MQM delegation meets PM Nawaz, discuss prevailing political crisis

Farooq Sattar says prime minister intends to resolve crisis in amicable way

ISLAMABAD – A delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad and discussed prevailing political crisis.

The MQM’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was leading his side comprising Dr. Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghauri, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Rasheed Godel. The two sides discussed situation arising from the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protests in Islamabad and deadlines set by Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan for their demands to the government.

The MQM has also presented some suggestions to the prime minister besides briefing him over the party’s contacts made so far with several politicians, including Dr Qadri. MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s concerns about future of democracy were also conveyed to the prime minister.

Federal Ministers Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar and Pervaiz Rashid were also present in the meeting. Meanwhile, Farooq Sattar said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif intended to resolve the current political crisis in an amicable way. He said that the prime minister heard the proposals of the delegation open heartedly.

“We have proposed that a high level delegation from the Pakistan Muslim League-N should also meet to the leadership of the PAT to resolve the issue through dialogue,” he said. “It is our sincere effort to bring the issue to its logical end,” Sattar said. He appealed both the government and agitating parties to show flexibility in their attitude to steer the country out of crisis.

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