MPA Dr Sagheer quits MQM, joins Mustafa Kamal

KARACHI: In another setback to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), former health minister Sindh Dr Sagheer Ahmed on Monday announced to leave MQM and membership of Sindh Assembly to join former mayor Karachi Mustafa Kamal’s party.

“I have come to play positive role for development and prosperity of Pakistan in association with Mustafa Kamal and former deputy convener MQM Anees Qaimkhani,” he said while addressing an emotional press conference at Kamal’s residence in Karachi.

He said he had decided to part ways with MQM after a long association of 28 years. He also announced his resignation from his provincial assembly seat. “I seek apology from my voters for not being able to deliver services to them because of my confinement to the party.”

“I want to play a role which could help defeat Pakistan’s enemies and want to play a role for Karachi’s progress. I have conceived this hope and positive mindset so urgent that I have come here by myself to visit here. I have witnessed how every nook and corner of Karachi had been destroyed and made victim of cruelty,” he said.

Sagheer said he wanted to give this message to his community that he had joined the caravan and he categorically stated that he had never been in contact with Mustafa Kamal after he had left Pakistan. He said MQM’s role between 2005 and 2008, when Kamal was mayor, had become inspiration for other people.

He burst into tears during the press conference. He said Muhajirs were not anti-Pakistan. Patriotism of Urdu-speakers had become fun. For God’s sake bring back our community into national mainstream. For God’s sake devote your politics for Pakistan.

The former minister said not the leaders but martyrs, exiles and their families formed the party (MQM).

Ahmad has been an MPA three times including in the current Sindh Assembly. He also an MPA from 2005-08 and 2008-13. He was Sindh’s health minister till 2014 and was removed from his post by the party in August 2014.

He has also served as minister for environment in the Sindh government in 2005-2007. He is a doctor and graduated from Dow Medical College and also has an M.Phil from the University of Karachi. He served as a minister thrice having portfolios of health and environment.

In the current Sindh Assembly, he is also a member of the Standing Committee on Labour and Human Resources.

In the 2013 election, Dr Sagheer Ahmed won PS 117 seat bagging 43,924 votes against 21,754 votes of PTI’s Ahsan Jabbar.