Islamabad: Lawmakers from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) resigned from the Senate, National Assembly and Sindh Assemby today claiming of being victimized in the ongoing operation in Karachi.

The party's lawmakers met National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in his chamber where they individually submitted their resignations. According to latest reports, all MNAs of the MQM have completed the process of submitting their resignations.

Speaking to a private TV channel, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq confirmed that he had received the resignations and said he was forwarding them to the Election Commission of Pakistan. NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had earlier said that if the MQM legislators submitted their resignations to him he would accept them after he verified these individually.“When I asked them, the MQM members told me that they were tendering their resignations without any pressure,” said the NA Speaker.

Earlier, the MQM’s provincial legislators met Sindh Assembly Speaker Aga Siraj Durrani in his chamber where party's provincial leader Khwaja Izharul Hassan submitted resignations of the 51 lawmakers. The party’s senators also submitted their resignations to the Senate Secretariat.

The MQM has decided to step out of the legislative fold in light of reservations over the ongoing Karachi operation. The decision was taken during a meeting of the party’s elected representatives which was chaired by MQM chief Altaf Hussain via a telephone call from London.

Reports said that the party's lawmakers decided to resign after MQM chief Altaf Hussain expressed disappointment over the party’s failure to effectively raise the issue of the Karachi operation in the Parliament. According to our sources the decision was taken after the party meeting last night where the MQM chief expressed his disappointment.

MQM is of the view that their voice is not being heard on any government forum, therefore, the party is left with no other option but to resign from the national and provincial assemblies and Senate.