by Ali Hussain
ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday agreed to withdraw the resignations of its Senators, members National Assembly and Sindh Assembly after getting an assurance from the government in relation to its grievances.
This was announced during a news conference by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar along with MQM’s leader Dr Farooq Sattar and other senior leaders from both sides.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between MQM and the government under which a five-member Grievance Redressal Committee will be set up to look into grievances of MQM.
Dar said that the committee would be notified within five working days and it would dispose of complaints in 90 days and present its report to the federal government. He said that the names of the committee members will be announced after consultations with MQM, and a notification in this regard will be issued once a consensus is reached on all issues.
He also described the understanding between the government and the MQM a good omen for supremacy of the parliament and the constitution. He said the PML-N government believes in national reconciliation for the sake of political stability, which is a must for economic stability.
He said that Pakistan needs a national charter of economy, aimed at taking all the political parties along for the political stability as well as the economic stability of the country.
Dar said that MQM has been playing a crucial role in nation-building which cannot be denied, adding that the government wants the party to continue its role in the parliament.
He also thanked Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for his role in bringing MQM to the dialogue table. Dar also thanked MQM leadership for its co-operation during the dialogue with the government.
About the Karachi operation, he said that MQM has never opposed the operation rather it was launched with the consent of MQM, adding the operation has been launched for cleansing the city from criminal mafias. He further said that civil and military leadership were on the same page on an issue of national import.
To a question, he said the dialogue held only on one-point agenda about MQM’s resignations and there was no such plan that MQM would also join the government after withdrawing its resignations.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Farooq Sattar said that MQM’s members would start taking back their resignations from Monday. He said the government had shown political maturity during talks.
He said that they support the Karachi operation for the sake of durable peace in the city. But at the same time, he said the party also felt that the authority was misused, that there were human rights violations as well as extra-judicial killings during the operation. “These were our 19-point grievances due to which we resigned from the Parliament and the Sindh assembly in protest…Now as committee will be constituted and we are going to take our resignations back from next week,” Sattar said, adding, the committee was a good initiative which will work on MQM’s concerns in 90 days.
He further said that MQM will also continue to hold talks with the government on the issues like ban on the party’s chief Altaf Hussain’s live speeches and the restrictions on welfare works.
Sattar also appreciated the recent ruling by chairman Senate Raza Rabbani regarding MQM’s resignations. Earlier, on August 12, the MQM members had resigned from National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly against the alleged victimisation of the party workers during the ongoing Karachi operation.
Source: Business Recorder