarkable! Let the politics of Muhajir issues begin. Dont let this thing slip now, #FarooqSattar— Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi (@ahsannagi) November 9, 2017
Sattar ended chaotic day expressing gratitude to those who "showed their love and support".
I express my heartiest gratitude for those who showed their love and support for me, #MQM Pakistan and our cause to alleviate the sufferings of Mohajirs & other oppressed communities.— Dr Farooq Sattar (@DFSMQM) November 9, 2017
Long live MQM
Long live Pakistan #KiteIsMyIdentity
Some followed his end note with this:
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