Workers and supporters of MQM listen to Altaf Hussain’s speech in Karachi on Tuesday. – Photo courtesy mqm.org
KARACHI: In an apparent reaction to ‘hooliganism’ during his speech on Sunday morning, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday night disbanded his party’s Karachi Tanzeemi (organising) Committee.
The decision was made following observations and recommendations made by public and party workers during a general workers meeting held at MQM’s head-quarters Nine-Zero, said the party’s official website.
In the wee hours of Sunday, charged workers of the MQM had roughed up members of the Rabita (coordination) Committee, some lawmakers-elect as well as some journalists, during a telephonic address by Hussain from London.
Later, a press release issued by the MQM said Hussain had strongly taken notice of what it called ‘violation of discipline’ by some elements among the party workers. He condemned the act of certain individuals against members of the coordination committee and other office-bearers and asked them to submit a written apology at Nine-Zero within 24 hours. Otherwise, he said, they would not be considered as MQM workers.
Another general workers’ meeting of the party has been scheduled for Saturday, in which some more important decisions will be taken.
According to sources, few more changes in MQM’s top posts are expected in Karachi as well as London.
Hussain said a new system will be introduced under which no office-bearer would be able to remain on a particular party slot for more than three years.
The MQM chief also appealed to all those senior party workers who have been inactive for a while to rejoin the party for the sake of the nation and the party’s cause.