Leaders of MQM and ANP interact with media representatives in Islamabad on Wednesday. – Photo by Online

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) met with leaders of the Awami National Party (ANP) on Wednesday. During the meeting, ANP leaders accepted the MQM's invitation to visit Nine Zero in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

The meeting took place at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad where leaders from ANP Sindh were also present.

Speaking to media representatives after the meeting, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said that “the country’s political and religious leadership must sit together in order to save the country”.

He also told reporters regarding his talks with ANP leaders on Karachi's law and order situation.

Moreover, ANP leader Haji Adeel said that his party believed in resolving issues through negotiations.

Adeel lauded MQM's proposal of a round table conference, adding that, so far, his party had not contacted the prime minister on the subject.

Adeel added that "restoration of peace in Karachi was important to both MQM and ANP."

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July 25, 2012 2:35 pm
A positive gesture from MQM and a positive reply from ANP. I request both these parties to work together and restore peace in Karachi. Make it a nice and peaceful place to live. We have lost enough lives and don't want to see any more blood on Karachi streets.
Muhammad Farooq,
July 25, 2012 3:33 pm
any peace loving citizen of Pakistan would appreciate this gesture of MQM and ANP to join hands for the progress and prosperity of the country. May Allah bless them with success. If they are doing politics as someone has commented here, Allah knows what is in their hearts so no worries.
July 25, 2012 2:43 pm
you are right
July 25, 2012 3:31 pm
Whats law & order situation got to do with the political parties. Isnt it the Sindh Police job to ensure law & order in Karachi? By meeting to discuss law & order, arnt they accepting the fact that both parties have something to do with messing up the law & order in karachi? If they are serious about this, why not de-weaponise their armed wings? And for that matter de-weaponise every other political party in karachi?
Fazal Karim Karachi
July 25, 2012 4:04 pm
First solve Karachi law and order problem before wasting time on other issues. If PPP and MQM with largest number of MPA's in Sindh Assembly, are sincere with Karachi public, problem can be solved in no time..Karachi demography is changing fast if MQM wants to represent Karachi , it has to get sympathy of all the ethnic population. If not, in the next five years MQM will be sitting in opposition in Sindh Assembly.
ali abbas
July 25, 2012 3:36 pm
Time after time ANP has proven itself as a mature and principled political party.
M N Syed
July 28, 2012 7:16 pm
Principle of Pakistan politics is no tolerance specially so it is in Sindh and Karachi. It is against theorey of politics that a political party goes on winning elections after election in Sindh and Karachi. This is a clear case of coercion. Some body has to stop it other wise Sindh and Karachi are doomed.
July 25, 2012 12:56 pm
Just want peace!
July 25, 2012 12:02 pm
Sincere joint effort is the way forward.
July 25, 2012 11:47 am
Election gimmick!
July 25, 2012 5:41 pm
An awesome move from 2 liberal and genuine parties. kudos to both of you, hope the collaboration will bring the peace to Karachi.
Jag Jai
July 25, 2012 6:34 pm
Any effort or dialogue is a good approach, election gimmick or no-gimmick. At present Pakistan needs peace urgently for their own survival.
July 25, 2012 7:10 pm
Another good step by MQM for restoration of peace and prosperity of Karachi and Pakistan.
Syed Tirmizey
July 25, 2012 7:34 pm
Meeting for the sake of showing to the public is not enough. Meaningful dialogue is required with long lasting solution. Show to the public it is not political or election gimmick
Mirza Yasir
July 25, 2012 7:43 pm
Its a good turn towards the safety of Karachi and Pakistan. These parties are the stake holder of Karachi, and they are making money and cutting peoples in order to show their strength. Despite of all the facts, it may possible that they are thinking about this situation seriously. It may be an election strategy, time will show their thinking. I just pray that pakistani people should listen them but should do their own move after judging them.
July 25, 2012 7:45 pm
Enough is enough and no more destruction its time for new parties like awami tehreek and PTI to take over the show
Faizullah Khalil
July 25, 2012 7:52 pm
They all are already looking so tense. How could they make a peace when dead bodies of these parties still falling on the streets.???????????? .All parties conference is just another chance for the govt. to legitimize itself in the eyes of the people. Because in the last over 4 yrs they miserably failed to serve the masses. Now they want to have these kind of conferences to portray themselves that they are serious about issues.
July 25, 2012 7:54 pm
very good begining to restore peace in Karachi
July 25, 2012 8:13 pm
Election games..... Why they are killing innocent people in Karachi for their politics games... I am Muhajir but i appreciate the ANP stand for the Dual Citizenship....
T Khan
July 25, 2012 9:05 pm
Indeed Jawwad, both parties (MQM & ANP) are seriously concerned about Imran Khan's popularity in Karachi; and have to find a way to keep their monopoly going. Once elections are over, they will be back on each others’ throats again. Their hatred for each other goes beyond political issues,, they are sadly but truthfully cultural and financial along with territorial within their own country. Hopefully, PTI will challenge them by securing confidence of the young educated voters to become the difference maker. It will be interesting after the elections.
July 25, 2012 9:12 pm
Stop talking and start acting!!! Save the inncocent lives that are lost on a daily basis. Have mercy. Fear God.
July 25, 2012 9:23 pm
Good development. I hope it materializes in bringing violence in Karachi down.
July 25, 2012 9:43 pm
You got it correctly.
July 25, 2012 9:45 pm
The word sincere doesn't exist in reality in the entire Pakistan.
Hamid Abbasi
July 25, 2012 10:12 pm
What do you mean,they shouldn't move forward and let Karachi be on fire for ever?Please try to appreciate the effort and the first step initiated irrespective of the context.Hamid Abbasi
July 25, 2012 10:39 pm
As elections are coming!!
July 25, 2012 10:53 pm
Very nice move by MQM inviting ANP, they both need to stay together for a country.
July 25, 2012 11:04 pm
It's quite interesting part of round table conference suggested by MQM & accepted with open arms by the ANP. It's a real concern, why now? when the ships of MQM are sinking every day in Karachi city? Does MQM understand diplomacy of peace? NO, they will not at all. They are just buying the time. Now they in the hot water not only in Karachi but also out of Karachi area.
Muzaffer Haider
July 25, 2012 11:44 pm
Some people are suspicious of their own shadow and you are one of those
July 25, 2012 11:46 pm
whatever , it does not seem to be an election gimmick, it is a welcome step. may ALLAH give us unity, peace and sense. WE ARE ALL ONE HAVING ONE MANZIL(ALLAH), ONE RASOOL(SALLALAHU ALAIHI WASALAM), ONE DEEN ONE QURAN, ONE COUNTRY, ONE NATION, ONE AIM(TO MAKE OUR NATION A DEVELOPED AND STRONG COUNTRY). please make our nation peaceful developed and strong. ALLAH WILL ASK YOU ON THE LAST DAY. BE CAREFUL...
Jamal Ahmad Anjum
July 25, 2012 11:48 pm
It is the right thing to do. But the success of such a move will depend entirely on tolerance of views and how much the stake-holders are willing to give and accomodate others. Save Karachi and the country. My prayers are with you.
July 26, 2012 12:29 am
whatever , it does not seem to be an election gimmick, it is a welcome step. may ALLAH give us unity, peace and sense. WE ARE ALL ONE HAVING ONE MANZIL(ALLAH), ONE RASOOL(SALLALAHU ALAIHI WASALAM), ONE DEEN ONE QURAN, ONE COUNTRY, ONE NATION, ONE AIM(TO MAKE OUR NATION A DEVELOPED AND STRONG COUNTRY).
July 26, 2012 12:31 am
The goal of MQM, ANP and may be PPP is join hands and defeat Imran's + Nawa's party. You have to ask yourself based on Pakistan situation can we really take another 4~5 years PPP. We are down in dump
July 26, 2012 12:54 am
what is nine-zero
July 26, 2012 1:39 am
thes guys ..thinking for betterment....one must be joking.....
July 26, 2012 3:03 am
these people are part of problem. they do'nt care for Pakistan.
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