MQM agrees to review resignations decision: Fazlur Rehman


ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Ismal – F (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Monday announced that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had agreed to review its decision to resign from Parliament after Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif said he will form a committee to address their grievances.


Fazl said an MQM delegation had detailed its grievances in talks with the government, adding that the premier heard all their reservations and assured the party they will be dealt with swiftly.

In this regard, Fazl announced the premier had ordered the formation of a grievances redressal committee tomorrow (Tuesday).

The JUI-F chief said the MQM welcomed the prime minister’s initiative, agreeing to reconsider its decision to resign from the National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly.

The committee, he said, will be mandated to record in detail the grievances presented by the MQM and will find ways in which these can be dealt with.

The Maulana said all further modalities will be finalised at the time of constitution of the committee, which will include lawmakers from the government and other political parties.

Responding to a question, Fazl said a time frame for the committee to finalise its conclusions will also be decided when the committee is constituted.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar, talking to reporters on the occasion, said his party presented a 19-point agenda during talks, highlighting all the different ways MQM was being discriminated against in Karachi.

Sattar said the issue of illegal detention and extrajudicial killing of MQM workers, banning Altaf Hussain’s speeches on air, and MQM’s media trial were among the salient points raised by his party.

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the occasion said the PML-N government had patiently worked for political consensus in the country, citing the government’s role in urging the JUI-F and the MQM to abandon deseating motions against the PTI.

Dar said the government wanted to ensure political stability in the country, which was a pre-requisite for economic stability. He emphasised that the Karachi operation would continue targeting criminal and militant elements, adding that MQM’s concerns will be addressed by the grievances redressal committee.