Nabil Gabol resigns from MQM, National Assembly

Published: February 24, 2015
A file photo of Gabol arriving at the city court in Karachi. PHOTO: ONLINE

A file photo of Gabol arriving at the city court in Karachi. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Politician Nabil Gabol resigned as member of the National Assembly as well as from his party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), on Tuesday, saying he would provide details and announce his future course of action in a press conference.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Gabol, who was at the NA speaker’s office, confirmed he had resigned as an MNA, and added: “I have also quit the MQM.”

During the 2013 general elections, the MQM awarded its most precious seat in the National Assembly, NA-246, to Gabol. The constituency comprises of areas which include party’s headquarters Nine Zero, and party strongholds Liaquatabad and FB Area.

For the past couple of months, however, differences had arisen between Gabol and the MQM leadership. Gabol did not attend important meetings and remained absent at party rallies and gatherings. Further, he did not visit his constituency.  Gabol had recently claimed he was receiving threats from people within the MQM and that his life was at danger. He also argued he was never invited to party meetings.

Earlier this month, the party had asked for Gabol’s resignation, but the two seemed to have sorted out their differences.

Nabeel Gabol with MQM party workers. PHOTO: ONLINE

In March, 2013, Gabol left the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after two decades to join the MQM. He also served as an MNA from Lyari with the PPP. At the time, Gabol claimed he was being sidelined and that the PPP was no more a party of Benazir Bhutto and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Gabol, who played a major role in the development of the Gwadar Port in 2008, has previously been the speaker of the assembly and has twice been appointed as mayor of Karachi.

Nabeel with former Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani. PHOTO: ONLINE

MQM chief dismisses Rabita Committee in-charges

In a separate development, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain dismissed two joint in-charges of the Rabita Committee on Tuesday over an issue of their ‘timings.’

According to party sources, the in-charges were removed by the MQM chief in a meeting on Tuesday morning. Altaf said they were not giving enough time to their duties and were not arriving at the MQM headquarters on time.

The dismissed joint in-charges Amir Khan and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui would, however, continue to serve as members of the Rabita Committee. The third joint in-charge, Dr Nusrat, will continue to retain his position.

Meanwhile, Kaiful Wara, another MQM leader, has been made the temporary in-charge of Rabita Committee, and will be heading the body for one week.

For the past several months, the Rabita Committee has been undergoing changes. Just earlier this month, the head of the Rabita Committee, Qamar Mansoor, was removed when workers complained about his attitude.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Aiman
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:09PM

    I am sure he will be welcomed in PTI.Recommend

  • Aarif Khan
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:14PM

    This guy only wanted to become MNA to stay in Parliament Lodges and to enjoy lavish life style in Islamabad and fond of private gatherings in the evenings of Islamabad [u know what i mean]. This guy would never be in any party for so long because he is very lazy and want the fame and name for granted. On the contarary MQM is the party of descipline & hardworking on the ground : so the two opposite ends now seperated. Good for MQM at least NA -246 now gets a real MQM face & spirit.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:16PM

    Matters of Mafia
    revolves around bhatta, corruption money and kidnapping for ransom
    besides squatting of people’s land, parks, graveyards
    Could be any of the above reasons for this riftRecommend

  • Audit
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:24PM

    Everyone jumping from sinking ship except hostages. PTI is new political power of the city. Recommend

  • roarwali
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:34PM

    It’s time PTI consolidates its roots in Karachi: Organize party and give its workers a sense of security (difficult in the presence of mafias but a plan should be worked out) Recommend

  • Hasan
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:37PM

    Haha…Going into PTI. I’m sure he’ll be cleared of a dirt’s, corruptions and crimes that PTI had alleged him when he joined MQM.Recommend

  • True Love
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:39PM

    It seems Arif Alvi’s son brigade has some work to do in the comments box. Agaisnt Niazi no comments anything against MQM the Alvi small army gone activeRecommend

  • NA 246
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:42PM

    PTI is only recycling the corrupt & failed politiciansRecommend

  • saeed
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:59PM


    Dreams don’t cost anything so keep on dreaming. I have been hearing this MQM sinking ship story for decades. Its such an old story that even najam sethi does not do it anymore.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 24, 2015 - 8:43PM

    Nabil Gabol is likely to join PPP again after Bilawal will ask him to join the party.Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Feb 24, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Aarif Khan: As if don’t know what MQM comprises of? I suppose you believe that every individual takes bath with aab-e-zum zum everyday twice a day before going out for duty. Come on wake up man. Face the reality of life.Recommend

  • Aarif Khan
    Feb 24, 2015 - 10:10PM

    @KK Kool or any Stealth Alvi

    Comments dont vote in Elections, neither does Facebook. Learn to Live in the ground. Whatever the MQM is we r happy with it. At least No Wadera or MNA son can insult us or beat us untill MQM is here. Long Live my MQM. Recommend

    Feb 24, 2015 - 10:22PM

    He has a history of leaving one party and joining other. MQM must be relieved of this dirty rat. Now he will try to join PTI, which may open its door for him. It is not clear what was his reasons to leave MQM.

    He left PPP because , he found out it was no longer the party of Shaheed B.B and Z.A .Bhutto. What do you expect from an opportunist , am,d a turn coat, who hops on the next bandwagon, after being ditched by parent party. He can never be trusted. Good Riddance by MQM.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 24, 2015 - 10:32PM

    I don’t know what kind of value this guy would add to the fan club. He does not have any political following and has traditionally won from Liyari which is a PPP Macca and from this constituency anyone can win as long has he/she has a PPP ticket. The same goes for NA-246 which is a rock solid MQM bastion and amusingly, Gabool polled 240K votes from constituency back in 2013 (perhaps Niazi can sit down with him and get educated on how such a massive number of votes can be cast in a matter of few hours).

    That leaves Burger halqa like NA-250 and semi Burger constituencies like NA-251 and NA-252. He ain’t cut out for any of these constituencies. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 24, 2015 - 10:36PM


    He left PPP because he was a total loser and was responsible for the bloodshed in Liyari. PPP had decided in principal that he would not be the ticket holder from Liyari in 2013 elections and hence he jumped ship and joined MQM.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 24, 2015 - 11:44PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Your comments can be well encapsulated as
    pppp is so disciplined and dead honest party
    MQM has committed rigging in na-246, 240k votes could not be casted in short timeRecommend

  • Karachiite
    Feb 25, 2015 - 1:35AM

    What I fail to understand is that there has been absolutely no hint or clue as to him joining the PTI but people in the comments section say it with such authority like they are Mr Gabol’s spokesperson. Looks like MQM and PPP have added social media warmongers on their payroll of gangsters. Recommend

  • jawed
    Feb 25, 2015 - 2:39AM

    Any one is allowed to leave and join any party there should not be any negative comments. It is up to PTI or PPP to accept him or not.Recommend

  • hammad
    Feb 25, 2015 - 2:52AM

    long before it actually happened today i predicted that MQM will not tolerate nabil gabol’s indifference to constituency and party and he has been asked to resign which he did

    good for MQM, they really work in an organised way and not like other parties which depend on faces and stature of traditional politicians

    MQM should be the one ruling this country on merit, they will make this country organised and progressiveRecommend

  • hammad
    Feb 25, 2015 - 2:57AM

    those who are keeping too much hopes with PTI intact, look what turn coats of PTI doing to khyber pukhtunkhwa province, its a no brainer that the party has flopped big time, and its just a matter of getting the power, it will be a history in no time like PPP and PMLN

    PTI will never be an organised party if you have imran as its head period, infact if you find any guy who can organise PTI any where in the country, it will be a miracleRecommend

  • Raisani
    Feb 25, 2015 - 10:47AM

    He said now he will play at National level, didn’t he already reveal that he will become a “Khilaari”. Now this political orphan will be shifted in PTI’s open-for-all asylum.Recommend

  • Ali Rao
    Feb 25, 2015 - 11:59AM

    Agreed! Arif KhanRecommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Feb 25, 2015 - 9:43PM

    @Hasan: Could you mention when and which crimes PTI leveld against him when he joined MQM as I do not remember any such occurrence Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 25, 2015 - 10:11PM

    @Ali Rao:
    Nodding to dimwit is like subscription to a colonial inhabitant mindset, present what you are, instead agreeying with any other loony tunesRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 26, 2015 - 1:35AM

    A person who once defended the corruption of Zardari with aplomb and the supposed rein of terror of Altaf Hussain with a straight face….would now be defending Niazi.Recommend

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