ISLAMABAD - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday contacted MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain on telephone and requested him for withdrawal of the motion against de-seating of PTI MNAs. However, the latter has sought some time for consultation with his party leaders before coming up with a formal reply.

The National Assembly voting on MQM and JUI-F motions seeking de-seating of PTI MNAs was fixed for today, however, the NA Speaker opted to again defer it in the hope of a positive response from Altaf.

Sources in the Parliament informed that earlier PPP had asked the ruling PML-N to contact Altaf for withdrawal of the motion but the party’s senior members rejected it on the ground that after Altaf’s alleged hate-speech against Army and the government’s decision to take punitive legal action against him it would not be appropriate to approach him.

PPP took the idea to the Speaker who agreed to contact Altaf and later in the evening he rang him up and extended the request for the greater good and smooth sailing of the democratic order.

Altaf, in the telephonic conversation, said that his party always stood for the supremacy of constitution, parliamentary democracy and rule of law in the country. He, however, sought some time for consultation with the party leadership.

On the other hand JUI-F chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman was stick to his gun on the issue and insisted that they should be satisfied on the issue in the light of the constitution, as according to him, after tendering their resignations PTI MNAs were no more member of the National Assembly.

Sources in PML-N informed The Nation that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after consulting the party leaders has made up his mind to opt for the option of opposing the JUI-F and MQM motions seeking de-seating of PTI MPs and would no more beg to both these parties for withdrawal of these motions.

Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has also announced the party policy in his address on the floor of National Assembly which was duly endorsed by the Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah. So the chances of putting these motions to vote on Thursday are imminent.