MQM lawmakers submit resignations in NA, Sindh Assembly

ISLAMABAD (neo Web Desk) MQM MNA’s have submitted their resignations to National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. MQM leader Farooq Sattar was the first MQM MNA to submit his resignation.Farooq Sattar while addressing the NA said, “We have decided to resign from the National Assembly, Senate and Sindh provincial assembly.”The NA Speaker sat at his desk, surrounded by MQM lawmakers who submitted their resignations one by one. Farooq Sattar sat opposite Ayaz Sadiq.Ayaz Sadiq verifyed the resignations of MNAs, but the decision to accept the resignations will take place after the arrival of PM Nawaz Sharif, said sources in the PML-N. The PML-N leadership is also in contact with PPP leadership, they added.8 MQM Senators have submitted their resignations to Chairman Senate.Senator Raza Rabbani refused to accept the resignations initially and asked the MQM lawmakers to submit the resignations in Senate Secretariatbut later on accepted them.The party’s MPAs have also submitted resignations to Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.The MQM on Wednesday planned to tender mass resignations from the provincial and national assemblies, as well as the Senate, citing reservations over the Rangers-led operation in Karachi.

MQM airs grievances

  • Farooq Sattar announces decision to resign from National Assembly, Senate and Sindh assembly.
  • Hundreds of party workers arrested by LEA’s have not been sent on judicial remand, a practice that was against Article 10, said Farooq Sattar.
  • He complained that the government has failed to set up a monitoring committee to check the performance of Rangers.
  • If state aggression is used to build a new political empire by suppressing the actual public mandate, it will create a violent backlash.
  • If Altaf Hussain speaks against institutions, everyone loses their minds. But when other leaders do so, no one takes notice.

Farooq Sattar, while addressing a press conference outside NA, said “it has been proved that the implementation of law is different for MQM than that for other parties”.”Even if the statements and speeches of Altaf Hussain are allegedly against the Constitution, it does not give any state institution the leverage to carry out illegal and unlawful acts against MQM and its leaderships,” he asserted.While addressing the National Assembly earlier today, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that many party workers over the past six months had been arrested by Rangers and other law enforcement agencies but had not been sent on judicial remand, a practice, he said, was against Article 10.The MQM leader said that there were hundreds of fake cases registered against the party chief and workers.”Take a 90-day remand as per the law if required. We have never protested against or objected to it,” he said.He demanded an “unbiased operation” in Karachi, saying that the government had failed to set up a monitoring committee to check the Rangers. “We have failed to get justice,” he said.Farooq Sattar said the government was involved in a media trial of the MQM and is trying to “create space for someone” in the upcoming Local Government elections.“A media trial against MQM is being facilitated by releasing stories and confessional statements to media. Who is giving all this stories to media? Under what law and on whose orders?” questioned the MQM lawmaker.“If someone uses state aggression and tries to build a new political empire by suppressing the actual mandate of the public, it will create a violent backlash,” Sattar said.He alleged that the government provides a safe exit to terrorists while the Rangers treat MQM workers like prisoners of war. He asked the speaker how the PPP, PML-N or Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf would react if the same happened to their party members.”We are the fourth largest party and we are being prevented from playing our role, we have been pushed against the wall,” he said.Sattar calls for  a judicial commission to be formed to investigate cases of missing citizens. “When we ask for justice, why is there a hindrance in providing us justice if this is a democracy with a representative government?”Karachi only receives 66 per cent revenue,” Sattar said. “We demand justice, and for the establishment of a judicial commission,” he said.”We have raised our concerns before the Sindh chief minister, the Sindh interior minister, the prime minister, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, but were never given a clear response,” the MQM leader told the NA.”We were told that all of this is a result of Altaf Hussain’s speeches from London,” he added, saying that the government’s ban on Altaf’s speeches was in violation of Article 19 of the constitution.He said that Khawaja Asif, Munawar Hassan, Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Maulana Abdul Aziz had also spoken about the armed forces in public.

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