ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movment leader Farooq Sattar is speaking on the floor of the National Assembly and is putting forward his party’s stance on the ongoing operation in Karachi.
Farooq Sattar says MQM is being politically victimized in the Karachi operation and is being pushed against the wall.
He adds there is a conspiracy against the MQM and the party’s arrested workers are not being presented in court.
Farooq Sattar told the National Assembly that over 40 workers of the party had been killed extra-judicially.
According to the MQM leader houses of party workers were being raided in Karachi.
Sattar further says a ban has been enforced on social and charitable activities of the party while television channels have been instructed against live broadcast of MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s speeches.
Earlier, MQM lawmakers arrived at Parliament to submit their resignations. The MQM has decided to step out of the legislative fold in light of reservations over the ongoing Karachi operation. The decision was taken during a meeting of the party’s elected representatives which was chaired by MQM chief Altaf Hussain via telephone from London.
Sources in the MQM told Geo News that the party’s lawmakers decided to submit their resignations after MQM chief Altaf Hussain expressed disappointment over their failure to effectively raise the issue of the Karachi operation in Parliament.
The sources said that the decision was taken after the party meeting last night where the MQM chief expressed his disappointment.
Meanwhile, MQM MPAs in the Sindh Assembly have submitted their resignations. According to MQM leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan, 51 party MPAs tendered their resignations which were hand written.