Afaq Ahmed

Afaq Ahmed (Urdu: آفاق احمد‎ born March 22, 1962) founded the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) (MQM) political party, a break-away faction of the much larger Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party.

Born to a Muhajir family in Karachi, Ahmed graduated from University of Karachi.[1] While still a student, he joined the All Pakistan Muttahidda Students Organization (APMSO) led by Altaf Hussain. Later, when the APMSO became a political party under the leadership of Hussain, Ahmed served as the party's joint secretary. However, in 1989, owing to some ideological differences with Altaf Hussain, Ahmed left the MQM and announced the creation of his own party named Mohajir Qaumi Movement - Haqiqi .[1] Afaq Ahmed had to face serious consequences for this open rivalry with Altaf Hussain. His house was set on fire in early 90s and many of his supporters including some of his close relatives were murdered. Afaq Ahmed refused to withdraw from the Mohajir cause and is still leading his party with the same name and slogan.

Afaq Ahmed has decided to participate in General Elections 2018[2] from all over Karachi and some parts of Hyderabad and Tando Adam. His party symbol is Candle. He himself is contesting from two constituencies: NA-240 and NA-254.

ImprisonmentEdit

An operation was launched against Mohajir Qaumi Movement in 2002 after they secured a seat of National Assembly from Landhi constituency. Even Altaf Hussain felt the fear that with the rise of Afaq Ahmed, his politics might fail. Afaq Ahmed was arrested in 2004 following the rise to power of the rival MQM in Sindh. Several allegations and cases were charged on him which later proved to be false. In late September 2011, the Sindh High Court finally granted Ahmed bail seven years after his arrest. The Sindh government refused to grant his release, citing concerns over the maintenance of law and order.[3] On December 16, 2011, the Sindh High Court declared Ahmed's imprisonment under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) illegal and ordered him to be set free.[3]

Resigns from MQM-Haqiqi's chairmanshipEdit

Afaq Ahmed resigned from his leadership post in response to the election results which he claims were rigged. Speaking at a press conference at his house in Defence Housing Authority, Ahmed said, “We have failed to counter the conspiracies” and he advised the workers to choose a better leader.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Afaq Ahmed at Pakistanileaders.com
  2. ^ generator, metatags. "ECP - Election Commission of Pakistan". www.ecp.gov.pk. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  3. ^ a b "Despite bail, Afaq Ahmed detained for one month". The Express Tribune. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  4. ^ https://tribune.com.pk/story/1767856/1-afaq-ahmed-resigns-mqm-haqiqis-chairmanship/