ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Bahadurabad leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui the party convener on Monday, rejecting Dr Farooq Sattar’s appeal against the decision that was earlier announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
On March 26, ECP ruled that Farooq Sattar would no longer serve as the convener of MQM-Pakistan. Subsequently, he submitted a petition in IHC, challenging ECP’s order to remove him as the convener of MQM-Pakistan.
Barrister Farogh Naseem was Khalid Maqbool’s counsel while Babar Sattar was Farooq Sattar’s counsel in the case.
A decision on the case was reserved on April 17, while announced on Monday by IHC judge Justice Amir Farooq.
Prior to ECP’s decision against Farooq Sattar’s convenership, the MQM-Pakistan PIB Colony leader had challenged the commission’s jurisdiction to hear a petition pertaining to the party’s affairs.
The petition, filed by Farooq Sattar’s counsel, stated that the party’s internal matters cannot be heard by the ECP.
MQM-Pakistan was divided into splinter groups over dispute regarding nominations for the Senate elections. MQM-Pakistan PIB Colony faction started to be led by Farooq Sattar, while the Bahadurabad group comprises Amir Khan, Nasreen Jalil and Khalid Maqbool among others.