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'Hold your breath, it's our turn now': Mustafa Kamal to Farooq Sattar

11 November 2017, 11:08 | Melissa Porter

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MQM backtracks from 'one manifesto, one symbol, one party' alliance with PSP

But he does not take this step without reiterating his strong commitment to the Mohajir identity-based politics.

"Long live Pakistan, long live MQM-Pakistan", he said at the end of the video. Addressing the presser alongside Sattar, PSP leader Mustafa Kamal said his party will not agree to anything associated with MQM, whether it is its name or its symbol, a kite. One hour later (late Thursday night), however, Dr Sattar withdraws his resignation on his "mother's advice" at his PIB Colony residence crowded by party leaders and workers.

THE leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) set aside their bitter rivalry on Wednesday to announce that they were gearing up for the eventual consolidation of their political forces and that they would contest the 2018 general election under "one name, one manifesto, one symbol and one party". Sattar also kept mum and didn't even nod when Kamal announced the demise of the MQM and its rebirth as an all-Pakistan party of Pashtuns, Sindhis, Punjabis and the Baloch.

Though the modalities of the newly envisioned political alliance were not announced, PSP chief Mustafa Kamal had made it clear that "it would be anything but MQM". MQM-Pakistan came into being following party founder Altaf Hussain's speech against the institutions leading to attack on television channels. Kamal had stated that his party would create an anti-MQM bloc in legislatures, describing MQM as an "anti-Pakistan" party.

Although the MQM-P had earlier said that it would approach the ECP, no action was taken since then. That the Dr Sattar-led MQM faction had accepted to play second fiddle in the regrouping was a legitimate impression.

What is the plan behind this move by "the state" now fighting MQM's criminal underworld in Karachi?

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