The meeting between former governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-ibad and some leaders of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) give rise to the speculations that the discussion for the formation of a new political party is taking place. Ishrat was a senior leader of MQM and General ® Musharraf made him governor of Sindh after the 2002 general elections.
The sources close to former governor has confirmed that many PSP and MQM-P leaders are in contact and discussing the possibility of forming the new party. They have in principle decided to form the party. But name and time of announcement is not yet finalised.
Former governor is keen to play a leading political role in Karachi to attract the Urdu speaking voters. Since the split in the MQM and removal of its founder Altaf Hussain from the leadership, the MQM is facing one crisis after the other. It has failed to keep the minus Altaf MQM intact and united.
MQM-P that emerged after August 22 anti- Pakistan speech of Altaf Hussain under the leadership of Dr. Farooq Sattar is going through a crisis. Dr. Farooq Sattar was removed as the leader of the party and replaced by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Dr. Farooq Sattar lost the elections on both seats from Karachi. The MQM-P failed to keep its grip and domination on Karachi and PTI emerged as the new political force in Karachi. MQM-P also lost the by elections on both seats in Karachi.
Dr. Farooq Sattar has parted ways with MQM-P leadership and now looking for various options to pursue his political career. It is not yet clear whether he will join the new party or will form his own. There are rumours that he is also in touch with PTI leadership and might decide to join the PTI instead of forming his own party.
Meanwhile, The Rabita Committee of MQM-P has accepted the resignation of senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar. The coordination committee has also decided to issue a show-cause notice to Sattar.
It seems that many PSP leaders are not happy with the current situation of the party. PSP failed to make any impact in the July 25 general elections. It failed to win a single provincial or national assembly seat from Sindh.
PSP led by former mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal failed to attract the voters in Sindh. The disastrous election results have demoralized the cadres and supporters of the party who claimed to clean sweep the elections in Karachi and other urban centers of Sindh. But now there are many question marks on the future of PSP as an electoral force.
This situation has posed serious questions and challenge before the PSP and MQM-P leadership. MQM-P leadership led by Barrister Farugh Naseem decided to join the PTI led federal government.
PTI has become the dominant political force in Karachi. It has ended the decades old political domination of MQM in the largest city of Pakistan. PTI won 14 national assembly seats from Karachi. In 2013 general election, it could manage to won just a single seat.
PSP leaders Anees Advocate, Raza Haroon, Dr Sagheer, Waseem Aftab, Saleem Tajik, and Shakeel Umar have distanced from the party upon failure in the elections claimed the sources within the PSP.
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26 May, 2019