MQM agrees to withdraw resignations

Source:  Samaa Published in Politics on Friday, October 9, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has agreed to withdraw resignations tendered by its lawmakers from the Senate, the National Assembly and The Sindh Assembly, Samaa learnt on Friday.

Sources said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Farooq Sattar met in Islamabad where the MQM agreed to withdraw the resignations and both the leaders are likely to address a press conference shortly.

The MQM lawmakers resigned from both houses of the parliament and the Sindh Assembly August this year, claiming that its workers were being politically victimized in the garb of on-going operation against criminal elements in Karachi.

Earlier, the federal government had asked Jamiat-e-Ulmai-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to bring the MQM back to the parliament. The maulana, however, couldn’t succeed in his efforts.

The MQM has been expressing serious reservations over the Karachi operation that intensified after Pakistan adopted a strict approach to quell militancy following a deadly militant assault on a Peshawar school that killed almost 150 people most of them children on December 17 last year.

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