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MQM loses another wicket as sitting MPA joins Kamal

MQM loses another wicket   as sitting MPA joins Kamal

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) incumbent member of the Sindh Assembly from PS-127, Malir, Ashfaq Mangi on Monday joined the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) recently formed by former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal.
Mangi was warmly greeted by PSP leaders Raza Haroon and Anees Advocate as he reached Kamal House to formally announce his decision to join the party. He is MQM’s fourth sitting MPA to join Kamal’s caravan after Dr Saghir Ahmed, Iftikhar Alam and Bilquis Mukhtar.
“I welcome Ashfaq Mangi and members of Sindh organising committee in our party,” Mustafa Kama told the media. “We have not come here to grab power. We are here to end the politics of hatred and spread love, harmony and brotherhood,” he said.
Kamal said that he won’t respond to criticism of his opponents in detail due to time constraints. He said that MQM’s several wickets have fallen over the last few days. He said that his party’s mission was to eradicate the menace of poverty and ignorance.
The PSP leader said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain should show some moral courage and tell the truth to his community about his RAW connections. “Whatever you (Altaf) have told Scotland Yard, you should also share it with your workers,” he said.
He said that several other high-profile MQM leaders were in contact with him to switch their loyalties.
Mangi said he decided to join PSP after revelations of the MQM’s affiliation with Indian spy agency – RAW. “We could not have imagined that a party we had been part of for almost 15 years had links with RAW,” he said. “But then Kamal’s presser in March, in which he unveiled the truth about the MQM, and after scores of people joined the PSP as a consequence, my companions and I decided to move as well.”
He also announced to immediately resign from MPA seat and all other posts linked to MQM.
Mangi said there was a huge gap between Sindhi and Urdu speaking communities in the province when he joined MQM 16 years back. However, Mangi continued, he had been playing very important role as a bridge between them. “Now, under the banner of PSP, I would be struggling for promotion of peace, unity and harmony in the country especially in Sindh,” he said.
Upon his return to Pakistan in March, Kamal unleashed a salvo of bombastic ‘revelations’ against party supremo Altaf Hussain, accusing him of deception, addressing workers while intoxicated and poor running of the MQM.
Since then, the former mayor of Karachi has pulled former MQM heavyweights Advocate Anis, Raza Haroon, Anis Kaimkhani, MPA Dr Sagheer, MPA Iftikhar Alam, Waseem Aftab, ex-senator Mohammad Ali Brohi, and most recently MPA Bilquis Mukhtar, into his party.
The Pak Sarzameen Party’s name was announced on March 23 and since then the party has opened offices in Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas. 

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