ISLAMABAD - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expressed willingness to participate in parliamentary committee meetings on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) even after tendering of resignations by its lawmakers in the Parliament.

“MQM member’s name is in the committee…It is our condition that party’s representation should be considered despite the fact that it has tendered resignation from the parliament,” MQM leader Farooq Sattar told The Nation.

The committee has been formed to evolve consensus among all political forces on the CPEC as, like other parties, MQM has also certain reservations over its route.

Sattar said MQM had time and again proposed the incumbent government to include Karachi in the route. “MQM with its proposed condition may sit in the committee, if deems fit to raise its voice,” he added.

MQM has submitted resignations with a charge-sheet, he said, now it’s up to the government to take its decision. “We have conveyed all our grievances to the prime minister about ban on Altaf Bhai’s speeches and restrictions on party’s welfare activities,” he added. He said MQM had detached itself from parliamentary politics on certain demands which should be fulfilled. “The government should consider our demands then we will re-consider our decision about resignations,” he added.

The committee formed in pursuance of motions by the National Assembly has mentioned name of MQM senior member Khalid Maqbol Siddiqui, who is currently in Singapore. The newly-formed committee has recently elected Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed as its chairman.

The decision to constitute the committee was taken during an All Parties Conference (APC) convened on May 28 to develop a national consensus on the $46 billion economic corridor which will join China’s south-western region with Gwadar Port.

The body is formed to monitor the implementation of the mega projects.

The committee will also endeavour to promote consensus and muster support for CPEC in the federation.

Political analysts say that the long-term national project would be fruitful for all so there should be equal representation.

The committee in its next meeting will decide the terms of reference as well as work plan to provide oversight, guidance and serve as a force multiplier for building the CPEC.