MQM asks Ishratul Ebad to resign as Sindh governor

Published: May 11, 2015
Sindh governor Ishratul Ebad. PHOTO: AFP

Sindh governor Ishratul Ebad. PHOTO: AFP

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has requested Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad to resign as from his post.

The demand was made in a press conference at the Khursheed Begum Secretariat near party headquarters in Karachi on Monday evening.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar  while addressing the press said initially Ebad worked for the interests of the people of Sindh but his behavior gradually changed.

He cited reasons such as failure to curb extra-judicial killings of MQM workers, and a formation of a monitoring committee for the Karachi operation that contributed to the party’s policy decision to ask Ebad to resign as governor.

“Until today the monitoring committee [to ensure that Karachi operation remained impartial] has not been formed,” he said. “Unfortunately, while the high-ups did not cooperate, even Dr Ishratul Ebad completely failed in this task.”

Sattar said the MQM had a zero-tolerance policy against criminals, and wanted Karachi to be crime-free; however the focus of the ongoing targeted operation was increasingly towards his party.

According to party sources, Ebad has no authority and power, which is why the party this it’s best for him to resign.

A few days ago, a seemingly enraged MQM chief Altaf Hussain announced Ebad did not have any affiliation with the MQM, and should not be considered a part of the party.

Altaf said the governor was working for the establishment and had remained silent on party killings, raids and arrests.

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  • Aiman
    May 11, 2015 - 7:15PM

    It would be interesting if Governor doesn’t resign then we would know who he is controlled by.Recommend

  • John
    May 11, 2015 - 7:16PM

    Ishrat ul Ebad deserves this just like Mustafa Kamal deserved it for being the stooges of the borderline insane in the first place.This is what happens to people who are more loyal to the king then the king himselfRecommend

  • Acorn Guts
    May 11, 2015 - 7:28PM

    I hope MQM understand that he won’t be able to retract his resignation the next day on worker’s insistence.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siiddiqui
    May 11, 2015 - 8:46PM

    It is time for Governor Ishrat-ul-Ebad to step down.

    When a Governor remains for so long on his post, he becomes useless for the masses.

    The whole Governor House has become ineffective in resolving the problems of the general public, therefore, every one right from top to bottom has to go.

    With the nomination of new Governor by President Mamnoon Hussain, it will be necessary that the entire staff of Governor house should be reshuffled.

    Any one whosoever picks up the phone from Governor House sounds like as if general public is talking to dead people who have rude behaviour with no enthusiasm at all.

    Let’s white-wash the whole Governor House from in and outside to welcome the new people right from the Governor upto a Sweeper.Recommend

  • Intelligent
    May 11, 2015 - 8:50PM

    If the governor resigns on the demand then he would like to stay with MQM and within the city otherwise he may stay within the government for a sometime and later he would resign to leave for Dubai forever.Recommend

  • ZAK
    May 11, 2015 - 10:08PM

    Governor is the representative of Federal Govt.
    It is discretionary post of Fed Govt.

    I think governor has performed well within his jurisdiction.That is why he is governor for last twelve years.

    Role of governor is symbolic.MQM should not ask him for resignation.

    MQM should try to rejoin PPP led Sindh govt.

    Whenever they are out of govt they face tough time.Recommend

  • Zaheer
    May 12, 2015 - 1:37AM

    The Sindh governor has made a history of longest serving governor in Pakistan. During his governorship, Dr Ishratul Ebad performed his duties very wisely and being a cool-minded man he bridge MQM-PPP differences gently and its his quality that even the opposition did not raise finger on his neutrality. One cannot understand why the MQM demanded his resignation keeping in mind governor is a representative of federal govt not of any party and many times MQM announced that Dr. Ishrat has no affiliation with the party as he has resigned from the party before his appointment as governor sindh. The more important question here is if Ishrat-ul-Ebad resigns, who would be next in governor’s slot? Lets wait and see the decision would be come out in a day or two.Recommend

  • abc
    May 12, 2015 - 2:09AM

    It means that Governor is working for MQM not sindh
    That is all darama to divert mqm to other things its all game to gain popularlyRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 12, 2015 - 2:43AM

    Governor should wait 72 hours before taking any action. MQM may take U turn during this time.Recommend

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