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Altaf Hussain directs MQM to quit hunger strike

Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussian has directed his party workers to quit their six-day long hunger strike here on Monday, the media reported.

Before this, The MQM leader had decided to step down as the chief of MQM on Monday and designated Deputy Convener, Farooq Sattar the new chief of Karachi-based party.

After half an hour, Altaf Hussain nulled this decision and designated himself as the party chief.

According to the sources, he was addressing party workers via telephone when he assigned Farooq Sattar as the new chief of MQM and then disconnected the phone.

Now, the MQM party members are counseling to quit the hunger strike after the orders of Altaf Hussain.

It is pertinent to mention here that the MQM has been observing hunger strike till death in connection with the arrest and raids of Rangers on the homes and offices of its members and workers.

Separately, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed visited Islamabad today but didn’t go to Karachi Press Club (KPC), the venue of MQM’s hunger strike. But he said that he would bring the message of MQM to prime minster of Pakistan.

Later on, MQM party leader Khalid Maqbool said that federal government cannot handle their problems as it was incompetent.