Babar Ghauri, Shamim announce to abandon MOM-L

Washington: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Babar Ghauri and Shamim Siddiqui announced to abandon London faction of the party, local media reported on Sunday.

The two leaders, both former federal ministers and presently based in the US, announced their disassociation separately.

In a statement, Ghauri said he has resigned from his basic party membership and is relieving himself of all official responsibilities within the MQM.

Ghauri said further that the reasons for leaving the party are purely personal, adding that he will not be joining any political party and group for now.

Ghauri has remained as the federal minister for ports and shipping, as well as a lawmaker in the provincial and national assemblies, and the Senate.

Ghauri said he has been politically inactive for around a year. He said: “there is only one MQM and that is in London”. He added that he has never been a part of the MQM that is working out of Pakistan.

However, he seemed sympathetic towards the creation of MQM-Pakistan. He said it will be good if the MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP)’s merger succeeds as the Mohajir community is being neglected.