The people who are thinking that Altaf Hussain can be replaced by Farooq Sattar or anyone else in the party is naive because nobody can replace Altaf Bhai. Whatever number of votes MQM gets in the name of Altaf Bhai. Nobody else in the MQM has any vote bank.If Altaf Bhai nominates a Gadha (donkey) to contest polls, it will win.
Farooq Sattar cannot even win an MPA seat from his home constituency PIB Colony if he gets out of the party and contests election. The same is with the other leaders. The MQM voters love Altaf Bhai and none else. They will not vote for anybody who is out of favor with the Bhai.
Besides, I don’t see anybody in the MQM capable of handling the MQM workers and supporters. These people are extremely difficult to handle. Only Altaf Bhai’s iron handedness and political sagacity can keep them in check.
If he decides to quit politics and the coordination committee (read rubber stamp) appoints anyone in his place (which looks more than impossible because of extreme internal friction in the party), there will be no MQM. There can be no MQM without Altaf Bhai. MQM and Altaf Bhai are one and the
Even Mustafa Kamal, who has gained a lot of respect in recent years, cannot replace him. If today Altaf Bhai throws him out of the party, no worker will even think of protesting. Such is the might of Altaf Bhai.
So those dreaming about anyone else taking charge of the MQM should wake up. There is no chance.