MQM parliamentarians to resign from their seats


KARACHI: With the complaint that no one was listening to their genuine grievances, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) decided on Wednesday that it’s parliamentarians will resign from their seats to protest the ongoing Karachi security operation.


The decision was taken during a marathon meeting of the Rabita Committee held simultaneously in Karachi and London late on Tuesday evening and lasting into the early hours of Wednesday.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain, while endorsing the Rabita Committee’s decision, complained that no one was willing to listen to their genuine grievances.

According to sources, MQM parliamentarians in the Sindh Assembly, National Assembly and the Senate will submit their resignations later on Wednesday.

The MQM has 51 members in the Sindh assembly, 24 members (four reserve seat and one minority seat) in the National Assembly and eight Senators.

If MQM resigns, and if those resignations are subsequently accepted, it would see by-elections on almost all the provincial and national assembly seats in Karachi.