KARACHI - Several leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have left the country amid growing confusion in the ranks following dissociation of prominent leaders from the party.

Former MQM leaders Waeem Aftab, Anis Qaimkhani, Dr Sagheer Ahmed and Raza Haroon joined Mustafa Kamal following his announcement to launch a new political party.

MQM MPA Faisal Subzwari, whose name had been doing the rounds for being the next in line to join Kamal’s fold, left the country for the US early Monday morning.

However, MQM claimed that Subzwari had informed the party before leaving for a month. Similarly, senior figure Haider Abbas Rizvi is in Canada, whereas MPA Irtiza Farooqui is residing in London for his son’s treatment. Another party leader, Khushbakht Shujaat, who is also being tipped off as a potential-next to join Kamal’s party, is said to be on an official UN trip to the US.

While the MQM confirmed absence of these leaders, it also said they had taken official leave from the party.

Meanwhile, party’s Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan has reportedly left the country for Dubai, sources say.