BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: The chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain continues to lose support in Gilgit-Baltistan as the entire team of MQM Baltistan zone has resigned due to the recent statements of the party chief against the army.
“The statements made by Altaf Hussain against the army and his decision to seek support from India are condemnable,” said the joint incharge of MQM Baltistan zone, Zubair Asadi, while addressing a rally organised by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in Ghanche district, Baltistan on Sunday.
Members of MQM announced their resignations during the rally. District incharge Ghazi Muhammad and district joint incharge Musharraf Hussain were among those who parted ways with the party.
After resigning, the members joined PML-N and replaced MQM flags with those of PML-N.
Last week, a party leader, Sayd Abid Iqbal also left MQM on the same grounds.
Iqbal was the zonal incharge of the party in Diamer district as was said to be the first ticket holder of the party during the elections in 2009. MQM had won a seat from Shigar Valley of Baltistan then.
Moreover, Raja Azam, the single lawmakers of the party in the previous government, also deserted MQM in June 2015 to join PML-N before the legislative assembly elections.
The party started facing criticism after an anti-terrorism court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Altaf Hussain last month for using derogatory language against the armed forces and rangers.
The decision was announced by justice Raja Shahbab of ATC-1 during the hearing of cases filed against the party chief at various police stations across G-B.
The ATC Gilgit became the first court in the country to issue the warrants for the arrest.