KARACHI: The infighting within the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) continued on Tuesday. As the party’s Bahadurabad group filed a petition in the Election Commission of (ECP) against an intra-party election held by the PIB group, Farooq Sattar once again sought an unconditional dialogue between the two groups. Sattar-led group had on February 18 held an intra-party election in which he was elected convenor of the party and a new coordination committee was also elected. The Bahadurabad group, which contains most members of the coordination committee as it existed before the ongoing crisis, rejected the polls. On Tuesday morning, Bahadurabad group rabita committee convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Farogh Naseem filed the petition with the ECP, calling the February 18 intra-party election invalid, claiming it was not the official elections of MQM-P. The petition said that Sattar had no right to hold the elections or to dissolve the committee as he had been removed from the post of convener on February 11. The petitioners further accused Sattar of conducting the poll using fake electoral rolls. On the other hand, Farooq Sattar said on Tuesday that he wanted to visit the Bahadurabad group but without any terms and conditions. “Please make the Bahadurabad group understand to not divide the party like this and let me come there without any terms and conditions. I promise I will not let MQM-P be divided. I want it to be a party of educated and clean people.” “I have a formula. We should sit together and discuss it,” he said, adding that the party’s organisation was getting affected because of the crisis. “The Bahadurabad group should accept the referendum party workers held on Sunday,” Sattar said. “A Liaquatabad that used to scare Islamabad is now falling prey to scheming from its own people,” he regretted, adding that MQM-continued to be a victim of conspiracies whereas other political parties are preparing for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Published in Daily Times, February 21st 2018.