KARACHI: A six-member delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Bilawal House here on Monday.
The delegation, headed by the convener of MQM’s Co-ordination Committee, Dr Farooq Sattar discussed current political and regional situation and demanded implementation of local government (LG) system of nazims introduced by former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf with minor changes.
According to MQM leader Raza Haroon, the party delegation advised the president to adopt local government system continued in the province from 2001 to 2005 with minor changes. Talking to the media persons after their meeting with the president, the MQM leader said that the president was informed about internal and external challenges and threats identified by the party chief Altaf Hussain and his suggestion for holding a round-table conference for developing consensus among political and national leadership. According to him, President Zardari also agreed with Hussain’s suggestion of convening a round-table conference, and talked with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in this regard.
The MQM leader said that the party leadership would meet with leadership of all national level political, religious and nationalists parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif. According to him, the party will meet with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q)’s Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Jamaat-e-Islami’s Professor Ghafoor Ahmed on Tuesday to extend them invitations for the conference. The conference will discuss challenges the country was facing internally and externally, and evolve a consensus on encountering these issues, he added.