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A national agenda should be evolved for finding solutions to all problems: Dr Farooq Sattar
A delegation of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), headed by Deputy Convener of the Co-ordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar called on PTI leaders Mr Makhdoom Jawed Hashmi and Mr Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the Lahore Cantt office of the party. Current situation prevailing in the country, internal and external threats, worsening energy crisis and precarious Balochistan situation were discussed in the meeting.
Other members of the MQM delegation included members of the Co-ordination Committee Mr Wasay Jalil, Mr Raza Haroon, Mr Aftakhar Akbar Randhawa, and in-charge of the Lahore Zone Mr Malik Waseem Khokhar.
Talking to the PTI leaders, Dr Sattar said that situation in the country was critical and there were looming internal and external threats. He said that it was highly necessary for all the political parties to resolve issues through dialogues and find ways and means for pulling the country out of the various crises. He asserted that the political parties should unite on a single-point agenda in order to create national consensus.
Dr Sattar said that most of the country was in the grip of lawlessness and the gravity of the situation concerted efforts by all political forces in the country instead of brushing aside the situation as the failure of one political party only. He hoped that the process of dialogue would continue and government and opposition parties as well as the parties outside the parliament would have to sit together for finding solutions of problems.
Mr Hashmi and Mr Qureshi welcomed the MQM delegation and praised its initiative for saving democracy and the country. They said that discussions and dialogues were parts of the democratic process, and they must never end. They said that the problems had been piling up for the past 25-30 years and cost of living constantly increasing. They said that the situation in Balochistan was grave.
They said that the issues highlighted by the MQM before the PTI despite being an allied party in the government deserved to be looked into with seriousness. They expressed concerns on the energy crisis in the country, deteriorating economy, Balochistan situation, attempt to curb the independence of judiciary and the caretaker setup under 18th Amendment of the Constitution.
They said that extortion and bank robberies have become commonplace in Lahore as well like Karachi, and it appears that the current generation is living under a pall of fear. They said that there should be a national agenda for solving all these problems so that the parties coming into government after elections stick to that national agenda.
They said that the killings and bloodshed must end and Karachi, which is also the economic hub of the country, should be transformed into a city of peace and brotherhood.