ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf rejected the committee set up by the government to redress the grievances of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, opposing the inclusion of Barrister Farogh Nasim and appointment of interior secretary as convener of the GRC, according to a statement issued by the party on Sunday.
Inclusion of an active MQM member would render the Grievance Redressal Committee partial, said PTI’s leader Naeem-ul-Haq.
The MQM lawmakers had submitted their resignations on Aug 12 in protest against what the party called extrajudicial killings and disappearances of its workers at the hands of law enforcement agencies in Karachi.
A memorandum of understanding for the constitution of GRC was later signed between Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on behalf of the ruling PML-N and Dr Farooq Sattar on behalf of the MQM on October 9. Both the parties had agreed to the formation of the GRC within five days of the signing of the MoU.
With the setting up of this committee, as agreed upon in the MoU, resignations of MQM parliamentarians and members of the Sindh Assembly stand withdrawn.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued a notification on Friday for setting up a Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) which immediately upon its notification and preferably within 15 days, will take up and attend the grievances relating to Karachi, under the law and the Constitution in particular matters relating to life and liberty.
The committee may, on a case-to-case basis, submit its findings to the government.
The GRC, according to the notification released by the office of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, comprises retired Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid, retired Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Khan, retired Justice Ajmal Mian and Barrister Farogh Nasim. The interior secretary, as ex-officio, will work as its convener.
PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haq said in a statement that the ‘inclusion of an active MQM member in the committee has set the foundations of partiality’.
He claimed that the constitution of the committee would not only affect the ongoing operation against criminal elements in Karachi but also termed the appointment of interior secretary as the committee’s convener as an attempt provide access of sensitive information to the MQM.
Haq further said that setting up of the committee was an expression of non-confidence in the judicial system of the country and will prove the Muttahida Qaumi Movement with a ‘blackmailing opportunity’.
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