ISLAMABAD: Days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had left Karachi for the federal capital without meeting with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders during his day-long visit, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday sought appointment for a meeting between the two sides.
Sources told that the JUI-F, who has been tasked by the PML-N government to woo MQM leadership to withdraw resignations of their lawmakers, held a telephonic conversation with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar today.
He apprised Dar about his recent telephonic conversation with MQM chief Altaf Hussain over the matter. Maulana Fazl also sought the PM’s first available time-slot to hold a meeting with MQM delegation.
Ishaq Dar assured the JUI-F chief that the government was ready to remove all ‘legitimate reservations’ of MQM.
Maulana Fazl had assured the MQM leadership of a meeting with the premier to resolve the issue when he visited Karachi last week on the same day when MQM’s Rashid Godil was attacked in the city.
MQM leadership is of the opinion that the government did not value the role of Maulana Fazl as mediator and therefore, the latter need not bother any more about making further efforts in this regard.
The party also regretted that Prime Minister Sharif did not take time out to visit Godil, who suffered multiple bullet wounds after coming under an armed attack last week.