MQM’s PIB, Bahadurabad factions come together for Senate elections

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar on Friday held a joint press conference in Islamabad alongside the leader of his party’s estranged camp, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Dr Sattar said that despite his differences with the Bahadurabad group of MQM-P, both sides remained engaged in negotiations with each other through mediators and direct contact and reached an agreement about the Senate elections to be held tomorrow.
He said the two camps hope to reach an agreement about the status of two coordination committees soon as well in an effort to prevent the party’s vote bank from being divided.
The MQM-P leader announced that the two groups have agreed on four names to be nominated for tomorrow’s Senate elections.
The nominees finalised are Barrister Farogh Naseem and Kamran Tessori for the general seats, Abdul Qadir Khanzada for the technocrat seat, Dr Nighat Shakeel for the women’s seat and Sanjay Perwani for the minorities seat.
Sattar expressed the hope that MQM-P will win all five seats.
He said the party’s leaders are “embarrassed” and apologise to their voters who have been affected by the conflict between the PIB and Bahadurabad groups.