MQM calls for early end of Zarb-e-Azb

Sattar says his party to welcome if PTI opts for dialogue

ISLAMABAD – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar has said that his party would be welcoming if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership opts for dialogue but otherwise too the peace must be maintained.

Talking to journalists after attending the security conference held at the PM House here, he said that all parties were unanimous on the inevitability of the military operation in North Waziristan and elimination of terrorism. He said his party called for early culmination of the operation and rehabilitation of displaced persons in their native areas.

Regarding imposition of Article 245, he said that the government needed a constitutional cover to deploy military in Islamabad to avert any blowback of the ongoing military operation. Sattar also advised the political parties respect the constitution and avoid indulging in the acts those threaten the democratic system.

He lauded the prime minister's invitation to PTI leadership for dialogue but criticised the ongoing action against workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek in Lahore and other cities. When asked about absence of Chief Minister of Pakhtunkhwa province from the conference, he said three chief ministers attended the moot but the absence of more relevant chief minister was a national loss.

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