ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday submitted an application to the National Assembly for the withdrawal of their resignations.
A delegation of the party lawmakers met with the acting speaker and submitted the application. “MQM lawmakers have submitted an application for withdrawal of their resignations,” said a spokesperson for the Parliament House.
The spokesperson said that senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat have also received the application submitted by the MQM lawmakers.
At least 22 out of 24 MQM MNAs filed the applications. MQM’s Sajid Ahmed and Sheikh Salahuddin called on the additional secretary National Assembly and filed applications of 22 MNAs, while the remaining two MNAs – Khalid Maqbool and Asif Hasnain – could not file applications for being out of country.
Ahmed said MQM legislators would attend Friday’s National Assembly session. Earlier in October, MQM had announced their decision to withdraw their resignations and rejoin the national and provincial assemblies and the Senate.
The party’s decision was announced by MQM leader Farooq Sattar in a joint press conference with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between MQM and the government following a successful dialogue process between the two sides.
In September, MQM in an emergency press conference had announced its decision to withdraw from talks with the government once again, alleging that the government was not serious about the dialogue process.
The party had simultaneously resigned from the National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly in August this year over what it said ‘excesses’ committed by security forces against its workers and members during the Rangers-led operation in Karachi.
Following the party’s resignation from the three legislative floors, the government was reluctant in accepting the resignations and tasked JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to hold talks with MQM in an attempt to persuade the party to withdraw its resignations.
But talks broke down abruptly almost immediately after they began when an assassination attempt was made in Karachi on MQM MNA Rashid Godil, whose driver was killed in the gun attack. The attack had happened as Maulana was holding talks with an MQM delegation at Nine Zero in Karachi. But the government, through Maulana Fazl, was able to reach breakthrough yet again, convincing MQM to come back to negotiations. In a joint press conference with federal minister Ishaq Dar and an MQM delegation led by Farooq Sattar, Fazl announced that a grievances redressal committee would be formed to address all of MQM’s reservations.