MQM resigns from Parliament
The opposition Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced that it is resigning from the National Assembly, Senate and Sindh Assembly. The decision was taken apparently because the party feels that it is being targeted by the army after an alleged crackdown on party supporters in Karachi. The army says it was cracking down on criminal elements.
The party currently holds eight of 104 seats in the Senate, 25 of 272 seats in the National Assembly and 54 of 130 seats in the Sindh Assembly. Their resignation, if carried through, will lead to a major set of by-elections at a difficult time for the government.