KARACHI: The administration of the Mazar-e-Quaid (Quaid’s mausoleum) has denied permission for a public rally on April 24 by Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), the fledgling political party formed by former MQM leader and Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal.
Kamal had earlier announced that his fledgling party would stage its first political gathering on April 24, and had submitted a written application to the administration of the venue, the mausoleum of Qauid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, for this purpose.
But the administration officials at the Mazar-e-Quaid today said that there are security concerns and that they are therefore unable to give permission for such a rally inside the premises of the mausoleum.
According to sources, the administration has returned Kamal’s application.
It remains to be seen whether Pak Sarzameen would reschedule its rally to a later date or announce a different venue for the political gathering.
Several prominent names have joined Pak Sarzameen since Kamal returned to Karachi last month and announced the formation of the new party in a direct challenge to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
The latest major addition to the party was revealed on Monday, when former MQM senator Dr Mohammed Ali Brohi and other dissident members of the party joined the ex-Karachi mayor.
Besides Brohi, several MQM activists who had served as zonal members, zonal-in-charges, and sector in-charges also joined the party.
With Brohi’s induction, the number of dissident MQM leaders in the PSP has increased to seven.