Altaf Hussain announces new MQM Coordination Committee

Published: May 26, 2013
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23 members were nominated for the new Coordination Committee. PHOTO: FILE

23 members were nominated for the new Coordination Committee. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: In a General Workers’ Meeting on Sunday, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain announced a new Coordination Committee, along with other reshuffling in the party, Express News reported.

In his telephonic address to the party members gathered in Azizabad, Karachi, Altaf selected members who are to join the new Coordination Committee, and said that no one will be allowed to nominate new members on the basis of favouritism.

23 people reportedly joined the new Coordination Committee while 10 members were selected for the newly formed Karachi Tanzeemi Committee.

Amir Khan, Aslam Afridi, Haider Abbaas Rizvi, Nasreen Jaleel, Dr Saghir Ahmad, Wasay Jaleel and Kunwar Naveed Jalil were among those who were announced as members of the new Coordination Committee.

Nasir Jamal, Khalid Maqbool Siddiq and Nadeem Nusrat were selected as Deputy Conveners for the new Coordination Committee.

Party member Farooq Sattar was given the position of MQM’s International Diplomatic Relations In-charge.

Certain members of the Coordination Committee had their membership revoked on Sunday, including Raza Haroon, Saleem Shehzad and Asif Siddiqui.

Altaf further stated that MQM workers could not involve themselves in plot permit cases.

“No MQM worker will involve himself in plot permit cases from now on or any other activity that discredits the political party.”

The MQM chief had earlier asked party workers to send him recommendations for new members of the Coordination Committee based strictly on merit. The decision to carry out reshuffling in the political party comes in the wake of complaints and e-mails that were sent to Altaf on inefficiencies reported on the part of MQM’s party workers.

In an earlier statement, Altaf had said that if his party workers didn’t mend their ways, they will lose his support indefinitely.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • AZ
    May 26, 2013 - 11:29PM

    New faces with the same mission

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  • Pakistani
    May 26, 2013 - 11:39PM

    International Diplomatic Relations In-charge. seems Farooq bhai time is over in MQM

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  • Fighter
    May 26, 2013 - 11:48PM

    So now their militant wing has to follow orders from this “new” Coordination committee…..old wine in new bottle.

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  • hoshyarchand
    May 26, 2013 - 11:59PM

    how exactly is this a NEW raabta committee?? people were asked to nominate a well-reputed person from their sector and all we see now is the same old faces…

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 27, 2013 - 12:18AM

    I hope that the new Coordination Committee will work as a team and will not lead to any complaints to the people of Karachi.

    The basic thing for new Coordination Committee is to regain the image of MQM in the areas where MQM has hold in the masses.

    There should be no strikes, no forced closure of markets and transport and all sectors incharge should work for the welfare of the masses, irrespective of the fact whether who speaks which regional language.

    It is time for MQM to come out from the regional politics and MQM should be launched as one of the main stream political parties like any other political party in Pakistan.

    It must coordinate and cooperate and give respect to all political parties whether in Karachi, Hyderabad or Sukkur and should also give respect to each of the political leader or worker of other political parties.

    I wish all the success to the new Coordination Committee. MQM must achieve its targets and goals without any violence in the city of Karachi or in any other part of the country.

    MQM must disassociate with such workers who does not enjoy good reputation in their respective areas.

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  • modi
    May 27, 2013 - 1:15AM

    So a new committee formed to carry on the same old legacy of bhai

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  • modi
    May 27, 2013 - 1:16AM

    Sorry but changing names won’t do any good

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  • Nadeem
    May 27, 2013 - 1:25AM

    Y media has realy overhyped this event..infact I believe that mqm has done it to divert attention from rigging and late Mrs. Zahra‘s murder.

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  • Karachi
    May 27, 2013 - 1:35AM

    Altaf Bhai, we love you!

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  • navaid
    May 27, 2013 - 2:01AM

    Good job MQM and Altaf bhai. The entire Mohajir nation is with you.

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  • Truth
    May 27, 2013 - 2:12AM

    Good to see reforms as the party ideology should blossom and good people should come forward.

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  • SyedPk
    May 27, 2013 - 2:20AM

    Raza Haroon membership revoked :O

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  • munaeem
    May 27, 2013 - 2:34AM

    MQM is an important party.

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  • May 27, 2013 - 2:47AM

    Thank You Altaf Hussain Bha i♥
    Welcome New Rabita Committee And KTC Teams of MQM ..
    Best of Luck :) #JiyeAltaf

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  • Aysha
    May 27, 2013 - 2:48AM

    Farooq Sattar, made an OSD?

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  • SyedPk
    May 27, 2013 - 3:36AM

    @Nadeem,
    When mqm doesnt do anything you complain, when it does something positive still you make out a negative point of it. Please stop acting like a stereo-typed version of Desi-Saas (mother-in-law)

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  • SAH
    May 27, 2013 - 1:28PM

    This isn’t going to change anything. This is all about bringing in more submissive faces who would ‘listen’ to and follow the instructions coming from Mr. Hussain. This is just to secure his own position. We must remember there is only one man at the helm of the affairs. Raabta Committee is just a figurehead – it simply follows the orders that come from the top. There is no room for discussion, suggestions or disagreement. So the change is required at the top. In all honesty, it’s high time Mr. Hussain stepped down and let someone else take over. He is part of the problem; so he can’t be part of the solution. But he doesn’t want to let go of the control. He has driven the party to nowhere and now it’s gone completely haywire. His immature decisions, incoherent and abusive speeches, silly antics, infamous flip-flops – all has led to the situation the party is in today. MQM is synonymous with him. It carries the same image as he does. They need some serious introspection, deliberation and face-lifting; they need to change the whole value system and culture; they need to seek a clear direction; and that’s only going to happen when he’s not in the frame.

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