PESHAWAR, 13 August: The federal government has decided not to accept the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers’ resignations from the National Assembly, Sindh Assembly and Senate and find a political solution of the issue.

Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the parliamentary leaders headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Thursday. The parliamentary leaders said during the meeting that resignations of the MQM should not be accepted immediately and the government should find political solution to the problem like it did in the case of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers’ resignations. The PTI leaders were not invited to the meeting.

Sources said the prime minister gave the task of contacting and persuading the MQM chief Altaf Hussain on taking back the resignations to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

The meeting also decided that no party from Karachi will be separated from the national mainstream and their mandate will be respected.

The MQM lawmakers from the Senate and National and Sindh assemblies tendered resignations on Wednesday over the ongoing operation in Karachi. The MQM alleges that it had been targeted during the operation and the government was not holding investigations into the operation despite several complaints.

Altaf Hussain told a private news channel on Wednesday that the MQM will take back its resignations if the federal government removed its reservations over the ongoing operation in Karachi.


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