MQM London allowed to resume its activities in Karachi

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Coordinating committee members to work for recovery of missing workers – File Photo: MQM Website

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), led by Altaf Hussain, popularly known as MQM-London, resumed its organizational activities in Karachi after a gap of more than five years. And two senior leaders have been nominated as members of their party’s highest decision-making forum coordination committee.

According to a report in Dawn newspaper, the development is in line with a petition filed in the Sindh High Court by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to lift the ban on Altaf Hussain’s speeches in London in 2015. 

According to a statement sent to Dawn by London-based MQM leader Mustafa Azizabadi, former National Assembly member Kanwar Khalid Younis and Pakistan-based senior leftist leader Momin Khan Momin have been appointed senior deputy convener and deputy of the coordination committee respectively. 

The statement said the two would pursue the cases of detained MQM workers and work for the recovery of missing workers.

It was further stated that further organizational setup would be announced in the coming days and party ‘loyalists’ have been directed to remain in touch with Kanwar Khalid Younis and Mom Khan.

Meanwhile, another statement issued on Sunday said that the Coordinating Committee had sent a petition to the Supreme Court of Pakistan from London against the ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ ban on Altaf Hussain’s speeches.

This development indicates that MQM is being revived against to contain PPP again. I think that powers that should have honestly reviewed their cases and allowed them to carry on their political activities. Their sudden revival will anger PPP too and new phase of conflict will start in the city.