MQM in National Assembly after 84 Days Absence
ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Lawmakers will return to National Assembly on Friday after 84 days absentia due resignations.
All 24 MQM members of the National Assembly had resigned on August 12 in protest against the alleged victimisation, extra-judicial killings and disappearances of their party workers in the Karachi operation. The house was prorogued sine die the following day and will be meeting on Friday for the first time since then.
On Thursday, a delegation of MQM MNAs submitted applications for the withdrawal of resignations with acting National Assembly Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, three days after the MQM’s return to the Senate.
Soon after their resignations, the PM, on Oct 17, assigned Maulana Fazlur Rehman the task of reconciling with the MQM and bringing them back to parliament which bore fruit and the MQM agreed to hold direct talks with the government.
Though the party appeared to be offended by the stance taken by a law officer before the Supreme Court during the hearing of a case related to the ban on covering speeches by MQM chief Altaf Hussain, things appear to have normalised now.
“We are satisfied with the finance minister’s assurance that whatever has been agreed during closed-door meetings will be implemented in letter and spirit,” MQM spokesperson Aminul Haq told Dawn.
The MQM is the fourth largest party in the 342-seat National Assembly with 24 MNAs, third largest in the 104-seat Senate with eight members and the second largest in the 168-seat Sindh Assembly with 51 members.
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