JUI-F chief is scheduled to arrive in Karachi to hold talks today
KARACHI: Efforts to bring estranged Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) back in the assemblies seems to have hit a snag as the party claims that the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is yet to contact them regarding the matter.
The JUI-F chief, who is scheduled to arrive in Karachi later in the day to hold talks with the MQM, was appointed as the unofficial negotiator between the government and the MQM after the party resigned from Parliament and the Sindh assembly last week, citing reservations over the ongoing Rangers operation in Karachi.
Taking to The Express Tribune, MQM leader Aminul Haq said the party has not received any information from Fazl regarding when and where the meeting would take place, adding that it seems that if a meeting is held between them, it would take place tomorrow (Tuesday).
There have also been reports that the JUI-F chief does not want to go to MQM headquarters Nine Zero for negotiations and is insisting on meeting at a neutral place, preferably the government’s guest house.
On the other hand, the MQM is insisting that Fazl come to Nine Zero for the meeting.
“It has been a tradition that all politicians come to Nine Zero to have discussions and dialogue with us. From Benazir Bhutto, who came to party headquarters in 1988 before taking oath as the prime minister to the time when Mamnoon Hussain came to Nine Zero after being designated the President,” said Haq.
Earlier on Saturday, the JUI-F chief spoke with MQM chief Altaf Hussain via telephone and assured him that all genuine grievances of the MQM would be addressed.