Altaf hints at withdrawing resignations

KARACHI: Following the resignations of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers from parliament, party chief Altaf Hussain said that the MQM Rabita (Co-ordination) Committee will decide the further course of action regarding participation in by-polls to be held on vacant seats. “We will take back our resignations if our reservations and concerns are addressed,” the MQM chief said.

In an interview with a private television channel, the MQM chief said he had been leading the party for 37 years and “it is normal for people to come and leave parties.” Altaf Hussain said that many of his party workers were missing, adding that he has no links with any criminal syndicate. He said that allegations regarding the NATO equipment and weapons seized from Nine-Zero, headquarters of MQM, are false.

Reiterating his stance as a ‘patriot’, Altaf Hussain said that his party will celebrate the Independence Day with full zeal and fervour. “If the Rangers conduct the Karachi operation honestly without any bias then it will gradually heal our wounds,” he said, adding, “I will also take care myself to protect the dignity of institutions.” He added a decision over whether the party should participate in the upcoming by-elections will be taken by him after analysing the Establishment’s attitude. “The Rabita Committee will opt for the majority’s decision,” said Altaf.

Source: Business Recorder