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May 24, 2013

Altaf dissolves MQM Pak, UK coordination committees

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AFP
May 24, 2013

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has disbanded the party’s coordination committees in Pakistan and the United Kingdom with immediate effect on Thursday. The administration of the party’s headquarters, Nine Zero in Azizabad, was also dissolved.
The two coordination committees are the main consulting bodies responsible for making all the major decisions for the party.An ad hoc committee comprising seven members was put in place to carry on basic activities till a fresh panel is announced. It is expected that party chief Altaf Hussain will announce the new team at the general workers’ meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday at Nine Zero.
The seven members of the makeshift committee are: Dr Farooq Sattar, deputy convener and spokesperson; Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, former state minister and deputy convener; Amir Khan, a senior leader; Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, former provincial health minister; Naveed Jamil, former mayor of Hyderabad; Saif Yaar Khan, former member of the now-defunct co-ordination committee and Dr Nusrat, also a member of the coordination committee and a deputy convener.
It may be mentioned that on Wednesday, Altaf Hussain had announced that a ruthless reform is under way within the party to cleanse the MQM of the elements who earned the party a bad reputation.
The MQM chief had also dissolved the Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC) on Wednesday and terminated the partymembership of Hammad Siddiqui, the in-charge of KTC.
The KTC is arguably the backbone of the party in Karachi, as it is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of party activities through a network of 26 sectors and about 260 units spread across the city.
Three more members suspendedThe MQM had also suspended the basic party membership of Coordination Committee members Shakeel Umar and Saleem Tajik for indefinite period.According to the statement issued by the MQM’s coordination committee, the party’s membership of Karachi Tanzeemi

Committee (KTC) member Farooq Saleem has also been suspended.
The statement also issued instructions to the MQM workers not to maintain any direct or indirect contact with any of the suspended members.It further stated that party chief Altaf Hussain is busy in the continuous process of cleansing undesirable elements from the MQM. Altaf is working 21 to 22 hours a day.
Consultations among the members of coordination committee are also part of the process, the statement added.On Wednesday, Altaf Hussain addressing the members of the coordination committee via telephone at Nine Zero, expressed resolve to cleanse the party.He said MQM strictly prohibits collection of donation and warned that if any office bearer or worker is found involved in this practice his basic membership will be revoked.
Altaf said the MQM adheres to the policy of ‘zero tolerance’ when it comes to the instances of illegal occupation of land, plots, residences and shops or their sale/purchase, and advised that in case any member of his party is directly or indirectly involved in such practices he should voluntarily tender his resignation.