Karachi: Legislators of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday submitted their resignations from the Sindh assembly while the party`s National Assembly members will resign shortly in compliance with its decision to quit the coalition government in the province and at the centre.
The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party had suffered a major setback yesterday after the MQM announced it would no longer be part of the coalition government in Sindh province and at the centre.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar had said the party, which is the single largest party in Pakistan`s biggest city and has wide representation in the major cities and towns of the province, would now sit on the opposition benches in the provincial and national assemblies.
The provincial assembly members of the MQM submitted their resignations to the Governor while the advisers went to the Chief Minister`s house under heavy security to give their resignations.
The party`s National Assembly members left for Islamabad to give their resignations to the Parliament speaker.
MQM senior leader and MNA (Member of the National Assembly), Haider Abbas Rizvi told reporters at the airport that Governor of Sindh Dr Eshrat-ul-Ibad would also be resigning soon.
Ibad is a nominee of the MQM for the Governor`s post for the last 10 years, the long serving Governor of any province in Pakistan`s history.
Rizvi also insisted that the MQM had no plans to enter into a alliance with any party for the General elections due in May.
"We will contest the elections independently from our party`s platform," he said.
The MQM which has had its differences with the ruling PPP government on a few occasions in the last five years but has been always pacified and brought back into the coalition governments.
The MQM said the final straw had come with the withdrawal of cases and bounty announced for the arrest of eight suspected gangsters affiliated with the banned Peoples Aman Committee in Lyari.