Thursday, November 27, 2008

MQM, ST form bodies to continue talks

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Sunni Tehreek (ST) decided to continue the dialogue process and announced to form committees with three members from each side.The first round of talks between MQM and ST started on Wednesday at the Sindh Governor House.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad presided over the talks held on the matter of ending the ongoing clashes between the two parties that have been continuing for many months now. Renowned religious ulema were the mediators of the talks.After the talks, MQM and ST leaderships told that during the first round of talks, the basic reasons behind the clashes were discussed and it was decided by both sides that hatred and hostilities should be resolved at the grass root level.The two sides announced that the committees will comprise of three members from each side. For the committees, Shakeel Qadri, Aftab Qadri and Saleem Noor have been nominated from the ST and Waseem Aftab, Abdul Haseeb and Raza Haroon have been nominated from MQM.
It was also decided that in the second round of talks, these committees will be formed at sector and unit levels in the city so that future clashes can be monitored and misunderstandings can be avoided at lower levels.Sources told Daily Times that the participating ulema directed both party leaderships to tolerate any activities of the other party and that they should play their due role in maintaining peace in the city.“On the directives of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, the party wants to continue the dialogue process with all democratic forces so that conspiracies against both parties can be eliminated,” said MQM member Waseem Aftab.“The ST has responded to the Ahle Sunnat ulema and it wants to resolve all misunderstandings.
ST and MQM have decided to form the co-ordination committees on gross root levels and it is expected that these committees will be established within the next few days,” told ST leader Shahid Ghauri.Participants of both the parties lauded the role of Hussain and ST chief Sarwat Eijaz Qadri for initiating talks in the greater interest of the people of Karachi.Rehman said that the Ahle Sunnat ulema convinced both sides to sit for the dialogues.
He further said that he expected that a need of a facilitator can be avoided for future talks.Rehman, Sahibzada Abu Al-Khair Muhammad Zubair, Mufti Jan Muhammad Naeemi, Allama Shah Turabul Haq Qadri, Maulana Reha Amjad Naumani and Allama Liaquat Azheri were among the mediators of the talks.MQM Rabita Committee member Waseem Aftab, Sindh Provincial Minister Abdul Haseeb and Sindh Assembly member Tahir Qureshi represented MQM and Shahid Ghauri, Shakeel Qadri, Mubeen Qadri, Qari Khalilur Rehman and Matloob Awan represented ST in the first round of talks. Karachi City Nazim Mustafa Kamal was also present during the dialogues between MQM and ST.

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