MQM agrees to take back resignations from parliament

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) agreed on Friday to take back their resignations from Parliament and Sindh Assembly.


“The decision to take back resignations comes following the government’s decision to form a grievance committee to address the party’s grievances,” MQM leader Farooq Sattar said.

Senior party leaders, including Sattar, met with federal ministers Pervaiz Rashid and Ishaq Dar at the Punjab House in Islamabad.

“Both the sides have agreed on a memorandum of understanding,” Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said, while addressing the media after the meeting.

“A five member review committee will be formed in a week to resolve the issue,” he added.

On August 12, the MQM resigned from Parliament and the Sindh Assembly, citing what it called victimisation in the ongoing targeted operation. Presenting 19 reasons for the resignations, the party demanded formation of a monitoring committee, release of innocent workers and investigation by a judicial commission into extrajudicial killings of its activists.

Last month, Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani deferred his ruling on the status of MQM resignations. Sen Rabbani said that he was still in the process of jotting down the points of the ruling. However, he promised to present the final verdict on the first day of the next Senate session – which is expected to take place in the first week of October.