MQM, JUI-F with­draw mo­tions seek­ing to de-seat PTI MNAs

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Quelling po­lit­i­cal drama that had stretched out over sev­eral months, Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq on Thurs­day in­formed the House that Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) chief Altaf Hus­sain has agreed to with­draw his party's mo­tion to de-seat the Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf (PTI).

The de­ci­sion comes a day af­ter the gov­ern­ment said it had suc­cess­fully man­aged to con­vince the Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam (JUI-F) to with­draw its res­o­lu­tion. Sal­man Khan Baloch moved the with­drawal mo­tion on be­half of the MQM, while Naeema Kish­war Khan moved the same on be­half of the JUI-F. The NA also unan­i­mously ap­proved a new res­o­lu­tion to up­hold the supremacy of par­lia­ment.

The res­o­lu­tion said the House will not al­low the supremacy of the Con­sti­tu­tion, the sovereignty of the par­lia­ment or the Is­lamic iden­tity of the coun­try to be harmed. The res­o­lu­tion which was moved by the JUI-F chief said it is com­pul­sory for all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to re­spect the stature of the House.

Ayaz Sadiq said the MQM chief made the de­ci­sion to with­draw the mo­tion dur­ing a tele­phonic con­ver­sa­tion the pre­vi­ous night. "I spoke to Altaf Hus­sain, not hap­pily, but to talk to him about not is­su­ing state­ments against the armed forces," he said.

The NA Speaker said, "Altaf Hus­sain told me that the army and armed forces are broth­ers ... I also spoke to him about the mat­ter of de- seat­ing PTI MNAs. He said he would con­sult his col­leagues ... Later in the night, Altaf Hus­sain con­tacted me. I am happy to an­nounce that the MQM has agreed to take back its de-seat­ing mo­tion in the greater na­tional in­ter­est." He said that the JUI-F chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman had also with­drawn his party's mo­tion.

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Khur­sheed Shah said, "To­day is a day of vic­tory for the par­lia­ment." "We have not only only pro­tected PTI but its sup­port­ers as well," Shah said, adding, "Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman has ex­hib­ited a great heart which is a pos­i­tive sign for the days to come."

"The vot­ers should not be pun­ished for the mis­takes of oth­ers," Shah said. "We will have to amend our at­ti­tude and move ahead." He added that tak­ing back the mo­tions is not a mat­ter of loss of vic­tory for any­one.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman said, "The ma­jor­ity never de­prives the mi­nor­ity from its right of dif­fer­ence of opin­ion." "When I reached home I was in­formed that PPP Co-Chair­man Asif Ali Zar­dari wanted to talk to me. I con­tacted him and ap­prised him of the de­tails. He told me he was happy with the pos­i­tive de­ci­sion taken by our party."

"Sim­i­larly Rashid Godil of the MQM con­tacted me and said MQM chief Altaf Hus­sain wanted to talk to me. When I did man­age to speak to Altaf Hus­sain, he re­acted sim­i­larly to how all of you have just re­acted here in the House," he said, re­fer­ring of the House's pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to the news.

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