MQM chief suspends party convener

ISLAMABAD Nov. 7. The chief of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, who surprised political observers by announcing earlier this week that he intended to end his exile in London and return to Pakistan, today suspended the convener of his party, Imran Farooq.

It appears that Mr. Hussain, who is away from Pakistan for over a decade and running the party from the suburbs of London with an iron hand, is unhappy over the resurgence of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in the port city of Karachi in the October 10 election.

The rank and file of the MQM has been taken aback at the performance of the JI, which managed to bag four of the 20 National Assembly seats in Karachi. Since the emergence of the Mohajir Muttahida Movement, the original incarnation of the MQM, in 1985, the JI had lost its support base in the port city.

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