KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita committee on Sunday suspended its 19 members owing to their irresponsible behaviour. According to MQM Rabita committee, the members were suspended for their negligence in the party affairs. MQM Chief Altaf Hussain called a meeting of London and Pakistan Rabita Committee to oversee party matters on Sunday morning. However, at the time of meeting when the London secretariat inquired regarding presence of party members at nine zero, they were told that only night shift members were present which included Deputy Conveners Nusrat Shaukat, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and another member of Rabita Committee.
The members which were suspended include Kanwar Naveed, Nasreen Jalil, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Mumtaz Anwar, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Kahaful Vohra, Tauseef Khanzada, Syed Shakir Ali, Saif Yar Khan, Adil Khan, Khalid Sultan, Nisar Punhwar, Yousuf Shahwani, Aslam Afridi, Amin-ul-Haq, Ahmed Salim Siddiqui, Abdul Rasheed Godial, Ashfaq Ahmed Mangi and Adil Siddiqui.
The coordination committee took notice of the irresponsible behaviour of the members and suspended them for indefinite period. The committee said that the suspended members would not be able to participate in party gathering and meeting, and anyone found violating the suspension would have to face termination from party membership.
Sources in MQM, however, cited other reasons for the suspension of the members. They said that rifts among the members on different issues and low collection of zakat and other funds during Ramazan were among the major causes for suspension of the Rabita committee members.
They said that the funds collected during Ramazan were low than the last year and the coordination committee members were directed to visit party offices to increase it, however slackness from them failed to raise the amount, which promoted Altaf Hussain and Rabita Committee in London to suspend them.
The sources said that other members of Rabita committee in Pakistan would perform their duties as usual. They said that the suspended members had sent their apology letters to the London Secretariat.
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