KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has submitted a requisition to summon the provincial assembly's session. The purpose is to raise the issue of the cases launched against MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
The party's parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed, along with other lawmakers, submitted the requisition, signed by more than 40 members. It requests the assembly speaker to immediately summon the session to discuss and debate important matters, including the registration of cases against the MQM chief.
Speaking to the media, Ahmed said that the condition of the province, especially the city of Karachi, was critical. "We have requested the speaker to summon the session so that these issues can be discussed," he said.
"False cases are being registered against [MQM] leadership and party workers," said another MQM leader Abdul Haseeb. "We strongly condemn it," he said. "We will continue to raise our voice over public issues," he added.
Meanwhile, the MQM leaders also submitted a resolution against federal defence minister Khawaja Asif for his comments against former army officials. The resolution claims that Asif spoke against the officials during a TV talk show.
Haseeb said that other issues, such as load-shedding and water crisis, will also be highlighted during the assembly session. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has already submitted a resolution against Hussain.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2015.