‘Govt and MQM both ready to rec­on­cile’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman called on Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif at Prime Min­is­ter House on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing which the Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam-F (JUI-F) chief said that the gov­ern­ment and Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM), both were ready to rec­on­cile.

Fazl ap­prised the premier re­gard­ing the progress on his talks with MQM's dis­grun­tled lead­ers who had si­mul­ta­ne­ously sub­mit­ted their res­ig­na­tions in the Na­tional Assem­bly, Se­nate and the Sindh Assem­bly last week, cit­ing reser­va­tions over the Ranger­sled op­er­a­tion in Karachi.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif had re­quested the JUI-F head to hold talks with the MQM lead­er­ship in an at­tempt to con­vince them to with­draw their res­ig­na­tions.

Fazl vis­ited the 'Nine Zero' head­quar­ters of the MQM on Tues­day to per­suade the party to with­draw res­ig­na­tions of its leg­is­la­tors, but the mis­sion re­mained in­con­clu­sive in the wake of an at­tempt on the life of Mut­tahida MNA Rashid Godil.

The two sides agreed to put the talks on hold for a while and start the process again in a cou­ple of days in Is­lam­abad. The JUI-F chief in­formed PM Nawaz about reser­va­tions of the MQM.

Speak­ing to media af­ter his meet­ing with the premier, Fazl said most of MQM's reser­va­tions were re­lated to the Karachi op­er­a­tion. MQM is not against op­er­a­tion, how­ever, the is­sue is about tar­get­ing just one po­lit­i­cal party, he said.

The JUI-F chief said the Prime Min­is­ter dur­ing the meet­ing stressed on ad­dress­ing the reser­va­tions of MQM and that he hoped the is­sue of MQM lead­ers' res­ig­na­tions would be solved soon.

PM Nawaz ap­pre­ci­ated the role of Maulana Fazl in cre­at­ing po­lit­i­cal har­mony, said a re­port pub­lished on the Ra­dio Pak­istan web­site.

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