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MQM to oppose NRO, advises President to step down

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) while deciding to oppose National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in the National Assembly has advised President Asif Ali Zardari to step down as country’s head of state.

The final decision into this effect would be announced by MQM Rabta Committee.

Private TV Channel quoted sources as saying the high-level leadership of MQM through Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan advised President to tender resignation as country’s head of state.

Chief MQM Altaf Hussain while talking to Private TV Channel has said that he has directed his party members’ national assembly to oppose NRO in the Parliament.

He said he has told the President that NRO is a black law and Government should not bring it in the Parliament because nation has rejected it. Despite his recommendation, government brought NRO in the Parliament and now we have decided to oppose it, he said.

Altaf Hussain went on to say he has advised President Asif Ali Zardari to step down as country’s head of state to save democratic system in the country. The President and his colleagues who are beneficiary of NRO should appear before the court, he said.

On the other hand, MQM Rabta Committee Member Mohammad Anwar while talking to Private TV Channel has confirmed that his Party Chief Altaf Hussain has advised President to step down in better interest of country. The President neither should take test of his coalition partners nor his own Party in the Parliament, he said.

He went on to say finial decision would be taken by MQM Rabta Committee. Answering to a question, he said, MQM thinks the corruption would be legitimized in case of approval of NRO by the Parliament, which is against the policies of MQM.

Replying to a question, he made it clear MQM is not beneficiary of NRO saying no case of corruption against any member of MQM has been registered so far. Case based on political victimization was registered against MQM Chief and Party MNAs and MPAs some years ago, he said.

The President should tender resignation to save the system, he advised.

Federal Minister for overseas Pakistanis and MQM leader Farooq Sattar while talking to media men outside the Parliament House has confirmed that his party would not support NRO in the parliament and the party stance in this regard has been conveyed to Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik

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