PESHAWAR, 3 September: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday pulled out of talks with the government and demanded acceptance of resignations of the party’s lawmakers.
The MQM leaders made this announcement at a press conference in Islamabad in the morning. Farooq Sattar, head of the government negotiations team, also presented three demands including lifting of undeclared ban on welfare activities, opening of MQM offices and lifting of undeclared ban on the party chief Altaf Hussain’s statements on the electronic media.
Mr Sattar said talks were useless in face of ‘non-serious attitude’ of the government. He said 20 days have passed since the MQM lawmakers tendered their resignations, but the government has not formed any committee for redressing their grievances. He alleged that the MQM was being pushed against the wall in guise of Karachi operation. He said the MQM chief’s statements have been banned from going on air which is unconstitutional.
The MQM senators and members of the National Assembly and Sindh Assembly tendered resignations on 12 August over reservations on operation against criminals in Karachi.