Though the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to stay away from a proposed national unity roundtable conference, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has not lost hope and would approach the main opposition party after Eidul Fitr.
“We will be meeting the PML-N after Eid,” said MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar on Wednesday.
The PML-N has decided not to participate in the roundtable terming it as part of ‘an ugly ploy’ to postpone the next parliamentary elections. However, Sattar appears confident enough to make the party review its decision.
Addressing the media, Sattar said MQM chief Altaf Hussain had invited all political groups to join hands to save Pakistan from ‘unseen threats’.
“The country is going through a crucial time and is facing domestic and foreign threats. And in order to deal with these issues, political parties will have to join hands,” Sattar added.
Sattar also invited the media, which he said has emerged as the fourth pillar of state, to MQM’s initiative while urging it to perform its due role.
The MQM has held a series of meetings with political and religious parties, including the Awami National Party, to invite them to the proposed roundtable that it claims will devise ways to steer the country out of current crises.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2012.