KARACHI- Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has directed the senior party members and parliamentarians to reach Islamabad and use all their capabilities to steer the country out of the political crisis.

Talking to MQM coordination committee and parliamentarians at Nine-Zero here on Monday, he said the country was passing through difficult times.

He claimed that next 72 hours are crucial for Pakistan. He directed the senior members and parliamentarians to reach Islamabad and hold meetings with political and religious parties on emergency basis to find solution of the present crisis in a democratic way.

Altaf has once again appealed to the government and the protesting parties to understand the critical condition of the country and try to resolve the crisis through dialogue. The crisis has caused Rs8 billion to the national exchequer, he added.

The MQM chief said the demands of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri reflect the aspirations of the public. The demands do not violate the constitution and the laws. The government should convene a meeting of its leaders to discuss the legitimate demands of PAT chief and accept them.

“We are running short of time and have to take quick decisions. We should not waste time for dialogue in discussion and deliberation,” he added.

Altaf also appealed to the scholars of all schools of thought and people to offer special prayers for the welfare of the country.

Talking to The Nation, MQM coordination committee member Ameenul Haq informed that as per the party chief’s direction, senior leaders will soon go to Islamabad. The party members include MQM deputy convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, party senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Khan Ghouri. They will join MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi who is already in Islamabad.

He said the party-assigned committee will carry out meeting with PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, AML Sheikh Rasheed, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and others. It will also hold meeting with the government representatives. There is also a possibility of meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he said.