ISLAMABAD - The MQM yesterday decided to take back their resignations from the parliament , after staying away from parliamentary politics for almost two months.
The fourth largest political party took this decision following the government’s nod to form a five-member ‘Grievance Redressal Committee’ in a week to address their issues.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers on August 12 had submitted en masse resignations in National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly presenting 19 reasons before the government.
“MQM will start taking back its resignations from Monday,” said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, after successful talks with MQM at Punjab House. Both the sides also agreed on an MoU, he added.
MQM members Dr Farooq Sattar, Kanwar Naveed and Tahir Mashahadi met government members Ishaq Dar, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, State Minister Anusha Rehman and adviser to PM Zafarullah Khan.
MQM is a political party, Dar said, which has its political role in Sindh. “Rest of the matters with MQM would also be resolved,” he said, denying the possibility of MQM’s entry in the federal government.
“This is mere a rumour and it also no mention in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” said the minister when asked about it.
MQM’s parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar also said that MQM has decided to take back resignations following the govt’s nod to form a grievance redressal committee.
MQM , a couple of weeks before, called off talks with government saying that government was not serious in resolving their issues.
The Urban Sindh based party, a few days before Eidul Azha, had put forth demands including lifting of undeclared ban on ‘welfare’ activities (collecting hides during Eid) and media ban on Altaf Hussain. These demands were not accepted by the government.
The MQM and the government had earlier held three rounds of talks to resolve the issue of resignations but it remained inconclusive. Even, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman made an attempt to woo MQM but failed. MQM had submitted en masse resignations blaming the central government of pushing them against the wall and imposing unannounced restrictions on political, democratic and social activities of the party.
The party holds total 53 seats in parliament including Senate. Out of 24 MQM MNAs, 23 MQM MNAs after registering their protest in house met with Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in his chamber and individually submitted their resignations.
These resignations of all MNAs of the MQM were verified by the former Speaker Ayaz Sadiq but he kept on delaying their formal acceptance.
Likewise, eight MQM senators, three females, also submitted their resignations to Chairman Raza Rabbani but no decision was given on their resignation from the 104-member Upper House of the Parliament .
The National Assembly has a total strength of 342 seats, which means that over seven percent of the total NA seats was to be affected by the resignations. Likewise, The Sindh Assembly has a total of 130 seats, which means 39 percent of the total Sindh Assembly seats would have fallen vacant if resignations were accepted.
Talking to The Nation, PPP senior leader Syed Khursheed Shah said MQM should play its parliamentary role. “PPP has time and again asked parties to play their parliamentary role... We (PPP) were also not in favour of PTI resignations,” said Shah, who is also Opposition Leader in National Assembly.