MQM agrees to meet PML-N over res­ig­na­tions' is­sue

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) has agreed to hold meet­ing with Pak­istan Mus­lim League (PML-N) lead­ers to dis­cuss party res­ig­na­tions and its re­turn to the Par­lia­ment.

Sources close to JUI-F chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman, who is me­di­at­ing be­tween the MQM and the gov­ern­ment, said the meet­ing is ex­pected to take place in the next two or three days. The JUI-F chief is co­or­di­nat­ing with gov­ern­ment in this re­gard and will in­form the MQM af­ter de­cid­ing a meet­ing date with PML-N lead­ers, sources added. More­over, a meet­ing of the MQM co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee will be held in Lon­don to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

MQM law­mak­ers had si­mul­ta­ne­ously sub­mit­ted their res­ig­na­tions in the Na­tional Assem­bly, Se­nate and the Sindh Assem­bly on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 12, 2015 due to reser­va­tions over the Rangers-led op­er­a­tion in Karachi. The MQM leg­is­la­tors had ac­cused the law en­force­ment agen­cies of dis­crim­i­na­tory ac­tion against MQM, forced dis­ap­pear­ances and ex­tra ju­di­cial killings.

The prime min­is­ter had then re­quested the JUI-F head to hold talks with the MQM lead­er­ship in an at­tempt to con­vince them to with­draw their res­ig­na­tions.

Maulana vis­ited the MQM head­quar­ters ear­lier this week but the mis­sion re­mained in­con­clu­sive in the wake of an at­tempt on the life of Mut­tahida MNA Rashid Godil. How­ever the two sides had agreed to put the talks on hold for a while and start the process again in a cou­ple of days in Is­lam­abad. But be­fore the next round of talks could be­gin, MQM in a state­ment said its mem­bers' res­ig­na­tions from all three leg­isla­tive floors were fi­nal, adding that it would not par­take in di­a­logue over the mat­ter any­more.

Ear­lier, Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Ah­san Iqbal de­fended Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif's de­ci­sion to not visit the Li­aquat Na­tional Hos­pi­tal to in­quire af­ter the health of Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment law­maker Rashid Godil, say­ing he did not want to cause trou­ble for pa­tients and visi­tors at the health fa­cil­ity.

While shut­ting the door of ne­go­ti­a­tions with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on the is­sue of its law­mak­ers' res­ig­na­tions from par­lia­ment and the Sindh Assem­bly, the MQM had late on Fri­day night also crit­i­cised the PM for not vis­it­ing the wounded MNA dur­ing his re­cent visit to Karachi.

Mr Iqbal vis­ited the LNH to in­quire af­ter Mr Godil's health. He told re­porters that he vis­ited Mr Godil on be­half of PM Sharif as the premier did not want to put thou­sands of pa­tients and visi­tors in trou­ble in the hos­pi­tal by vis­it­ing it with the manda­tory pro­to­col.

"We are ready to talk on all the is­sues," he said, adding that the prime min­is­ter's at­ti­tude to­wards the MQM was not hos­tile as had been re­ported in a sec­tion of the media and asked the MQM to re­view its de­ci­sion of re­sign­ing from the leg­is­la­tures. Re­it­er­at­ing that the op­er­a­tion in Karachi was not against any po­lit­i­cal party, Mr Iqbal said his gov­ern­ment was keen to see the MQM rep­re­sent its con­stituents as the PML-N had de­sired for the Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf on the same is­sue. Spe­cial as­sis­tant to the chief min­is­ter of Sindh for cul­ture and tourism Sharmila Faruqui also vis­ited the MNA.

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