Mustafa Kamal, the ex-Mayor of Karachi and once a darling of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, has apparently left the “party”. Also, he has been made to resign from his position of Senator by MQM.
Some reports state that Mustafa Kamal and Anis Qaimkhani were kicked out of MQM on a decision by Altaf Hussain as he was tipped that both leaders are interacting with MQM Shaheed Imran Farooq group.
In a press release, the Rabitta Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) admitted that its Senator Mustafa Kamal has tendered resignation. It was also mentioned that Mustafa Kamal has been living abroad for the past several months citing “personal engagements”, and Kamal had taken leave from party activities for attending his business related engagements and had also informed the party leadership about his decision to go abroad.
According to the News, the former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal and member MQM Rabitta Committee Anis Qaimkhani had developed some differences with the party’s leadership in Karachi. Consequently, Kamal headed for Dubai and Qaimkhani for Dubai and Malaysia.
The differences emerged following May 11 elections and subsequent handing over the reins of Rabitta Committee to new leadership including Dr Khalid Maqbool and Amir Khan. Analysts also quote the incident where the leaders including Mustafa Kamal and Farooq Sattar were publicly thrashed by charged up workers on the order of Altaf Hussain.
According to some reports, Mustafa Kamal had first shifted to Tanzania along with his wife who is from there. Later, he arrived in Dubai where he had got a job with a Pakistani construction company (an alleged set up by Malik Riaz of Bahria Town fame).
Another report predicts that the party asked Kamal to pay his share from the thriving business he established in Malaysia during his days as Karachi Nazim. He paid a part but was pressurized to pay more.
MQM (Shaheed Imran Farooq Group) has claimed that it is negotiating with Mustafa Kamal and Anis QaimKhani and they may join their flanks soon.