‘Govt and MQM both ready to reconcile’
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.