In a comeback against Farooq Sattar’s allegations, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal on Saturday said that it was indeed the establishment which helped the short-lived alliance take place between Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM) and his party.
“I accept today that the alliance was reached with the help of the establishment. And when we went to meet him, he was already there sitting with the establishment,” Kamal said while addressing the media in Karachi.
He further said that the alliance did not happen within 48 hours, but the meetings have been taking place on the wishes of Farooq for past eight months.
The enraged Kamal showed a copy of a paper in which it was said that establishment had made this alliance take place. “According to this report, Faisal Sabzawari has leaked all information about the alleged meeting before the alliance,” Kamal said.
“You [Farooq] have been pressuring us through the establishment and now, you have made it look like that PSP was after you through it,” he said.
Taking a jibe at Farooq Sattar, PSP chief said that MQM-P was made under the vigilance of the establishment.
“One should not forget that Farooq was taken to Rangers headquarters after Altaf’s August 22 speech,” he said while adding that after that he became leader of the MQM after being released by the Rangers.
“MQM-P itself was created in the room of Major Bilal Akbar,” he added.
Kamal alleged that founder of the MQM Altaf Hussain was an agent of Indian spy agency and that Farooq still refrains from speaking against him.
“Today he is going to visit MQM martyrs graves. Does he already not know who killed Imran Farooq?” he asked.
Responding to Farooq’s criticism of Kamal sidelining the Muhajir community, the PSP chief said that people are using the ‘Muhajir card’ for politics.
“These leaders have done politics on Muhajirs for 35 and have achieved nothing. We are only creating a divide by this dirty politics,” he alleged.
Kamal also accused that there is infighting among the MQM ranks to get the post for becoming an intermediary between the party and the establishment.
He further said that he accepts that he was in touch with the security agencies so that he could secure the release of MQM-P’s missing persons.
“Yes, I was in contact with the agencies because they had missing MQM workers,” he said.
“We managed to get some 70 missing persons released who have now been united with their mothers,” he added.
He further said that just because of Farooq’s speeches against him, the agency stopped releasing the people.
His tirade against MQM-P came in the wake of Farooq ditching the alliance just a day after if it was agreed upon.
After speculations lasting a few months, MQM-P and PSP had announced on November 8 a political alliance, joining hands under “one manifesto, one symbol and one party” for the general elections in 2018.
But the apparent merger was very short lived as just a days after MQM-P leaders said in a presser that their party will remain intact and will contest with its own name and the renowned election symbol, kite.
Afterwards, party’s convener, Farooq, said that under immense pressure he is bidding farewell to politics. He, however, joined back after his mother and party workers persuaded him back to lead the party.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.