Karachi (HRNW): Former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday pulled Iftikhar Akbar Randhawa, member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) coordination committee, into his newly-launched Pak Sarzameen Party.At the start of the press conference, Kamal welcomed Randhawa to his political party.
“For the last few days, our former friends in the MQM are holding press conferences, and have tried unsuccessfully to mislead the people,” said Kamal. “He does not blame the efforts being made by his former colleagues,” he said, adding “their lies cannot be camouflaged no matter how hard they try.”
Referring to Nadeem Nusrat’s press conference in London, Kamal stated that he could not defend the allegations leveled against him.
Earlier in March, when Kamal returned to Pakistan, the MQM dissident unleashed a salvo of ‘revelations’ against party supremo Altaf Hussain, accusing him of deception and being always drunk while addressing party workers.
Since then, the former mayor of Karachi has pulled former MQM heavyweights Advocate Anis, Raza Haroon, Anis Kaimkhani, MPA Dr Sagheer, MPA Iftikhar Alam, Waseem Aftab, ex-senator Mohammad Ali Brohi, and most recently MPA Bilquis Mukhtar, into his party.
The Pak Sarzameen Party’s name was announced on March 23 and it opened offices in Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas. Advocate Anis and Raza Haroon have slammed Altaf Hussain, saying the MQM chief is the reason behind party members jumping ship. However, the MQM has denied all allegations regarding ‘minus-Altaf formula’ and claims its workers are being ‘forced to change loyalties’.
Kamal and his colleagues have not specifically denied these allegations or others that suggest the new party is being backed by ‘certain quarters’. A number of senior MQM members left the country suddenly around the time Kamal returned to Karachi, causing speculation as to the reasons behind their seemingly abrupt departure.