JUI-F asks govt to set up monitoring body over Karachi operation
KARACHI - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Fazlur Rehman is set to meet a delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders at their headquarters Nine Zero on Tuesday.
Sources said that dispute regarding venue and timing of the meeting has been resolved and the JUI-F chief - accompanied by his party leader Akram Durrani - would soon land at the Karachi airport.
MQM’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar and MNA Kunwar Naveed among other leaders are likely to attend the meeting in which Fazl - being tasked by the government - would woo MQM lawmakers to withdraw their resignations from the assemblies.
Last week, MQM lawmakers tendered their resignations after expressing reservations on the ongoing operation against criminals and terrorists in Karachi. They said that the operation - being carried out by Rangers and Police – was directed towards their party rather than criminal elements.
Fazl has already succeeded in breaking the ice between the MQM and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N by bringing the former to the dialogue table without any strings attached. He has also persuaded the federal government to set up a monitoring committee to keep tabs on the Karachi operation.
The JUI-F chief also had a telephonic conversation with self-exiled MQM chief Altaf Hussain and convinced him to engage in an unconditional dialogue.