Government opposes approval of MQM resignations: sources

ISLAMABAD (Neo News Desk): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (Thursday) chaired an emergency meeting of the parliamentary leaders in Islamabad to discuss the issue of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers’ resignations.

According to sources, the government has decided not to immediately approve the resignations and National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will keep the matter pending.

During meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted that resignations of the MQM MPs should not be approved.

The MQM will also be treated like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the government representatives will address reservations of the protesting party to convince them to return to the Parliament, sources told.

All the parliamentary leaders also expressed satisfaction on Karachi operation and decided to continue targeted action in the city.

On Wednesday, MQM’s 24 MPs in the lower house of parliament, eight senators in the upper house, as well as 51 members in the Sindh Assembly tendered their resignations in protest against ongoing targeted operation in Karachi and alleged extra-judicial killings of their party workers.

Talking to media after the meeting, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the country could face political crisis due to these resignations.

He said that parliamentarians cannot withdraw their resignations once they are submitted to the NA Speaker, however, his party will only cooperate on the matter after consultation with legal experts.

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