LONDON: The Altaf Hussain-led Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-London) has expelled several key leaders from party membership for “violating discipline”.

MQM-London’s deputy convener Nadeem Nusrat chaired a meeting in London and announced that the basic membership of Amir Khan, Faisal Sabzwari, Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Kishwar Zehra has been revoked for violating party discipline, a press statement by the party said on Wednesday.

The party, in its statement, has advised “loyal members” to avoid keeping any contact with the expelled leaders.

Earlier this month, MQM’s London-based leadership announced the expulsion of MQM Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar from the party.

Wasay Jalil, and party leaders Mustafa Azizabadi, Qasim Ali Raza and Mohammad Ishfaq in a joint statement released by the party’s London secretariat, announced that Dr Sattar had been expelled from the party due to “repeated betrayals to the party and the supreme leadership”.

The statement warned that disciplinary action and a social boycott would be imposed on those defying party orders.

Farooq Sattar in August sidelined MQM supremo Altaf Hussain after an anti-Pakistan rant which was followed by an attack on the ARY News office. The MQM’s London leadership has rejected the minus-Altaf formula, asserting that Altaf is still the party’s uncontested chief.