Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf yesterday claimed arch rival Muttahida Qaumi Movement was heading towards disintegration owing to its internal differences.

“Even Altaf Hussain thinks so and has stated several times that some MQM leaders are running away,” PTI MNA Arif Alvi said, while to The Nation. He said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman was looking at the constitution in a different way to bring back the MQM legislators to the parliament. “Maulana Fazlur Rehman had been trying to send us out of the assemblies by hook or crook, but he has a totally changed stance about MQM and is very flexible,” the PTI leader observed.

He said PTI was not against MQM’s return to the assemblies, but they must apologise to the nation for receiving RAW’s funding and seeking Indian intervention in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

“The MQM resignations are a legal issue. If the law permits them to come back, we will not create any hurdle, but we want the government not to compromise on the Karachi operation. The action against terrorists must continue,” he added.

Alvi claimed that his party had quit the parliament to expose the election rigging while the MQM wanted to save its violent politics. “I am sure Fazlur Rehman will even read the constitution upside down if it means success of his talks with the MQM to withdraw their resignations,” the PTI leader contended.

He said his party was not against the Urdu-speaking people living in Karachi, but the ‘mafia’ that had made their lives a hell.

When contacted, JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah said Maulana Fazlur Rehman was working to save the democratic system. “The parliament has given the task to Maulana Fazalur Rehman to bring MQM back to the parliament. Even Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appreciated the role of Fazlur Rehman regarding political harmony and reconciliation,” he remarked. “We are hopeful that the issue between MQM and the government will be resolved soon,” Senator Hamdullah added. PML-N leader Maiza Hameed said the government was ready to accept genuine demands of MQM. “The prime minister wants a strong democratic system in Pakistan. The government has been making decisions with consensus of all the political parties,” she said.

“Let me clarify that the Karachi operation will be taken to its logical end and there will be no compromise on it,” the lawmaker said. “MQM should use the parliament as a platform to improve the system. We believe all the issues can be settled through talks,” she affirmed. PML-N Senator Abdul Qayyum Khan said MQM chief Altaf Hussain had used abusive language against the security institutions, but still the PM requested the MQM to discuss their reservations in the parliament. “The government has been working on an agenda to take decisions through consensus of all the political parties. The prime minister always asked the PTI to resolve the issues through dialogue, but PTI preferred the politics of sit-in to press for its demands,” he recalled.

Khan said the Karachi operation was launched with the consensus of all the political parties, including MQM. “The government does not believe in minus-one formula for any political party. Altaf Hussain is the leader of a big party, so he should be careful in his statements and speeches,” the senator opined.

MQM sources said the legislators were likely to withdraw their resignations soon and return to the assemblies. “Some friends are trying to send a wrong message that we want an end to the Karachi operation. We only want an end to discrimination, that’s all,” said an MQM lawmaker. “We are ready to return to the assemblies if our fair demands are accepted. We have not asked for any big concessions. We only want justice,” he added.