Farooq Sattar cross-examined on day 3 of proceedings at UK’s court
MQM London properties case:
LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Bahali Committee head Dr Farooq Sattar has been cross-examined in MQM London properties case on third day of proceedings at UK's Properties and Business Division of High Court. Farooq Sattar was cross-examined by MQM Founder Altaf Hussain's counsel Richard Slade in MQM properties dispute case.
Sattar, on third day of proceedings, apprised UK's high court regarding situation after Hussain's controversial speech on August 22, 2016 and expulsion of then party Chief.
Hussain's lawyer questioned whether MQM founder was removed from political party by Sattar after being pressurised under Rangers' custody. Sattar replied that there was no conspiracy in that decision as it was a unanimous decision for saving political party from severe consequences. Sattar detailed that Rangers questioned him about persons who chanted controversial slogans and those who responded to slogans.
Lawyer questioned whether he was pressurised by Rangers to expel MQM founder from political party. He said that Rangers did not force him to expel MQM founder but it was his own decision.
He detailed that matter related to expulsion of MQM founder was not discussed in his conversation with Nadeem Nusrat. Sattar added he did not break any law as party's founder had himself announced to give control to MQM leadership in Karachi.
He claimed that MQM Pakistan leadership had amended its constitution on August 31, 2016 and curtailed powers of Altaf Hussain with a two-thirds majority. It is pertinent to mention here that another MQM leader Nadeem Nusrat also appeared before UK high court to record his testimony. Moreover MQM-P leaders and IT Minister Amin-ul-Haque and former Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar appeared for recording their statements via video link.
MQM Founder Altaf Hussain is facing proceedings before UK high court after MQM Pakistan petitioned to get control of seven London properties worth over £ 10 million belong to party.
Published in The Daily National Courier, December, 01 2022