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August 12, 2015
 
KARACHI: Another major resignation crisis is in the making as the members of the Parliament hailing from Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) have decided an extreme step to resign en masse from the assemblies, SAMAA reported on Wednesday. MQM’s Coordination Committee reached this decision in its simultaneous meetings in London and Karachi. The party chief Altaf...


KARACHI: Another major resignation crisis is in the making as the members of the Parliament hailing from Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) have decided an extreme step to resign en masse from the assemblies, SAMAA reported on Wednesday.


MQM’s Coordination Committee reached this decision in its simultaneous meetings in London and Karachi. The party chief Altaf Hussain also gave a go-ahead for this decision regarding the resignation move today.


The MQM members have readied their resignations. The handwritten resignations are duly signed by the respective lawmakers.


The party’s parliamentary leader in National Assembly has already received resignation letters from all the members. Earlier, the MQM’s MNAs continued their brainstorming session through the night for an usually prolonged span of three to four hours at the Parliament Lodges.


The sources said the MQM’s lawmakers are poised to tender their resignations in today’s Lower House session in protest against the ongoing Karachi operation, which MQM believes, was initiated to exclusively victimize the party.


After receiving approval from the party’s London-based founder Altaf Hussain, the resignations will be submitted to NA speaker today.


SAMAA also has received some copies of these letters including the ones from Syed Waseem Hussain, Sheikh Salahud Din, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Muzammil Qureshi.


It should be mentioned here that MQM is a large party that has 51 seats in Sindh’s provincial assembly and 24 in the National Assembly. The Parliament will face another critical situation if the MQM quits the assemblies.


MQM Grievances 
The MQM protested Karachi’s targeted operation at every forum including the Parliament; but, according to the MQM, its voice was not heeded.


According to the MQM sources, not a single sector or a unit has been left allowed to work. The party sources said the workers are collared as soon as they arrive at the party offices. Later on, their bodies are found dumped somewhere around the city, the MQM sources complained.


The party’s central decision-making body complained that the party was not permitted to collect donations during the holy month of Ramazan. The party’s welfare activities under the auspices of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF) were adversely hampered.


The party sources bewailed that a large number of not only MQM workers but also its leaders is in custody of security agencies.


Rabita Committee voiced its grievances saying, “Why was Qamar Mansoor arrested from Nine Zero? What was his guilt?”


The MQM sources said the party has tapped into all possible options; now it has been left with no other alternative but to step out of the Parliament.


Minus-Altaf Formula Is Unacceptable, Says MQM
The party’s sources expressed extreme reservations against the minus-Altaf formula and said the party will never accept anybody to take place of Altaf Hussain. The party's sources said they condemned all such efforts being made at different levels to show door to Altaf.


MQM Will Not Tender Resignations, Say Analysts
Some analysts said in their twitter posts that these are pressure tactics by the MQM to set right its affairs lying in disarray since long; but, no resignations will be tendered today.


However, the voices from MQM circles emanate signals that the party is quite serious this time round.


As regards MQM’s members of Sindh Assembly, majority of them is not present in the city owing to either their private reasons or ongoing Karachi operation. –SAMAA

 
 
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