ISLAMABAD -  Being elected in the name of Altaf Hussain, MQM legislators are in two minds about the legitimacy of their membership after parting ways with the party founder.

Farooq Sattar-led MQM-Pakistan has started losing confidence to sustain as elected members after Altaf Hussain’s repeated demand from them to take fresh mandate without taking his name.

The continuous threats to tender resignations from assemblies and recent exoneration of Altaf Hussain from money laundering in London have put these lawmakers in confusion for future course of action.

These lawmakers are keeping mum over current situation of the party (MQM). "We (legislators) have started arguing with Farooq Bhai about the current situation within party, as around half of them also suggested to concede to Altaf Hussain's recent demands," said a MQM-Pakistan member, desiring not to be named.

Farooq Sattar has so far chaired around dozens of meetings with lawmakers, who are still showing disloyalty with Altaf Hussain. “But a single statement was not given by any lawmaker of party due to fear of reunion with Altaf Bhai,” he said.

These lawmakers are not unanimous to tender apology from Altaf Hussai. “As some of legislators have also suggested continuing with same status as they could also be declared as disloyal with country same like Altaf Hussain,” he said, sharing detail of meetings held with Farooq Sattar.

The National Assembly, Senate and Sindh Assembly (with the endorsement of MQM) around a month before have adopted a resolution strongly condemning the inflammatory remarks of Altaf Hussain against the country. These resolutions denounced the anti-Pakistan slogans raised on August 22, at MQM’s hunger strike camp near press club.

Altaf Hussain, in a statement from MQM London office, has asked all the lawmakers of MQM to tender apology on their act and resign from assemblies.

Sources in MQM said lawmakers of the party would soon hold an important meeting at Farooq Sattar’s residence to chalk out future strategy.