MQM quits alliance with federal Govt

KARACHI: Muthida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the front line alliance of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has decided to pull out of the federal government citing non-implementation of the promises main reasons behind the decision.

According to the media reports, a joint meeting of MQM Rabta Committee held at the same time in Karachi and London at the same time, which decided to pull out of the federal cabinet and their two ministers including Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghauri will tender their resignation in phase. MQM is also allied of the government in Sindh province of which decision will be taken soon.

MQM leader, Faisal Sabazwari while talking to a private TV channel said that the Rabta Committee after reviewing all the affairs found that the government had not implemented over their recommendations of which they decided to separate from the government. He further clarified that they, however, would not derail the democratic setup and would be sit at treasury benches but not on the opposition.

Commenting over the fate of the provincial government, Faisal stated that the Rabta Committee after reviewing situation would decide about the alliance. He stated that they would also review the situation whether the government does any actions to sort-out the problems being faced by the people.

Haider Abbas Rizvi also confirmed the situation saying that they would sit at the treasury benches but not on the opposition. He clarified that they have reservations towards the government, who is taking practical steps for resolving the issues.

It is pertinent to mention here that the situation was intensified when Sindh Home Minister, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza tendered severe allegations against MQM on December 13th. Later on, a high level delegation led by Dr. Farooq Sattar met President and gave ten-day deadline for taking action against Mirza, which has not practiced thus far.

On the other side, President Asif Ali Zardari summoned Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik and Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah to discuss the situation.

The President also telephoned Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and both the leaders discuss the issue of not accepting the resignations of the duo ministers of MQM.

The President also summoned the PPP’s members Sindh Assembly’s meeting on Wednesday and the provincial cabinet meeting on Thursday. The sources told Online that the PPP’s MPAs and provincial ministers would attend the meeting to be held on Wednesday and Thursday at Bilawal House and would discuss the recent political scenario.

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