KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s senior leader Farooq Sattar announced on Saturday that there will be a complete disconnect of the party with London-based Altaf Hussain from now on. “There will now be a complete disconnect with Altaf Hussain. We have no links with Altaf Hussain. It should be clear to all now,” Sattar said while addressing a press conference on Saturday. His statement comes after speculations that the MQM supremo will keep leading the party from his London secretariat. “If even after this announcement TV talk shows keep speculating on this matter, the leaders from MQM Pakistan will not appear in any programme,” Sattar warned. The MQM deputy convener went on to say that the party in Pakistan has completely delinked from the London secretariat. “No one has the right to question our sincerity now,” the furious MQM leader said while talking to the media. He lamented that the offices of MQM are being raided and demolished despite their distancing themselves from the “former” supremo. Naming some of the offices of the party, Sattar said these were built on legal land and that they had literacy centres in them. The MQM leader asked if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would take notice of the offices being razed. He went on to say that when the elected Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar will take oath on August 30, he will vow to demolish illegal constructions. “And the demolition will start with the destruction of MQM’s illegal offices.” Sattar demanded that the MQM headquarters Nine-Zero be opened and uncalled for detainment of their female workers stopped once and for all. Sattar demanded his party’s mandate should be accepted and asserted that the present party setup had nothing to do with terrorist activities. He demanded that for peaceful political activities, permission be accorded to open “Nine Zero” and the sealed party offices. He assured that the MQM’s platform would not be used for provocative speeches. “Stop our victimisation through media. Stop pressurising us through these ‘so-called’ analysts. We won’t take dictation from anyone,” Sattar said, adding that “you cannot seal the headquarters of a political party only because of the controversial statements issued by an individual – who is already dissociated from the party”. “We will cooperate with the law enforcement agencies if party member or worker is found involved in any unlawful action or violation of law and order,” he assured while adding that “unlawful raids and arrests of innocent workers must be stopped immediately”. He was joined by Khawaja Izharul Hassan, leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly who alleged that 20 party offices had been demolished “illegally”, claiming that they were not set up on encroached lands. He was of the view that whatever happened in the past should be ignored and demanded “we should be accorded an opportunity to work. By our work we will prove that MQM is a patriotic party”. MPA Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan demanded Sindh Police release the detained women workers of MQM.