ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday assured the MQM leadership that his government will play its ‘due role’ to ensure ‘complete justice’ for Altaf Hussain.
At a hurriedly called meeting at the Prime Minister’s House over MQM chief’s detention in London, Nawaz said that though Altaf Hussain is a foreign national, still he heads a political party based in Pakistan and his arrest is a sensitive matter.
Sources in PM House said the prime minister also received a phone call by Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ibad during the meeting. Nawaz assured Ibad that the government will do its best to pull out MQM chief of this crisis, the sources said.
Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and close aides attended the meeting.
Sources said that aides have advised the Nawaz not to take ‘personal interest’ in Altaf issue. “The British government wants to stay neutral because it knows that their judiciary cannot be influenced. If Pakistani government tries to intervene, it could land in trouble. The matter can also adversely affect Pak-UK ties, which would be detrimental for Islamabad that heavily relies on economic assistance from UK,” said a director at the PM House on the condition of anonymity.
During the telephonic conversation, Nawaz showed his concern over the health of MQM chief. Ibad thanked Nawaz for his support for the party. Nawaz requested the party members and leaders to look forward for a positive outcome and stay calm. He asked the governor to ensure that lives and properties of innocent citizens are not damaged during the protests in Sindh.
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