MQM Reconciliation Meeting with PM Expected Today
ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called for a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to resolve their differences.
JUI-F’s spokesman Jan Achakzai said that the Maulana had called Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday, urging him to arrange such a meeting in Islamabad.
He said Mr Dar had assured the Maulana that he would discuss the matter with the prime minister and arrange the meeting on Monday.
Jan Achakzai said the JUI-F chief had called MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday night and requested him to direct the party’s Rabita Committee to hold talks with the government. Mr Hussain told the JUI-F chief that he would reply after consultations with leaders of his party.
According to the JUI-F spokesman, after the telephonic conversation the MQM started consultations and later informed the Maulana that it would send a delegation to Islamabad on Monday.
The MQM parliamentarians and members of the Sindh Assembly had on Aug 12 submitted their resignations against what they called their party being discriminated against in the Rangers-led operation in Karachi.
On Friday, the party alleged that Prime Minister Sharif had “sabotaged” JUI-F chief’s efforts to address its grievances and asked the government to accept the resignation of its lawmakers.
Mr Sharif had adopted an “intimidating” tone during a meeting in Karachi and “did not utter a single sentence about the MQM’s complaints,” the party said in a statement.
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