IHC declares Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui undisputed MQM-Pakistan convener

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.

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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.

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