LAHORE - The leaders of two traditional political rivals MQM and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) met for the first time in their political history at Mansoora on Tuesday and agreed to continue bilateral interactions and consultative process in the future as well. It is first such meeting since the inception of MQM in March 18, 1984 as the leaders of the two parties decided to rise above their strong ideological and political differences. The high command of JI as an intelligent religio-political force has reciprocated the phone call of MQM chief Altaf Hussain for holding a meeting with the between the top brass of the two parties. However, the JI leadership has conditioned the invitation of visiting the rivals headquarters at Nine Zero with concrete measures on the part of Muttahida to bring peace in Karachi. And the MQM has assured the JI of playing their due role for the purpose as a coalition partner in Sindh and the federal governments. During the parley, both the parties were represented by three members each; Liaquat Baloch, Farid Ahmed Paracha and Ameer-ul-Azeem of the JI and Dr Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Iqbal Muhammad Ali of the MQM. Liaquat Baloch during a joint media briefing told the newsmen that his party had asked the MQM leadership to contribute in bringing peace in Karachi, end targeted killings and bringing to book the culprits of 12 Rabi-ul-Awal and May 12 culprits. He said they welcomed the MQM delegation at Mansoora, as his partys chief had reciprocated Altaf Hussains, saying their doors were opened for political dialogue. JI leader said his party leadership had discussed prevailing political situation especially the target killings in Karachi and the proposed RGST. Baloch said Muttahida had invited them to Nine Zero and he would forward the invitation to Munawar who would make a final decision on the issue, adding that the two parties had agreed to continue holding meetings in the future. Farooq Sattar said the time had come to formulate a joint approach by rising above the ideological and political differences to pull the country out of the existing crises. He said his party wanted greater reconciliation with all the political forces and meeting with JI leadership was part of the strategy. Stressing the need of mutual consultations with the political forces, which were currently out of the parliamentary politics, Farooq said the country was facing multi-faceted crisis and no single political force could not deal with the challenge alone. We are a part of one nation and society. There is problem that cannot be resolved through dialogue and we want to solve all the issues through talks, he asserted. He said there was at least one thing common between the MQM and the JI and that was opposition to the feudal system and supporting the middle and poor classes of the society. Replying to the JIs call for ensuring peace in the port city, he said the MQM had always played its role in this regard and it would not hesitate to relinquish power if the move helped in achieving the stated goal.