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MQM announces to withdraw resignations from assemblies

ISLAMABAD, Oct 09 (DNA): The government has finally succeeded inconvincing disgruntled Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) to withdraw itsresignations from assemblies.The announcement to this effect was made during a joint pressconference by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and MQM leader Farooq Sattar.Dar announced formation of grievances redressal committee to address concerns of the MQM. As per announcement the MQM will withdraw
resignations of its lawmakers from both houses of the parliament and
the Sindh Assembly after reaching an agreement with the government.

Earlier, both the leader met in Islamabad to discuss the lingering
issue of resignations.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between MQM and the
government following a successful dialogue process between the two

Addressing a press conference on Friday after a meeting, the Finance
Ishaq Dar and MQM leader Farooq Sattar said under the agreement a
five-member committee would be formed to come up with a solution to
address the “alleged complaints and grievances” of Muttahida.

“We will start withdrawing resignations from next week,” announced
Farooq Sattar, expressing MQM’s desire to establish peace in Karachi.

He said on-going Karachi operation would bring peace to the
metropolis. “In fact, the Karachi operation was launched on our
desire, and we extended cooperation to make it successful,” said he.

Farooq Sattar, however, added that “MQM felt violation of human rights
and laws during the operation”.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the proposed
committee would be notified within five days by the government and it
would submit its report on MQM’s “alleged grievances and complaints”
within 90 days. He said the interior secretary would be the convener
of the proposed commitee.

“The committee will decide its rules of business and procedure and is
expected to come up with a report within 90 days,” he said, adding
that the PML-N government believes in political reconciliation as it
adopted the same reconciliatory approach earlier with the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

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