KARACHI: A high-level meeting between Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Prime Minister House took place this morning, as both Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf's (PTI) ultimatums draw closer.
Despite efforts to bring the political crisis to a peaceful, satisfactory end, MQM leader Farooq Sattar remained tight-lipped over the minutiae of the meeting when speaking to the media shortly after the meeting, saying only, "We should do what is best for the country. We do not want the system to be derailed."
"The PM was attentive and responded well. He wants to solve the current impasse," Sattar said.
"There is still potential for a satisfactory outcome."
Yesterday, both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri had marked Wednesday as an important day in the political crisis that has engulfed the country since their 'Azadi' and 'Inqilab' marches began two weeks ago. Qadri gave the government a 48 hour ultimatum on Monday that ends this evening. Imran gave the government a similar ultimatum; both demanding the Sharif brothers to resign over rigging allegations.
"Today is a very important day," Sattar affirmed. "We want the deadlock to be broken before the ultimatum.
The allegations, which have not thus far been proven, were bolstered recently after a former Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) official affirmed PTI and PAT's claims in an interview with a private news channel.