ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers simultaneously submitted their resignations in the National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday, citing reservations over the Rangers-led operation in Karachi.
MQM lawmaker Farooq Sattar while addressing the NA said, “We have decided to resign from the National Assembly, Senate and Sindh Assembly.”
In National Assembly, after Sattar finished his speech, the MQM lawmakers went into the Speaker’s chamber to submit their resignations.
The NA Speaker sat at his desk, surrounded by MQM lawmakers who submitted their resignations one by one.
Ayaz Sadiq verified the resignations, but the decision to accept the resignations will take place after the arrival of PM Nawaz Sharif, said sources in the PML-N. The PML-N leadership is also in contact with PPP leadership, they added.
MQM Senators then submitted their resignations to Chairman Senate.
Senator Raza Rabbani initially refused to accept the resignations and asked the MQM lawmakers to submit the resignations in Senate Secretariat — which they later did.
Meanwhile, the party’s MPAs also submitted their resignations to Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.
Will accept MQM resignations if genuine: NA Speaker
National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq while speaking to the press earlier on Wednesday had said that if MQM MNAs submitted their resignations voluntarily, he would accept them.
“If they come with their resignations and hand them over to me themselves, I will ask them ‘Is is voluntary? Is it genuine?’ If they say they were not pressured into it, I will accept it,” he said.
When asked about the possibility of MQM resignations being tendered, he said “I don’t know where you got the news that MQM members were going to resign.”
“Farooq Sattar spoke about the extra-judicial killing of an MQM worker. I allowed him to speak on a point of order. The Interior Minister replied that they had reservations over the matter,” he said, referring to the killing of MQM activist Muhammad Hashim.
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