Tabled by ANP chief: MQM announces support for pro-democracy resolution

Published: January 16, 2012
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Decision taken after a meeting between party leaders and Interior  Minister Rehman Malik.

Decision taken after a meeting between party leaders and Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

KARACHI: 

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced plans to support Awami National Party’s (ANP) resolution to strengthen democracy coupled with reposing full confidence and trust in the political leadership of the country.

The decision was taken after a meeting between MQM leaders and Interior Minister Rehman Malik at the Governor House on Sunday.

The meeting, which continued for about two hours, generated a consensus on foiling all conspiracies against the civilian government.  Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan, MQM Deputy Convenor Farooq Sattar and MNA Haider Abbas Rizvi were also present in the discussion.

The resolution was moved by the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan in the National Assembly, following the Supreme Court (SC) warning government on the NRO issue.

Briefing the media afterwards, Farooq Sattar said that the MQM Rabita Committee, after consulting constitutional experts, has decided to fully support ANP’s resolution.

“We are making our best efforts to promote the democratic culture in the country. Therefore, we will support ANP’s resolution on the matter,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Rehman Malik thanked MQM leaders, especially the party chief Altaf Hussain for supporting the prospective move.

He also expressed optimism that parliament will adopt the resolution today (Monday) expressing full confidence in the political leadership,” he remarked.

The MQM had always supported the federal government and stood by it in times of need, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Mirza
    Jan 16, 2012 - 12:25PM

    The only answer to the current crisis is to get a vote of confidence from the NA and senate. After that announce a date for early elections using the new electoral lists created by the democratic govt and not those by the Mush dictatorship, which contain bogus data. As soon as the lists are ready the elections should take place. That way nobody would have an excuse that the govt is not legit.

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  • Abbas from the US
    Jan 16, 2012 - 6:32PM

    @Mirza:
    I would agree with the first part of your statement that a vote of re-confidence is in order. And also as in a democracy if the coalition government sees political benifits from an early election they should opt for it, under no pressure to please the Army, the intelligence agencies as well as judicial activism which was historically absent when being coopted by the army during Pakistan’s checkered past while aspiring to democracy.

    As for the current voters list as compared to the last list compiled during the Musharaf administration, what is the gaurantee that this may not have errors after all bureaucrats are experts at acommodating political interests.

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  • naveed
    Jan 16, 2012 - 9:53PM

    every body should accept the purely democratic government and system, because it is only way to come out crisis of pakistan and his nation. Therefore, Mqm politics is in right direction in order to calm down the current situation of country and bring fruitful results for people

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  • zahid
    Jan 16, 2012 - 10:06PM

    All beneficiary of corruption in one way or the other have passed the resolution in assembly. The corrupt tolla is least bothered what is happening to masses,forwhich they shed crocodile tears.Irony ?Recommend

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