Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founding member, Saleem Shahzad, who joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf earlier this year, passed away in a palliative cancer center in London, on Sunday, after a long fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife and five daughters.
Saleem Shahzad entered into politics with Mohajir Student Organization in 1979 while he was a graduate student at Urdu Science College, Karachi.
In 1984, when Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) was incepted, Shahzad was selected as its Vice Chairman. After three years, he was chosen as a councilor in the local surveys. Shahzad was likewise the group director of the Karachi Municipal Committee during this time.
In 1988, he was elected as the member of National Assembly and was elected again as an MNA in 1990.
In 1992, when an operation was launched against MQM, he fleed the country with his colleagues.
From that point forward, he played a significant role in the MQM Coordination Committee and held office until 2010, after which he was sidelined after running into differences with the MQM pioneer, Altaf Hussain.
Shahzad wrote a groundbreaking book, Shahoor Ka Safar, narrating the journey of MQM since its inception to till June 19, 1992.
In 2014, the MQM canceled the membership of Shahzad.
Different bodies of evidence have been gathered against Shahzad at different police headquarters in Karachi. Upon his return on 6 February 2017, from abroad, he was arrested but was released on June 14 from prison and permitted to travel to seek medical treatment for his terminal cancer.
On December 2, 2017, Shahzad had declared that he would lay the foundation of another political party “free of china-cutters and target executioners” before the General Election of 2018.