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Farooq Sattar bows down to MQM-P Bahadurabad faction’s demands ahead of Senate elections

Farooq Sattar on Friday announced to withdraw his powers to nominate the candidates for the Senate elections in a bid to bow before the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Bahadurabad faction and Rabita Committee.
Speaking to media on Friday, he said he made the call to save the party from disintegrating. He told that the Rabita Committee will put forth four names for the Senate polls which he will accept.
“We will accept the four names given by Bahadurabad group,” he exclaimed.
Sattar expressed his concerns on the matter that the Rabita Committee removed him from the authority despite opposition in the party. He claimed that 22 MPAs are with the PIB Colony group while 12 are with that of Bahadurabad. He resented that the matter would have been solved if Amir Khan had paid him a visit.
He announced that there will be an intra-party election on Feb 18, recalling that he had saved the party from disintegrating on August 22.
He said MQM-P is registered under his name and only he can use the party symbol of Kite.
MQM-P had earlier divided into two groups after a dispute over the party’s nominations for Senate election. Two senior members, Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan.
It was reported that Sattar suggested the name of Kamran Tessori for the Senate ticket which was opposed by Amir Khan and his faction. Later on both senior members had called separate party meetings till now.
The coordination committee had wrote to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withdraw authority of Dr Farooq Sattar, and removed him from the position of convener. It had earlier removed Tessori from the committee.