The country is in the grip of serious political turmoil for various reasons. Loadshedding, corruption, unemployment, on-going insurgency in Balochistan, target killing in Karachi, crumbling economy and worsening law and order situation are to name a few. If the federal government has failed to govern the country in the right manner, the provincial governments have also failed to perform. The federal government as well as different political parties convened all parties’ conferences in the past on various issue. But they could never agree on one point. It was against this backdrop that the MQM came out with the idea of hosting a roundtable conference to address issues confronting the nation. MQM delegations headed by Farooq Sattar held meetings with leadership of mainstream political parties in a bid to invite them to attend. But the response he has received is not encouraging since the PML-N and Imran’s PTI had decided to stay away. The basic issue is the credibility of the agenda. Some think that the MQM move is aimed at delaying the holding of general election for a year that would ultimately help President Asif Zardari. It will be in the fitness of things, if the MQM holds a dialogue with its coalition partners in Sindh, including the PPP and the ANP, and resolve the issue of target killing in Karachi. If they can’t bring peace to Karachi, how can they be trusted to resolve other vital national issues.