IF FORCED TO SWITCH PARTY
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar warned yesterday that his party’s lawmakers would resign en-bloc from parliament if they were further “coerced” into switching party. “The time has come that we make a decision,” the MQM-P chief said addressing a press conference at party’s temporary headquarters at Bahadurabad. “It’s been a year since we parted ways with the the MQM-London. But still our party’s legislators are being forced to switch loyalties. I don’t understand why this is happening,” he added. Sattar conceded that some of the party lawmakers who had left the party earlier on had done so of their choice. However, he maintained, the MQM-P leadership had spoken with its lawmakers and they were all being pressured to leave the party. “Not only our MPAs, MNAs and senators, but also town and UC committee leaders are being threatened to quit the party,” he said. “One of our members from North Nazimabad town, Sohail Qureshi, was arrested and later seen in the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) camp, he added.