ISLAMABAD: After decision to quit from the government to protest hike in POL prices, Muttahida Quomi Movement (MQM) has tabled an application in Senate Secretariat and National Assembly for allotment of opposition benches, here on Monday.
According to details, Senator Colonel (Retd) Tahir Mashhadi (MQM) has submitted an application in Senate Secretariat seeking allotment of opposition benches in Senate while another formally application has also been submitted to the speaker national assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza.
Prior MQM had tabled adjournment motion in Senate under rule number 75 against increase in prices of Petroleum and prolong load shedding. It has been demanded in the adjournment motion to withdraw the decision of increase in POL prices, as the poor cannot afford the new prices.
On the other hand MQM’s deputy parliamentary leader Haider Abbas Rizvi while talking to journalists outside the parliament house on Monday. Earlier to this, MQM has also asked for the opposition benches in upper house too.
He said from the very first day MQM was of the view that government should rely on its own resources despite the external assistance as self-reliance is the dream of MQM, but PPP government didn’t consider our demand.
He said in Pakistan’s history it is for the first time when petroleum prices were increased by Rs. 6.50 in one go, which is a alarming. He said it a form of direct tax imposed to nation whereas MQM while debating on RGST in national assembly severely opposed the imposition of direct taxes, but government never bothered to pay attention.
Haider Abbas Rizvi said MQM has not asked PPP to replace Interior Minister Sindh Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, but in near future we will consider this option as we are one of the stakeholders in Sindh government.
Replying to a question, he said previously we have worked with PML-Q government and in future we hope our mutual understanding will further be enhanced.
Haider Abbas Rizvi told MQM is analyzing the circumstances, MQM’s Quaid Altaf Hussain has been in contacts with some of the political leadership and remaining political leaders are yet to be contacted. MQM will soon announce its future strategy.