Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) senior lawmaker and coordination committee member, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, announced on Monday his decision to part ways with MQM, ending his 28-year long affiliation with the political party.
Ahmed's name is included in the ranks of senior MQM lawmakers and notable politicians from Karachi. He is the first senior politician to have joined the former mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal, after his return to the country.
Born on 23 November, 1972, in Karachi, Ahmed did his MBBS from Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), and did his post-graduate studies in bio-chemistry.
As a student, Ahmed was active in student politics and was part of All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (APMSO).
Ahmed has been a member of the provincial assembly thrice, with his first stint starting in 2005. He won the by-elections on a vacated seat, and became the provincial environment minister, a post he held till 2007.
He returned to the provincial assembly in 2008, with his second tenure lasting till 2013. During the general elections held in 2013, he again returned to the provincial legislature by winning the PS-117 constituency and received 43,000 votes.
Ahmed was made the provincial health minister in 2008, a portfolio he held till 2014.