Pakistan

MQM pulls out of talks with government

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has called off its talks with the government over resignations, in an emergency press conference on early Thursday morning.

According to ARY News MQM leader Farooq Sattar announced the party’s decision to pullout of talks with the government, alleging that the government was non-serious about the dialogue. He demanded immediate acceptance of the resignations of MQM lawmakers from the parliament and Sindh Assembly.

MQM members had tendered resignations from National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly in August over alleged excesses of the security agencies against party workers in the operation in Karachi.

Sattar said the government’s nonserious attitude has pushed the party to pulling out of the dialogue process adding that dialogue is useless in existing situation.

He said if the government wants MQM to play its parliamentary role it has to address the reservations of the party on the operation in Karachi. He also demanded lifting of the ban on the political and welfare activities of the party.

Following the MQM resignations the government entrusted Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam–Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to hold talks with the party to convince it to withdraw its resignations.

Maulana Fazl convinced MQM talks and in a press conference in Islamabad announced that a grievances redressal committee would be formed to address the MQM’s reservations.

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