Contest on NA-245 by-election becomes interesting
KARACHI, Jul 3,2022 – With the rejoining of Dr Farooq Sattar in MQM, the situation of NA-245 by-election has become interesting. A total of 31 candidates are contesting for this seat.
However, political parties are trying to reach out to each other and withdraw their candidates in their favor.
Kiran Masood and Hafiz Mohammad Shehryar have also filed nomination papers. However, after the return of Farooq Sattar to the MQM, there is a strong possibility that the MQM will field Dr Farooq Sattar as its candidate for this seat. Was declared vacant due to the death of Dr. Amir Liaquat Hussain.
Amir Liaquat Hussain of PTI had won this seat in 2018 with 56615 votes while Dr. Farooq Sattar of MQM was second with 35247 votes and Ahmad Raza Kasuri of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was third with 20580 votes.
According to PTI sources, PTI chief Imran Khan will also visit the constituency and address a public meeting.
Apart from four independent candidates, Syed Hafeez-ud-Din Arshad Vohra of PSP, Jamal-ud-Din Siddiqui of PTI, Saleem Sachwani, Haroon Rasheed, Mahmood Baqi, Maulvi Ahmad Raza Muhammad Shoaib Abdul Waheed of Tharik Labek and PPP Mohajir Qaumi Moment. JUI, All Pakistan Muslim League, PML-N candidates are also contesting but the real competition is between MQM, PTI and TLP candidates.
Farooq Sattar political career
In 2016, Sattar was charged for organizing, and facilitating a speech by MQM chief against the military and security agencies.
Later, Farooq Sattar disassociated with London-based leader of MQM supreme saying that MQM will only operate from within Pakistan. He changed the constitution of MQM himself became the new chief saying that “MQM is Pakistan. The party should operate from Pakistan alone.” MQM was registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the name of Dr Farooq Sattar as the convener of the coordination committee of MQM.
Following this event MQM’s London-based leadership expelled Sattar from the party.
In November 2017, Farooq Sattar announced Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan would make a political alliance with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). A day later, he announced his resignation from the party and politics. However, he later retracted his resignation after his mother urged him to stay in politics.
In February 2018, he was removed by the Rabita Committee from the convenership position of MQM. The same day, he dissolved the Rabita Committee and called for fresh intra-party election to elect new leader of the party.
In March 2018, The ECP removed him as the convener of the MQM.
In June 2018, IHC removed Farooq Sattar as MQM-P convener. On November 9, 2018, for violating party discipline, his basic membership of MQM-P was revoked.