MQM, JUI-F withdraw motions seeking to de-seat PTI MNAs


ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday informed the Assembly that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has agreed to withdraw his party’s motion to de-seat the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).


The decision comes a day after the government said it had successfully managed to convince the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) to withdraw its resolution.

Ayaz Sadiq said the MQM chief made the decision to withdraw the motion during a telephonic conversation the previous night. “I spoke to Altaf Hussain, not happily, but to talk to him about not issuing statements against the armed forces,” he said.

The NA Speaker said, “Altaf Hussain told me that the army and armed forces are brothers … I also spoke to him about the matter of de-seating PTI MNAs. He said he would consult his colleagues … Later in the night, Altaf Hussain called me and I am happy to announce that the MQM has agreed to take back its de-seating motion in the greater national interest.”

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman yesterday said his party had decided to withdraw the motion at the request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But he added that a new motion would be moved in the assembly soon.

Without divulging the text of the new motion, the JUI-F chief said he would ask the speaker to call a meeting of leaders of all parliamentary parties for a consensus on his proposed new motion.

“If all the parties agree, we will accept the prime minister’s request and withdraw our earlier motion,” he said.

The NA unanimously approved a new resolution to uphold the supremacy of parliament.