KARACHI: Senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and former provincial minister Raza Haroon on Monday announced to quit his party and joined former city mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal and other dissidents.
Flanked by Kamal, Anees Qaimkhani and others, Raza Haroon said at a press conference there is no need for any conspiracy against MQM chief as the latter himself was good enough for the purpose.
He said the process for ‘minus- one’ is underway within the MQM and there was no need for any outside conspiracy in this regard. He said the MQM chief has triggered his destruction.
Commending Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani, Haroon said the bold move they made by holding the first press conference on March 2 required courage, and that he agrees with the two.
Referring to Lahore High Court’s ban on Altaf Hussain’s images and speeches, he said it was a “blessing in disguise” and many other leaders of the party were also happy over the ban.
“It was not our mistake to join MQM. MQM was not established for the worship of a an individual,” he said. He said while MQM chief, Muhammad Anwar and Tariq Mir were arrested in London, protests were held in Karachi.
He asked as to why a protest was staged outside the residence of British Prime Minister against the decision of the Lahore High Court.
“British media accused you of receiving foreign funding, did you go to court against them,” he asked.
Answering his own questions, he said no protest was held in London against the arrest of MQM chief because of a confessional statement of Tariq Mir. Raza Haroon said only four people were mentioned in the confessional statement.
“Despite being in government for so many times, today we have to prove that we are not RAW agents,” he said.” There is not a single assembly where a resolution has not been passed against you. “You are inviting RAW, NATO, and UN to Pakistan, but when are you returning to Pakistan,” he said referring to Altaf Hussain.
He said it was the state’s responsibility to prove allegations.
He said it was not their mistake to join the party, however, today MQM was no longer pursuing the ideology for which he had joined it.
“When the MQM was formed, it was against feudalism and for the rights of the middle class. That ideology got lost somewhere,” he said.
“The middle class members have now become feudal lords,” he said.
Responding to a question regarding Farooq Sattar’s remarks about the MQM dissidents, Mustafa Kamal said jokingly: “The way we are praising Farooq bhai, they might let him off the hook to join in the next couple of days”
He said he would announce the name of his party on March 23.
Raza joined MQM in 1987 and moved to London in 1994 after Karachi operation began.
In 2007, he returned to Pakistan and was elected a member of Sindh Assembly on the ticket of Muttahida Qaumi Movement in 2008 general elections. He served as provincial minister of Sindh for information and technology in 2009.