Former MQM leader Saleem Shahzad to form new political party


KARACHI Dec 02 (TNS): Saleem Shahzad, former senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and aide of party founder, has announced to form a new party and said he will contest next year’s elections from the city’s Orangi Town.

In an informal media talk outside City Court, Shahzad said that he will also field candidates in various constituencies in the city.

The former MQM leader said that everyone is welcome to join his party, but added that no “China-cutters or target killers” would be allowed. The party will comprise educated people, he added.

“There will be no dry-cleaning in our party either,” he added.

He said that the party will hold a rally on December 16 in Orangi.

Shahzad, a member of the now defunct singular MQM, was arrested upon arrival at Karachi airport from Dubai on February 6. He was later released from prison on June 2.

The former MQM leader, who had been living in London since 1992, was wanted by the Karachi police for various cases against him.

The most prominent and recent one was involving allegations made by former Petroleum Minister Dr. Asim Hussain that Shahzad had facilitated the medical treatment of terrorists and arranged shelter for them.