ISLAMABAD: The political drama over the de-seating of PTI MNAs  that had stretched for over several months ended on today as the  Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq informed the House that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has agreed to withdraw his party's motion . The decision has come a day after the government said it had successfully managed to convince the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) to withdraw its resolution aswell.

Salman Khan Baloch moved the withdrawal motion on behalf of the MQM, while Naeema Kishwar Khan moved the same on behalf of the JUI-F.

The National Assembly also unanimously approved a new resolution to uphold the supremacy of parliament.

Ayaz Sadiq said the MQM chief made the decision to withdraw the motion during a telephonic conversation last night. "I spoke to Altaf Hussain, not happily, but to talk to him about not issuing statements against the armed forces," he said.

The NA Speaker said, "Altaf Hussain told me that the army and armed forces are brothers to him and his party.” Sadiq also spoke to Altaf Hussain about the matter of de-seating PTI MNAs to which Altaf Hussain said he would consult his colleagues. Later in the night, Altaf Hussain contacted Ayaz Sadiq. Ayaz Sadiq said today, “I am happy to announce that the MQM has agreed to take back its de-seating motion in the greater national interest." He said that the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had also withdrawn his party's motion.

For upholding the wishes of the JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the National Assembly also passed a resolution unanimously pledging that the House will not allow any harm to the supremacy of the constitution, sovereignty of the Parliament and the Islamic identity of the country. This resolution was passed because JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had agreed to withdraw his motion about de-seating of PTI members only if a new resolution in its place was passed protecting the sanctity of democracy.

The resolution highlighted the need for all the political parties to respect the stature of the House.  It stated that the House is the symbol of protection of the federation, defense of the country, security and unity. The urged all Pakistanis to defend and respect the sanctity of the House. The resolution also paid tribute to those political parties, members of the Parliament, national media and the people of Pakistan who played their duel role for the sanctity of the Constitution, democracy and the Parliament in the hour of trial.