KARACHI: PSP chief Syed Mustafa Kamal finally reacted on Wednesday to rumours of his party’s merger with MQM-Pakistan.
According to details, Kamal was questioned by reporters and journalists after he arrived at Pakistan House to attend a party meeting.
On being asked whether reports were true that MQM and PSP were joining together, the former Mayor of Karachi smiled and said that he could not tell anything.
“Just have a little patience and wait some more,” he said. “We will tell you people everything.”
On being asked why he was smiling, Mustafa Kamal said that he always smiled.
“You’re looking at my face for the very first time which is why you’ve noticed me smiling,” he said. “We struggle for the people hence I am always smiling,” he added.
On being asked whether or not PSP and MQM would contest elections from the same platform, Kamal again remained evasive and urged reporters to wait for a few more hours for the final announcement.
PSP representative Raza Haroon said that he had no idea what was about to happen between MQM-Pakistan and PSP.
“We’ve just been called to the party headquarters for an important meeting,” he said. “I’ve been told Anees Qaimkhani wants to give a briefing to the party,” he added.
According to our correspondent, Farooq Sattar will speak to media persons at around 6:00pm at Karachi Press Club.
There are reports that he may announce merger of his party with Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). Both Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal are likely to sit togather in the press conference.
Sources have also confirmed that both the sides have decided to contest next general elections from a single platform “to prevent Karachi’s mandate from being split.”
Ahead of the crucial press conference, Farooq Sattar has convened officer-bearers of all levels at the party’s Bahadurabad headquarters where the party’s local leadership will be taken into confidence, reports said.
Meanwhile, speaking to Samaa, PSP’s senior leader Waseem Aftab, refused to confirm the merger reports expressing his unawareness; however, he said PSP chief Mustafa will welcome the development.
“Kamal has a wish to join hands with all political forces for the sake of this city. He has welcomed Farooq Sattar in the past and we will love to work with whoever is willing to serve this city,” Aftab said.
The news came as a surprise to many as both the breakaway factions of MQM have criticised each other until recently.