ISLAMABAD - After the alleged dissociation from Altaf Hussain, MQM in Pakistan may give more breathing space to its lawmakers as they will be allowed to express their views openly and won’t face the strictness earlier imposed by Altaf Hussain. 

MQM-Pakistan led by Farooq Sattar may not impose strict rules for party lawmakers as it was practised in past, background discussions with MQM members left this impression yesterday.

“Altaf Hussain’s orders were followed as per his directions without any arguments,” said a senior party leader while desiring not to be named.

Sources said the MQM-Pakistan leadership after facing a lot of pressure from government and opposition parties has decided to adopt a bit flexible approach.

The sources said the party members in recent party meetings in Karachi had openly expressed their views for making party’s future strategy.

The idea to submit the resolution prepared by MQM against its own party founder (Altaf Hussian) was also thoroughly debated in the party meeting. All MQM lawmakers had agreed with Farooq Sattar to submit a resolution to condemn Altaf Hussain’s remarks.

It is relevant to mention here that the party members for the first time in MQM history have openly condemned the controversial comments of Altaf Hussain.

Farooq Sattar, after the resolution passed in the house on the floor of the house, also announced disassociation with Altaf Hussian.

This party’s lawmakers had in the past never tolerated a single remark against their party’s chief. The National Assembly and Sindh Assembly on the several occasions witnessed verbal brawls of MQM’s lawmakers with other party members after any remark against MQM’s founder.

Now some MQM lawmakers have even supported the demand to initiate immediate action against the MQM founder. However, Farooq Sattar had commented that the accused should be allowed to clarify his stance under law and constitution.

When contacted, a senior party member said that the party might stay away from parliamentary committees for some time. “The party has already distanced itself from the ToRs committee, and now it will fully participate in committees meetings after Eid,” he said.

On the other hand, lawmakers from all the parties are set to criticise Altaf Hussian’s recent incendiary remarks sharply.

Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah, PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PPP’s Naveed Qamar and PkMAP chief Mehmood Achazai would speak on the statements of Altaf Hussain in the upcoming sitting of National Assembly on coming Monday.

Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch, in the National Assembly proceedings, had openly commented that Altaf Hussian has on many occasions uttered such kind of remarks.