Karachi: The MQM has asked its legislators to resign, with party chief Altaf Hussain giving Pakistan government a week's time to resolve the ongoing political crisis.
A Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader said Hussain has asked the legislators to submit their resignations to deputy convenor Nusrat Shaukat at party headquarters here.
Though no other official reason was given for this, insiders said Hussain was unhappy with recent incidents when some members of the party showed up at the sit-ins of Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) in Karachi, violating party discipline.
"They are submitting their resignations because of the drama going on in Pakistan for one month," said a party member requesting anonymity.
A senior MQM member, however, said the decision to ask legislators to give their resignations had been taken not because of the ongoing political crisis but for some soul searching within the party.
We want to take a critical look at ourselves, he said.
Hussain also gave the government a one-week deadline to resolve the political deadlock due to the sit-ins by PTI and Tahirul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in Islamabad for the last 22 days.
Hussain, who resides in London, had summoned a meeting of all party members and activists at 6pm today, where he was expected to request them to relieve him of party leadership, according to a press release on the MQM website.
However, the address has been delayed till tomorrow.
After weeks of turmoil, the political storm that has engulfed Pakistan seemed to be ebbing today as protesters returned to talks with the government and a mediator between the two warring sides said a "concrete solution" is in sight.