Waseem Aftab, Iftikhar Alam join Kamal’s party240 views
KARACHI: Dissident MQM leaders Waseem Aftab and Iftikhar Ahmed Thursday joined Mustafa Kamal’s political party, which is yet to be named.
Addressing a press conference along with Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani, Waseem said: “We have gathered in an effort to stop bloodshed in Karachi.”
Criticizing the MQM chief Altaf Hussain, he said that he had joined MQM in 1987 in difficult times with a hope that the party leader would protect the community from all the problems it was facing then.
“Having confidence on the MQM leader, 15,000 people lost their lives while thousands of others are still living in exile,” he added.
Waseem said allegations regarding MQM’s connections with Indian spy agency RAW were not false; however, he admitted that it is not easy to prove this claim.
He asked the MQM chief to spare the workers, requesting the other party leaders to join the bandwagon of Mustafa Kamal in a bid to restore peace in Karachi.
On the occasion, Iftikhar Alam announced to resign as Member of the Sindh Assembly and to quit MQM. He said that he has joined Mustafa Kamal’s party to end the politics of bloodshed.
Slamming the MQM chief, he said: “If we need to prove our loyalty again and again amid rendering sacrifices then I give a damn to such party”.
He asked the MQM activists to save their lives and leave the party.
Mustafa Kamal welcomed both the leaders for joining his newly formed party.
“Today we welcome former Rabita Committee member and Karachi Tanzeemi Committee in-charge Waseem Aftab and MPA Iftikhar Ahmed in our party as they have decided to join our cause,” the former Karachi mayor said.