KARACHI: Another disgruntled Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Anees Ahmed advocate on Monday joined the newly-formed political party of former Karachi mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal.
“We welcome Anees Advocate Bhai in this ‘national convoy’,” Kamal told news men during a press conference at his residence in Karachi’s DHA neighbourhood before turning the microphone to advocate.
“The way Mustafa Kamal and other leaders here put things forth and educated them, may I let you know that I joined this organisation three years ago from now,” deposed MQM leader Anees advocate revealed.
“I was confident that there will come a time when people were break their silence and this change will emerge,” he added.
Ahmed congratulated others leaders for joining Kamal’s fold and speaking up against the ‘injustices’ in the party. “I dedicated more than 30 years to a man,” he said referring to the party supremo Altaf Hussain.
“I would say that this man may live for as long as he can, to find out in the end how he is swept away. He’ll have to see for what he did to his people that they pledged association to him but all of that went in vain.”
The MQM had sacked the Anees Ahmed, who had been a member of the Karachi-based political party’s core decision-making body — Rabita Committee — in 2012 over alleged misconduct.
The development comes in wake of several former MQM leaders joining hands with Kamal and Anis Qaimkhani.
Kamal’s party now has seven members, including two sitting MPAs Alam and Dr Sagheer Ahmed, who joined them earlier this week.
Last Thursday, Kamal had convened a press conference apparently to include more political figures in his fold, but the venue and schedule was changed twice. The former mayor appeared at the ceremony but left without talking to media that was kept on waiting for several hours.
On March 10, two ex-MQM leaders Waseem Aftab and Iftikhar Alam announced to join Kamal’s newly-formed political party. Aftab is a former Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC) in-charge while Alam is a member of Sindh Assembly from PS-106.
Their announcement came days after former Sindh health minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed while ending his 28-year-long association with the MQM, had announced his decision to support Kamal’s party.
Upon returning home from self-imposed exile on March 03, Kamal launched a blistering attack on MQM chief Altaf Hussain and challenged the ‘iron grip’ of the MQM on the city by forming a new party.
Dr Sagheer Ahmed ends 28-year-long association with MQM, joins Mustafa Kamal