MQM-P pushes towards PPP for long-term links


ISLAMABAD/LAHORE:

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) agreed on Monday to establish a long-term working relationship in the “broader interests of the nation” at a meeting held to discuss the political situation arising from the motion of no confidence filed against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In a statement, the PPP said the leaders of the two parties discussed the prevailing political situation in the country and that the two parties “agreed on a long-term working relationship in the interest of general of the nation”. “The PPP also agreed with all points of the MQM-P.”

The MQM-P sources, while sharing the details of the meeting, said that the PPP is offering the governorship of Sind among other things to the MQM-P. However, they added that the consensus on a working relationship was a positive step, but that the PPP practically had to prove some things before the vote on the no-confidence motion.

Leaving the “bitter experiences of the past in the past”, the sources said, it was the PPP that had to prove its word with deeds. “The MQM-P wants other opposition parties to also present themselves as ‘guarantors’. It is one of the conditions for moving forward,” said one of the sources.

The MQM-P delegation, consisting of Minister of Information Technology Aminul Haq, Aamir Khan, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Wasim Akhtar, Khawaja Izhar and Javed Hanif, visited the Chairman of the PPP Parliamentarians Asif Zardari and the Chairman of the PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Zardari House in Islamabad.

For the PPP, former Prime Minister and Senate Opposition Leader Yousuf Raza Gilani, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah as well as Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Saeed Ghani, Sharjeel Memon and others attended the talks .

Shortly after the PPP statement, the MQM-P released its own statement, saying the meeting was a continuation of the political process that had been going on for several days. He said MQM-P’s position on urban issues in Sindh – Karachi and Hyderabad – had been submitted to the provincial ruling party.
The MQM-P said that the senior management of the PPP had agreed to establish permanent and improved links for the resolution of the problems of the citizens of Sindh, adding that it had been agreed to solve the administrative and legal problems through legislation.

A spokesperson for MQM-P said the current political situation, including the no-confidence motion, was also discussed, but added that the party would decide the political situation, including the no-confidence motion, after taking into account its own people and its interests. .

The talks between the PPP and the MQM-P were part of a flurry of meetings taking place in the federal capital and Lahore to discuss the no-confidence motion and the future course of the joint opposition.

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These included a joint meeting of the leaders of the joint opposition which was held at the residence of the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad during which important decisions were taken regarding the situation general policy in the country and the motion of no confidence.

Another important meeting took place in Lahore between a disgruntled faction of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, known as the Jahangir Khan Tareen group, and the PML-N. According to a statement, the two sides had joined hands to oust Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

The PML-N delegation, led by the leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shehbaz, visited the residence of Tareen, who is currently in London for medical treatment. The delegation included Sardar Owais Leghari, Ataullah Tarar, Khawaja Salman Rafique and Zeeshan Rafique.

The meeting comes days after Tareen’s group announced that they would only back the government’s no-confidence decision if they accepted their condition to remove Buzdar. The statement said the two sides discussed the political situation in the country and agreed to keep in touch.

The Tareen group “expressed disappointment” over the situation in Punjab and consensus was reached with PML-N for Buzdar’s withdrawal, the statement added. Lawmakers also criticized the performance of the Buzdar-led provincial government, saying corruption and inflation were on the rise.

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Members of the Tareen group told Hamza that they would share the details of the meeting with their leader who would give the final verdict on the cooperation between the two parties. Hamza also said he would convey their concerns and submit their demands to his party’s senior leadership.

Earlier, in an internal meeting, most members of the Tareen group were in favor of joining the opposition coalition. They complained that Tareen had been treated unfairly by the ruling PTI as the band members were victimized. Under these circumstances, they said, they could no longer side with the government.

Meanwhile, after meeting with the PPP, the MQM-P delegation also met with the leaders of the PML-Q – Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. The meeting comes as the PTI government’s three main allies – PML-Q, MQP-P and BAP – are working together following the opposition’s no-confidence decision.

In addition, Federal Narcotics Control Minister Brig (Retired) Ijaz Ahmed Shah met with the Chaudhry brothers to discuss the current political situation and the possible alliance of different parties ahead of the no-confidence motion.

In addition, Shujaat and Elahi also met Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, who recently resigned as special assistant to the prime minister after being ignored for months. Rind presented a bouquet to Shujaat and discussed the current political situation in Balochistan with PML-Q leaders.

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