KARACHI: Former Mustafa Kamal, former Karachi Nazim and de-facto chief of the MQM’s dissident group Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday unveiled the name of his party as the ‘Pak Sarzameen Party’.
“I announce the name of our party with a prayer that may God guide and bless us. The party of people will be called Pak Sarzameen Party,” he said while addressing a gathering in Karachi’s Clifton area.
“We have not come to snatch away someone’s power,” said the former Karachi mayor who blew the whistle on MQM supremo Altaf Hussain in a dramatic over two-hour-long press conference earlier this month.
“We all already had power and positions, but we threw away these privileges for the sake of people,” Kamal added.
Critcising existing political parties of having their flags, Kamal said his party will not have any, and would rather hand over the flag of Pakistan to his workers.
“We know that the Election Commission of Pakistan will ask for a separate party flag and we will give them that. But we will not use it, will not hoist it on our houses. Instead, we will use the flag of our country.”
Speaking against the making of new provinces, Kamal said it would be of no use without devolution of power to the local bodies. “If we make new provinces, there would be 20 more feudal lords instead of four. It is pointless.”
Former MQM leaders Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Waseem Aftab, Iftikhar Alam, Anees Advocate and Raza Haroon joined Kamal following his announcement to launch a new party on March 3.
He simultaneously alleged Altaf of fomenting terrorism in Karachi, calling him an agent of the India’s premier spy agency RAW.