PM, al­lies de­cide not to ac­cept MQM res­ig­na­tions

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in a meet­ing with par­lia­men­tary lead­ers of var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties de­cided on Thurs­day not to ac­cept Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) law­mak­ers' res­ig­na­tions from the as­sem­blies.

"The gov­ern­ment will treat MQM res­ig­na­tions is­sue the same way it treated PTI's res­ig­na­tions," it was de­cided in a meet­ing of par­lia­men­tary lead­ers with the PM at his cham­ber in the Na­tional Assem­bly. The prime min­is­ter also de­cided to form a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing mul­ti­party rep­re­sen­ta­tion to ne­go­ti­ate the is­sue with the MQM. Fur­ther, all par­lia­men­tary lead­ers in the meet­ing de­cided to coax MQM into talks in­stead and to ad­dress their reser­va­tions. "Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq will keep the is­sue of MQM res­ig­na­tions in ad­journ­ment un­til the is­sue is re­solved," an of­fi­cial privy to the pro­ceed­ings of the meet­ing said.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, it was also de­cided that the Karachi op­er­a­tion will con­tin- ue tar­get­ting ter­ror­ists in the metropoli­tan city; how­ever, the gov­ern­ment will hold talks with the MQM to bring the party back to par­lia­men­tary pol­i­tics.

Mean­while, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar con­tacted MQM leader Fa­rooq Sat­tar over the phone and re­quested him to take their res­ig­na­tions back. How­ever, the MQM leader said that his party had al­ready con­veyed its con­cerns to the gov­ern­ment. "The gov­ern­ment does not want see the MQM out of par­lia­men­tary pol­i­tics," Dar said. He also as­sured the MQM leader that he will dis­cuss the is­sue with the prime min­is­ter and con­tact him again.

On Wed­nes­day, the gov­ern­ment tasked its key aides to ne­go­ti­ate with the lead­er­ship of the Karachi-based party. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar and Jamiat Ulema-e-Is­lam-Fazl chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman had been as­signed to re­solve the con­tro­versy and con­vince the MQM leg­is­la­tors to take back their res­ig­na­tions. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, who re­turned from his three-day of­fi­cial visit to Be­larus on Wed­nes­day, had dis­cussed the is­sue with Chaudhry Nisar at the Be­nazir Bhutto In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Is­lam­abad.

The JUI-F chief said that while lead­ers said mem­bers could not re­turn to Par­lia­ment once they sub­mit­ted their res­ig­na­tions to NA speaker and chair­man Se­nate, they also ar­gued the court could only in­ter­pret the law and it was the speaker's pre­rog­a­tive to ac­cept or re­ject the res­ig­na­tions. "I would con­sult le­gal ex­perts be­fore reach­ing out MQM leader Altaf Hus­sain and his party law­mak­ers," he said.

MQM's Fa­rooq Sat­tar wanted the Rangers op­er­a­tion in the city but that it shouldn't be spe­cific to the MQM, which showed pos­i­tive signs. "If their reser­va­tions are ad­dressed, the MQM may re­turn to Par­lia­ment." Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to Ex­press News, Fazl called Sat­tar urg­ing the party to re­turn to Par­lia­ment and play their con­sti­tu­tional role. The MQM leader has de­manded to con­sti­tute a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion and a com­mit­tee to probe the im­par­tial­ity of the sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tion in Karachi.

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