Syed Mustafa Kamal

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Syed Mustafa Kamal
25th Mayor of Karachi
In office
October 17, 2005 – February 19, 2010
Preceded by Naimatullah Khan
Succeeded by Post abolished 2010
Pakistani Senator from Sindh
In office
March 12, 2013 – April 21, 2014
Personal details
Born (1971-12-27) 27 December 1971 (age 44)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political party Pak Sarzameen Party
Parents Anis Ahmed and Jamila Khatoon
Residence Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma mater MBA, University of Wales
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam

Syed Mustafa Kamal (Urdu: سید مصطفىٰ کمال‎) is a Pakistani politician who is founder and current leader of Pak Sarzameen Party. He was the Senator in the Senate of Pakistan and served as the Mayor (Nazim) of the Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, Pakistan.[1] from 2005 to 2010. Kamal had affiliations with the Pakistani liberalist party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Both of his parents Anis Ahmed and his mother Jamila Khatoon belonged to the Urdu-speaking Muhajir Bihari family and settled in Karachi. He was chosen for Mayor Karachi by MQM leader and he worked hard under lines of Party policy and became very successful. He was shortlisted for the World Mayor Prize in 2010. Kamal awarded the award to MQM and leader as all directions to work at its best was from him.[2] He has also served as the IT Minister for the Sindh province from 2003 to 2005.In 2013, he was elected to the Pakistani Senate from Sindh.[3]

According to source Syed Mustafa Kamal has left Pakistan after developing differences with Altaf Hussain. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement announced that Syed Mustafa Kamal submitted his resignation from Senate seat and left Pakistan due to personal and family reasons. Later in Dubai Mustafa Kamal join Malik Riaz's Behria Town and started managing Behria Town's construction business from Dubai.[4]

On August 5, 2015, it was reported in many media outlets that ex Mayor and former member MQM traveled to Islamabad to attend important meetings. This was reportedly his first come back visit. Mustafa Kamal after leaving the political party, joined Malik Riaz’s company Bahria Town.[5]

Foreign Policy magazine[edit]

In 2008, some Pakistani newspapers published articles claiming that foreignpolicy.com had named Karachi’s mayor, Mustafa Kamal, "the second best mayor in the world." Foreign Policy editor Joshua Keating confirmed that reports were not true.[6]

Return to Pakistan[edit]

After leaving Pakistan in August 2013, he returned from Dubai to Karachi, Pakistan on March 3, 2016, accompanying Anees Kaimkhani and holding a press conference in a rented house in Karachi's posh area at Khayabane Sahar in Defence phase 6 Karachi on the same day at 3:00 PM.

In his famous press conference, Mustafa Kamal opened up about his lifelong personal experiences as a prominent member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement and what made him leave the country even when he was serving as a senator at the time. He discussed several controversies surrounding MQM, the leader Altaf Hussain and his behavior towards the party members.

In the conference, Mustafa Kamal also disclosed the vision of a new party he is laying foundations of, the name of which is not decided yet. According to him, "Today we are laying the foundation of an organisation, you may call it a party. We are just two individuals, myself and Anees Kaimkhani." He also revealed the flag of his party which turned out to be the Flag of Pakistan. In his support several individual have contacted and showed support and also few more members from MQM joined Mustafa Kamal's team. According to Anees Qaimkhani they will continue to welcome people. In regards to future plans Mustafa Kamal disclosed that they will organize a public speech at Bagh-e-Jinnah near Mazar-e-Qaid Karachi.[7][8][9][10]

Later in a press conference Mustafa Kamal announced the name of party as Pak Sarzameen party.[11][12]

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Preceded by
Naimatullah Khan
Mayors of Karachi Succeeded by
Post abolished;