Hasnain quits MQM, joins PSP

No justification to remain part of MQM after anti-Pakistan speeches

Staff Reporter

Karachi—MQM’s MNA Asif Hasnain left the party on Sunday to join Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party and announced his decision to resign from his MNA seat.
Addressing a press conference at the PSP Secretariat here, Mustafa Kamal welcomed Asif Hasnain and stated that the latter had been elected from MQM’s platform from NA-255 constituency and had also been a member of the Rabita Committee. Kamal said that Asif Hasnain had rejected the mandate of MQM’s Altaf Hussain to join forces with PSP.
Mustafa Kamal further said that the match between MQM’s senior leader Farooq Sattar and party chief Altaf Hussain was fixed. Kamal further said that Farooq Sattar was trying unsuccessfully to save Altaf Hussian from his current predicament and for this reason, had plunged the whole nation into confusion. Kamal stated that he would not let this confusion persist.
Asif Hasnain also spoke on the occasion and chanted slogans in favour of Pakistan. He said that he could no longer listen to derogatory slogans regarding Pakistan and had hence decided to part ways with MQM. He also announced that he would resign from the NA-255 constituency that he had won from his former party’s platform.
Asif Hasnain said that he had decided to leave MQM because he wanted to work for Pakistan and not against it. He urged others to purge their fear and join the ranks of Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party.
“Do not be afraid of any person. Support Mustafa Kamal and join Pak Sarzameen Party,” he said.
In response to a question, Asif Hasnain said that he was not fleeing from Pakistan but had decided to go to Islamabad since he had fallen sick after not getting sleep for two days and three nights. Hasnain said that he had decided to escape that predicament by going to Islamabad when Rangers officials took him into custody from the airport for questioning.
Speaking to journalists, Kamal invited others to join the party. “If you have a problem with Altaf, leave the mandate. It is not your mandate, it is his mandate,” Kamal said.
“Altaf is making speeches in the entire world… Farooq Sattar said he was resting, but he’s making more phone calls than Sattar is,” Kamal claimed.
“They are not speaking truth even today… We know Altaf’s DNA well. He will never, as long as he is alive, let anyone else lead his party. He killed whoever was capable of doing so,” Kamal claimed. “He killed Azeem Tariq. He killed Imran Farooq,” the PSP chief alleged.
“Farooq Sattar now takes guards everywhere with himself and goes and sleeps in the Avari after he is done with work. Who is he hiding from? The Taliban? He’s hiding from Altaf,” Kamal said. People who are still part of the MQM are there “because they’re trying to save their jobs”, Kamal said. “They are afraid they’ll lose all their perks and privileges.”

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