PPP's Nabil Gabol joins MQM

Published: March 17, 2013


KARACHI: Former MNA Nabil Gabol joined the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday, ending his 25-year affiliation with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Gabol held a press conference at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in Karachi to formally announce his decision.

“Nine-Zero always felt like my second home… Now I’m saying goodbye to the PPP to join the MQM,” he announced.

Gabol said that the current PPP is not Benazir Bhutto’s party. “The current PPP, in these five years, ignored my constituency Lyari and destroyed it. For three years, I took a stand and warned the party leadership that the situation of Lyari is like a time-bomb which will affect the entire city in the future… But no one listened to me,” he added.

Gabol said that he remained an MNA for the past five years because he was given the ticket by Benazir Bhutto and he wanted to show loyalty to her.

“Since a year, I had been thinking of quitting the PPP and joining a new party, but I could not decide which party to join. All parties invited me but [MQM chief] Altaf Hussain would always personally call me whenever I had a problem,” he said while citing his reasons for joining the party.

MQM deputy convener Farooq Sattar welcomed Gabol to the party. “This step will help narrow down the gap between the ‘new Sindhis’ – the Urdu-speaking people – and the [native] Sindhis. It is a strengthening step towards unity and peace in the province,” he said.

Gabol was elected from a seat in the Lyari constituency in the 2008 elections with 84,217 votes.

Lyari had seen a great deal of political activity under the PPP-led government. In 2011, the Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) had demanded that Gabol resign for his neglect of the constituency. They claimed that the votes were for Benazir Bhutto and not him.

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  • Janu German
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:26PM

    Like they say, you can get in, but you cannot get out. All the best to him.


  • ali zaid
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:34PM

    now thats a news! A drone on PPP may be? Lyari seat going to MQM now!


  • Rana Amjad
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:37PM

    Excellent decision!


  • Arshad Masih
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:37PM

    if it happen, would bridge the gape and will reduce the on going tension in Liayri. Nabeel Gabool can play a pivotal role in bringing harmony. Let’s hope it works well.


  • Naveed
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:39PM

    First Jamshed Dasti and now Gabol. Poor PPP. What you sow, so shall you reap.


  • Fahad Raza
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Nabeel Gabol I guess conflicted with party when he spoke for the Shazeb Khan and Sharujh Jatoi’s trial. Went against waderism.


  • Khan
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:48PM

    MQM??seriously shocker for me..


  • Akram Kabir
    Mar 17, 2013 - 1:50PM

    PeoplesAman Committee has ruined lives of Lyarites. Thousands of locales have migrated from here. PAC has been taking bhattas in millions and brazenly killing people. At least credit should be given to Rehman Malik for conducting light operations in the area which has salvaged the lives of local memons and Katchis otherwise PAC gangsterism has destroyed everything here. Even JSQM was also involved in taking bhattas in the area. Thorough operation should be conducted to make the area safe since it is Lyari which is actually destroying peace in Karachi. People their are not educated and playing in the hands of mafias. These people are spreading out and singling out pathans and urdu speaking people and brazenly killing them and painting a bad picture of Karachi.


  • Fuzz
    Mar 17, 2013 - 2:11PM

    I remember a few days ago, a television anchor asked Nabeel sahib about rumours that he was planning to leave the PPP, and Nabeel sahib categorically denied those rumours.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 17, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Welcome to 90.


  • bilal
    Mar 17, 2013 - 2:51PM

    whats the difference?


  • Parvez
    Mar 17, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Nabil Gabol was on the outside of the PPP so his decission is not unexpected. His constituancy is Lyari and MQM is the only other party of substance there, so his choice is logical.


  • SyedPk
    Mar 17, 2013 - 2:55PM

    I seriously think he will be a misfit there, cause of the very nature of MQM, MQM leaders MNAs, MPAs, Councillers and others are required to spend time among their people without security protocols, which I seriously think he wont be able to do.


  • Asad
    Mar 17, 2013 - 3:22PM

    What will happen to his long-standing demand about army operation? Will he be able to convince MQM for indiscriminate operation? Good decision but too early to cheer!


  • F Khan
    Mar 17, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Hope some one could tell NG. There is only one way to EXIT in MQM.


  • umer
    Mar 17, 2013 - 3:30PM

    MQM only stands out, because it’s not pro status-quo , take him in and that’s gone!!


  • Observer
    Mar 17, 2013 - 3:38PM

    PTI would have been a better choice.

    Nabil Gabol and Marvi Memon, the decent people of Pakistan need you to do the right thing.
    It is never too late.


  • Hamad Jatt
    Mar 17, 2013 - 3:44PM

    MQM is doing all to get seats in Karachi.
    As people in Karachi always vote MQM because they are afraid of people from interior Sind to come in Karachi and occupy most of the govt sector jobs.
    And people in interior Sind always vote PPP as they thought by that they can get jobs in Karachi on political bais.
    It good divide and rule process. Both parties leader are indeed clos friend with each other,


  • Mar 17, 2013 - 4:42PM

    MQM should not accept him. He has no political significance, no use for MQM.


  • Blithe
    Mar 17, 2013 - 4:55PM

    What’s the difference?


  • adeel qadri
    Mar 17, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Gabol is already a lost seat.. he wont win from layari anyways this time around… so MQM has lost the trick here.


  • Ayesha
    Mar 17, 2013 - 5:19PM

    the first big lota for MQM , congratulations


  • Shahid Kamran
    Mar 17, 2013 - 5:24PM

    As soon as someone leaves PPP, he becomes some sort of gem of a politician? Nabeel Gabol did nothing for the people of Lyari .

    Once elected, he never visted the constituency and was the very reason the gangsters gained such a strength in the area. He knew PPP would not give him ticket at any cost so he picked the second best option in the area being MQM.Recommend

  • chacha
    Mar 17, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Comeon trolls! Now even Nabil Gabol is a better choice for PTI?
    Keep in mind that even a pole can win election in lyari on PPP ticket. Baloch will never vote for anyone except PPP. in karachi.


  • salman
    Mar 17, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Excellent candidate Nabeel Gabol a very reasonable and seasoned politician … its obvious from the comments PTI and Noon (N) league kids cant stand it .. ppp will be left to interior sindh and punjab they are bound to be doomed … wadera shahi era is ending in Pakistan.

    Welcome Nabeel Gabol people of karachi are right behind you now


  • UFF
    Mar 17, 2013 - 7:03PM

    “leaves PPP”?!

    Wow, really bad journalism. He was never getting a ticket and he can only stand with MQM ticket apart from PPP. He had no choice. Get ready for blood as now he will be backed heavily for terrorising people to vote for his “new” party.

    The show continues…


  • Ali S
    Mar 17, 2013 - 7:36PM

    If Lyari goes to MQM (Gabol seems to have the influence to do so), PPP will have literally zero clout in Karachi. Strategically, seems like a big benefit to MQM. I hope it’s a step up from PPP for Lyariites – at least MQM can get things done.


  • Noman
    Mar 17, 2013 - 7:49PM

    Congratz Nabil Gabol for getting a new Rohani Baap :) again there is no exit after that.


  • Unca Jim
    Mar 17, 2013 - 8:19PM

    i belive nabeel was compelled to QUIT ppp because he must have been ignored.


  • Shahid
    Mar 17, 2013 - 8:48PM

    congratulations. This will go a long way in bringing New and old sindhis closer. Good decision Mr.Gabol.Hope it will also help in improving peace in the province.


  • dr j tipu
    Mar 17, 2013 - 8:57PM

    @chacha, what a hopeless mind, if you can vote for a pole under ppp name, then that surely tells us what intellect so called jiyalaas have


  • Riaz Khan
    Mar 17, 2013 - 9:42PM

    One of few in PPP who was honest, straight forward, sincere & dedicated. He will be an asset to MQM. I fully support Nabil Gabol decision’s.


  • hassan
    Mar 17, 2013 - 9:46PM

    let me tell u guys that they r still together i mean mqm and pppp so pp knew that they won’t get elected again liyari again so they decided lets just become bad and send nabil to mqm once he’s elected mqm and pppp and once again officially join hands Recommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    Mar 17, 2013 - 10:08PM

    “This step will help narrow down the gap between the ‘new Sindhis’ – the Urdu-speaking people – and the [native] Sindhis.

    who exactly are the ‘new sindhis’?


  • Navaid
    Mar 17, 2013 - 10:09PM

    Spectacular trump card used by the MQM. This not only solidifies MQM’s stranglehold over Karachi, but literally makes it easier for the MQM to create a separate Mohajir Province (it may be called South South Province), as non Mohajirs will now spearhead the division of Sindh. I am an avid observer of Pakistani politics, and time after time, the MQM never seems to amaze me when it comes to political clouting.


  • Saima
    Mar 17, 2013 - 10:12PM

    I think that the MQM will sweep all of urban Sindh. I also think that Sindh will be divided, as the MQM is already uttering the “M” word…….Muhajir.


  • kHaN
    Mar 17, 2013 - 10:40PM

    I hope Nabil Gabol will be able to tie the knot between MQM and the so-called Amman Committee, so we Karachiite can breath in peace then!


  • Ahmed
    Mar 17, 2013 - 10:40PM

    He should have joined PTI…


  • mystreeman
    Mar 17, 2013 - 11:37PM

    A loser joining a loser’s party!


  • Jussa
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:56AM

    “Altaf Hussain would always personally call me whenever I had a problem”…
    Nabil, you have to see beyond personal favours. Look at the principles by which a man lives or a party operates and then decide whether you can associate with him or a party.
    I am disappointed by your decision.
    What does honour and respect mean now?


  • Faysal
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:14AM

    He knew PPP would not give him ticket at any cost so he quit. He is an opportunist and a loser.


  • John the Baptist
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:44AM

    reading the comments above, i feel like tbrowing up–none of the experts are oncerned about any issues we face as a nation. All these analysts do is blow the trumpet of their own party. how is nabeel gabol’s departure foing to solve the gas or electric or any other of the myriad of probelsm we face? Recommend

  • Malek Towghi / Tauqee, Ph.D.
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:51AM

    Now it is time for the National Party of Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, the Lyari Aman Committee, the PML-N and the JI to field joint candidates for the NA & Sindh PA Lyari constituencies and other Karachi constituencies with a significant Baloch population. Given fair election, a landslide victory for the PML of Nawaz Sharif is most likely. It will be a pity for the Lyriites and other Karachi Balochs to bet on losing horses. Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee, liaison, Baloch Human Rights international.


  • chacha
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:03AM

    @dr j tipu:
    Sorry to say but people see something and then vote. You people say jiyalas are blind, no they are not!

    They are not affected by negative propoganda, rigged election and tsunamis. Whatever is being said about Zardari, same lies were spread against Bhuttos. Its a history from 1969 – 2013. The largest and the only federal party is Pakistan Peoples Party. 38% votebank will tell u soon.


  • Falcon
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:13AM

    Thanks God he didn’t join PTI…since apparently all it takes for him is not political ideology and national cause but personal phone calls…”All parties invited me but [MQM chief] Altaf Hussain would always personally call me whenever I had a problem,”


  • Huzaifa zia
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:00PM

    NG met Mr. Nawaz sharif last month and NS wasn’t even ready accept him as he knew any candidate should have a certificate of PAC in order win this seat that’s the reason why they approched Uzair Baloch to join PKL (N) . NG should contest from Aziz abad rather than LYARI otherwise it’ll be a funeral of ur political career mate….!


  • salim
    Mar 18, 2013 - 6:00PM

    At last an opportunity for MQM to have a chief minister!


  • Namaloom Afraad
    Mar 18, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Those who think that the Lyari seat is now going to the MQM are living in a fool’s paradise. That’s not happening. Gabol will likley contest from Liaqutabad or Azizabad, where even an electric pole can win on an MQM ticket. Gabol had absolutley no following in Lyari – its not going to change the Lyari political landscape for sure


  • Adnan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 8:27PM

    Betting on Musharraf joining MQM by going directly to 90 and announcing his decision on his expected arrival on 24 March in Karachi !!!


  • M. Farooq Gabol Jalalani
    Mar 19, 2013 - 7:49PM

    M. Farooq Gabol Jalalani •
    I believe MQM will get support of Gabol Tribe voters wherever they may be as Sardar Nabeel Ahmed Gabol is considered Chief Sardar of Gabol Tribe. It may result in drastic changes in election specially in areas where people of Gabol Tribe are large in number specially some tough seats of Karachi and Jamshoro as well ! Farooq Gabol Jalalani


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