Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Dr. Farooq Sattar accompanied by party leaders and supporters visited “Martyrs’ Monument” in Azizabad’s Jinnah Ground on Saturday (today).
02:15 pm - Farooq Sattar and all members of MQM-P’s Coordination Committee reached Yadgar-e-Shuhada where they offered fateha amid a charged atmosphere. They vowed not to let the blood of ‘martyrs’ go in vain.
02:05 pm - Farooq Sattar, accompanied by a good number of party workers and leaders, reached Mukka Chowk in Azizabad, before heading to the Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
12:25 pm - Farooq Sattar reached his party's headquarters in Bahadurabad to hold consultation wiht party leaders over the rally.
12:15 pm - "The party had asked its supporters in the morning to not show up for the march after being denied permission, however, if they end up coming nevertheless, it is because of their own respect for the martyrs": he said.
12:15 pm - He said he would head to the Jinnah Ground along with party's Rabita Committee, adding that workers will not accompany him, but if some supporters wanted to join them they should not be barred.
12:10 pm - While talking to reporters outside his residence, he said MQM-P was not allowed by the administration to march to the monument known as Yadgar-e-Shuhada at Jinnah Ground.
12:10 pm - Farooq Sattar left his home for the party headquarters in Bahadurabad before heading to Yadgar-e-Shuhada in Azizabad.
According to our correspondent, police have started closing all roads around “Yadgar-e-Shuhada” with shipping containers and barricades.
In what appears to be an attempt to flex political muscles and raise the political temperature, Farooq Sattar late on Friday announced that his party will stage a rally to visit “Martyrs’ Monument” in Azizabad’s Jinnah Ground, close to the MQM’s sealed headquarters at 11:00am.
In the morning, the plan was slightly changed as MQM announced to stage a ‘limited’ rally at 12:00 pm.
Since MQM founder Altaf Hussain’s Aug 22, 2016 anti-Pakistan speech, MQM’s Nine Zero headquarters and its public secretariat at Khurshid Memorial Complex in Azizabad have been sealed off.
Since then, MQM-P and those associated with Altaf-led MQM-London group have not been allowed to visit the monument known as Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
“To pay tribute to our martyrs, we will march towards martyrs monument from Ayesha Manzil tomorrow 11th November at 3pm,” reads a tweet from Farooq Sattar.
After internal criticism for forming political alliance with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), Dr Farooq Sattar had announced his resignation from MQM-Pakistan and politics on Thursday in a controversial press conference. After his announcement, party workers and leaders protested and urged the leader to take back his resignation.
At the behest of his mother, Farooq Sattar took back his resignation and returned as MQM-Pakistan's chief. - Samaa
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Story first published: 11th November 2017