KARACHI - MQM dissident and former Karachi nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal’s ‘new party’ grew to seven members on Monday when former MQM Rabita Committee member Advocate Anees Ahmed Khan joined it.

“We welcome Anees Advocate Bhai in this ‘national convoy’,” Kamal told news men during a press conference at his residence in Karachi’s DHA neighbourhood before turning the microphone to advocate.

Mustafa blew the whistle on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain in a dramatic two-hour-long press conference earlier this month.

“I mentally joined this group three years ago,” said the new entrant, adding he was waiting for the day “when the locks on people’s tongues would break and they would speak openly.”

Anees Ahmed served as a member of the MQM’s Rabita Committee between 2003 and 2012, and he was sacked from his party post over ‘violation of organisational discipline’.

He said he served with Altaf for 32 years, claiming he left Pakistan in 1998. After leaving the MQM, he said he spent his time traveling and resting.

“I left the MQM on May 19, 2013. I was among those who believed the wrong thing was happening... The international secretariat can attest to this. I said, ‘This is the final nail in the coffin. You have ruined your party’,” Anees said.

Wishing MQM chief well, he said: “I wish for Altaf to live a long life and see with his own eyes that the ground is crumbling beneath his feet,” he said. He congratulated others for joining Kamal’s fold and speaking up against the ‘injustices’ in the party.