MQM calls off talks, says resignation decision final


KARACHI– Disgruntled Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) late Friday night announced that its decision regarding party parliamentarians’ resignations is final now and stated that no more negotiations will be held in this regard.

The decision was announced in a press release following an emergency joint meeting of MQM’s Coordination Committees in London and Karachi.

“Every MQM member in Senate, National Assembly and Sindh Assembly should be seen as having resigned,” the party stated.

The MQM termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s behavior during his recent visit to Karachi as “arrogant and threatening.”

They said that the Prime Minister did not even value JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman s role, nor did he visit critically injured MNA Rashid Godil.

Last week, MQM’s 24 MPs in the lower house of parliament, eight senators in the upper house, as well as 51 members in the Sindh Assembly tendered their resignations in protest against alleged victimisation of party workers.

The government then appointed Maulana Fazlur Rehman to convince MQM lawmakers to return to assemblies and vowed to address their concerns but clarified that there will be no compromise on ongoing targeted operation in the metropolis.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman met with MQM leaders at Nine-Zero this week but the meeting was postponed after MNA Rashid Godil was critically injured in a gun attack. The two sides then agreed to continue second phase of talks within next few days in Islamabad.



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