KARACHI: MQM leader Farooq Sattar on Saturday claimed that MQM headquarter Nine Zero has been sealed illegally and unconstitutionally, and that there was no reason behind this action following the party’s dissociation from Altaf Hussain.

“When we say that we have disconnected with London, it means that we are no more in contact with them, stop doing speculations,” Sattar said while addressing a press conference in the metropolis.

“Stop doubting our intention. If somebody is misguided, he should consult some Urdu linguistic for explanation of what we have said,” he added.

The senior party leader said that MQM has parted ways with Altaf 'Saahb' and the latter has been totally disconnected from the party affairs.

Sattar went on to say that MQM is only asking for political ownership, which is their due legal and political right.

“Stop our victimisation through media. Stop pressurising us through these ‘so-called’ analysts, we won’t take dictation from anyone.”

“You cannot seal the headquarter of a political party, only because of the controversial statements issued by an individual — who is already dissociated from the party,” said Sattar.

“We will cooperate with the law enforcement agencies if party members or workers are found involved in any unlawful action or violation of law and order,” he assured, adding that “unlawful raids and arrests of innocent workers must be stopped immediately”.

These actions demonstrate that it is not just about one person, but there is some other nefarious agenda being followed from behind the curtains, said Sattar. "It suggests you are planning to create fractions inside MQM."

The MQM leader said that more than 20 party offices have been demolished so far, despite the fact that many of them were legal and the properties are were donated by MQM's well-wishers.

“Even if these offices were illegal, why these offices were not demolished earlier?”

When Wasim Akhtar will take oath as Karachi’s mayor, he will announce to demolish all the illegal encroachments including our illegal offices [if any], Sattar announced.

“I herby inform the federal and provincial governments that our offices and members have nothing to do with the statements of Altaf Hussain. Stop pushing us towards negative approach. We showed positivity, and expect same from the governments.”

If there are any criminals in MQM, go ahead arrest them, but MQM and terrorism are two different entities, he asserted.

Opinion

Editorial

Ties with Tehran
Updated 24 Apr, 2024

Ties with Tehran

Tomorrow, if ties between Washington and Beijing nosedive, and the US asks Pakistan to reconsider CPEC, will we comply?
Working together
24 Apr, 2024

Working together

PAKISTAN’S democracy seems adrift, and no one understands this better than our politicians. The system has gone...
Farmers’ anxiety
24 Apr, 2024

Farmers’ anxiety

WHEAT prices in Punjab have plummeted far below the minimum support price owing to a bumper harvest, reckless...
By-election trends
Updated 23 Apr, 2024

By-election trends

Unless the culture of violence and rigging is rooted out, the credibility of the electoral process in Pakistan will continue to remain under a cloud.
Privatising PIA
23 Apr, 2024

Privatising PIA

FINANCE Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb’s reaffirmation that the process of disinvestment of the loss-making national...
Suffering in captivity
23 Apr, 2024

Suffering in captivity

YET another animal — a lioness — is critically ill at the Karachi Zoo. The feline, emaciated and barely able to...