More MQM leaders may jump on PSP bandwagon

Likely defectors: Khushbakht Shujaat, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Babar Ghauri

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—In the next few days, Muttahida Qaumi Movement is set to face more shocks of defections as some of its very senior leaders are likely to join Pak Sarzameen Party of Mustafa Kamal.
According to sources, the latest lot that is likely to jump on the bandwagon of Kamal are Khushbakht Shujaat, Dr Ishratul Ebad and Babar Ghauri.
Sources said that the relations between the MQM and the Sindh governor had been strained over the last few years. Especially after the launch of Karachi operation, the party disowned Ishratul Ebad after accusing him of representing the establishment rather than the party. The sources said that the possible defection of Khusbakht Shujaat and Babar Ghauri will be a major blow to the MQM which is likely to woo more leaders from the party to join Pak Sarzameen Party.
They said there is growing resentment within party circles over the handling of the affairs of the party by MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
While quoting some MQM leaders, these sources said that these leaders are actually fed up of defending Altaf Hussain at different forums particularly media.
Since his return from Dubai, Mustafa Kamal is highly critical of Altaf Hussain accusing him of having links with Indian spy agency RAW. Several MQM leaders have already joined Mustafa Kamal that include Raza Haroon, Dr Sagheer Ahmad, Waseem Aftab, Anis Qaimkhani, Anees Ahmed Advocate and Iftikhar Alam.
The party has also set up its office in Lahore and plans to set up offices in more cities in Punjab as well.

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