KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday directed all MQM parliamentarians to submit their resignations to the party’s deputy convener Nadeem Nusrat.
There are 24 MQM MNAs and seven senators in parliament. “I give all assemblies one week to improve their functioning,” the MQM chief said, adding that parliament is “full of drama”. Earlier, during the day, it was reported that the MQM chief was upset with “irresponsible” party leaders as well as the ongoing political crisis and said that he will request his supporters to relieve him of party leadership, a press statement on the MQM website said. It said the party chief was unhappy with the “irresponsible and selfish behaviour of MQM’s top leadership”.
In his brief announcement, Altaf also stated that the country was in a sensitive state, which saddens him immensely. An official from the MQM media cell said that the resignations were being gathered “as MQM can no longer be a part of this corrupt system”. The resignations come at a time when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are holding protests and sit-ins against the current political system and are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose government they say is the outcome of a rigged election. It is not clear when the MQM members will submit the resignations in the National Assembly. Altaf said that he will try to settle the political standoff within a week.
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