Nadia Gabol quits MQM to join PPP

Published: October 19, 2013
Nadia Gabol speaking at the press conference in Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS screenshot.

Nadia Gabol speaking at the press conference in Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS screenshot.

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and former Sindh Assembly lawmaker Nadia Gabol announced on Saturday that she will be joining the rival Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Express News reported on Saturday.

Gabol announced her resignation from the MQM in a press conference held in Karachi. She was accompanied by Sindh Minister for Local Government Owais Muzzafar.

The former Sindh human rights minister said the Gabol family enjoyed a long-standing association with the PPP. She said she still bore ties with MQM, but was forced to leave on account of some differences.

Owais Muzaffar said Nadia had joined PPP as a worker and the party welcomed her as an “asset”.

Reports of Nadia’s differences with MQM had been circulating for a few months now, with Nadia openly expressing disillusionment and disappointment at the unrest in Lyari. admitting openly in an  that she had considered “resigning from the MQM when the Lyari operation in May last year started and innocent Lyarians were killed and arrested.”

Nabil Gabol ‘one of the reasons’ behind resignation

Responding to one of the questions today, Nadia admitted that her uncle Nabil Gabol’s inclusion in MQM was one of the reasons she resigned.

In an interview to The News in August, she had openly voiced her differences with Nabil saying:

“The people of Lyari were until then inclined towards the MQM and had no issue with the party but they were disappointed when Nabil was invited to join the party. Nabil Gabol has failed the people of Lyari and is responsible for their plight.”

Nadia, who hails from Lyari herself, had said that “Nabil is hated locally and cannot go there because he used Lyarians as a vehicle to enter into government but didn’t bring jobs or social care for his constituents.”

Nadia had joined the MQM after meeting with the MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London in 2006. She is the daughter of Sardar Abdul Latif Gabol and niece of Nabil Gabol, the former PPP minister who joined the MQM and won the NA-246 seat in the General Election-2013.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • fawad
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:54PM

    who is she? and why is she suddenly so important for ET ?


  • Fayez
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:03PM

    coming soon: Aysha M quits MQM and joins PTI


  • Al_Chemisto
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:08PM

    Also an ex-MPA who resigned due to dual nationality.


  • Asad Khan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:13PM

    She was accompanied by Sindh Minister for Local Government Owais Muzzafar.

    Nice catch Mr. Tappi,

    MQM should be on their guards now cuz local bodies elections are looming and Lyari is important.



  • confusion
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:25PM

    Just a small query, can anyone confirm if the Chairman of PPP can pronounce “kati patang” properly?


  • John
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:28PM

    The times they do change.No one could have imagined quitting MQM just 10 years back.And if anyone had differences with its leadership,they would have most probably ended like Azam Tariq or inside a gunny bag but like they say ‘you can fool some people some of the time but you cant fool all the people all of the time’.
    Goodluck to Nadia Gabol with her future endeavours,at the least in PPP,she will be allowed to cite her difference of opinion unlike the cult of MQM.


  • Zahir Ahmed
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Gotta have candidates from same family in all parties.. so there is no risk and eternal rewards


  • Shabbir
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:38PM

    Don’t see the point of moving from one corrupt party to another.. either way, you’re still in a corrupt party. Whether it may MQM or PPP, they ruled together for last 5 years in Sindh and completely ruined it. PPP has had govt in SIndh for last 30 years, has the trend gone up or down? It’s unfortunate that people still think these corrupt parties can give them relief and are actually here to serve the public..

    PPP/MQM = both corrupt, only difference right now is that PPP is in power and that’s probably why Nadia Gabol went..


  • akhtar Baloch
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:06PM

    I am sure Zardari and all were certainly on the look out for her assets


  • Parvez
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:24PM

    @Fayez: ……wicked sense of humour…….loved it.


  • Reas Ekberg.
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Do not leave the principles learn in MQM. PPP is lucky to have a well trained worker.


  • Sheraz Hussain
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Bori kaha hai?
    samajh tou ap gai hoge!!!


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 19, 2013 - 10:01PM

    It is a fatal injury for MQM that Nadia Gabol resigned.

    What I heard is that the doors of MQM are open to enter, but no body can exit?

    But Nadia Gabol has broken the precedent.


  • ISI
    Oct 19, 2013 - 11:18PM

    She has seriously endangered her life.


  • ali ahmed
    Oct 19, 2013 - 11:29PM

    long time back she quit MQM…ET…joining PPP may be new news….any how she is not very important for head line news..


  • LuvShock!
    Oct 19, 2013 - 11:54PM

    C’mon folks! On the bigger picture there are lot more people who jump parties around Pakistan than mqm.
    After all she was broken from ppp a while back and due to some unknown…possibly long lasting and non greed-based offer from ppp she fell out again. Maybe in future mqm can buy her back once again.

    It’s established now….once a jump-horse….always a jump-horse.


  • pak patriot
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:17AM

    quit MQM? When is her funeral? :PRecommend

  • Shamim
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:14AM

    First Kite cut by Bilawal and catching PPP in reaction of joint Nabeel gabol to MQM.
    Now time to celebration of PPP. But great decision of Nadia Gabol to left MQM.


  • Oct 20, 2013 - 9:51AM

    Frankly, I think that Nadia Gabol lost her importance when the MQM had to declare she had a dual nationality.
    Bilawal should definitely improve his spelling and talk in the local dialects like a local Pakistani, like his grandfather, if he wants to curry favor and catch votes. In the Local Bodies Polls you can expect massive rigging by the PPP on party polls basis. It for this purpose of removing politics from the peoples’ welfare that LBO polls are meant to be on an individual basis. Does the constitution state have an article to that effect??? Salams


  • Asad Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:15AM

    First of all people should understand that Nadia Gabol was not the main stream leader of MQM, she wasnt the member of any committee like RC, KTC, or MOC she was just a worker who was made MPA and adviser to CM, like many others it is very normal in MQM, Nadia Gabol’s departure from MQM is more of a Family issue not Political, she herself accepted it that she left MQM because of Nabil Gabol Bhai, People who are saying Nadia Gabol broke the precedent by leaving MQM, they must remember Afaq and his co workers, who left the party and are still alive and living in Karachi, lastly, I say that some people doesn’t like respect they receive, she was respected in the party as BAJI, sister, now she has joined the party of goons, she will soon realize what mistake she has committed.


  • Asad Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:32AM

    @Fayez: who is this Ayesha M.


  • Aysha M
    Oct 21, 2013 - 2:48AM

    @Asad Khan:
    Nobody knows but somehow important enough for ET to allow fake comments using her ID and comments at personal level


  • Typical Desi
    Oct 22, 2013 - 1:24AM

    @Asad Khan Ayesha M is ET nick name of some na-maloom FARD living in UK.


  • Reas Ekberg.
    Oct 23, 2013 - 1:19AM

    @ISI: How her life is endangered? MQM is a disciplined political party. People leave and live. Even Amir and Afaq have no threats.

    I pray for a bettter future for Nadia Gabol and may people party get the benefit of her training and experience of MQM. May be some people from middle class get some chances in PPP.


  • 357
    Oct 25, 2013 - 8:17PM

    True that…but what if entire PARTIES were jump-horses ??


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