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Muttahida set to rejoin coalition

Rehan Siddiqui / 6 October 2011

KARACHI — The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) seemed all set to rejoin federal and Sindh governments after parleys were held between the top leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party and its estranged ally during the past 24 hours.

According to the media, the MQM was to announce its decision to rejoin the government later on Wednesday or Thursday after a nod by the the party chief Altaf Hussain.

Perhaps this latest attempt to mend fences was prompted by a threat by the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) to quit coalition blaming the government’s failure to fulfil the promises made in the agreement reached between the two parties.

“The nation will hear the good news later tonight or tomorrow” was a brief comment given to the media on Wednesday by former federal minister Babar Ghauri, a close confidante of the MQM chief and one of the members of the negotiating team of the party that met President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad on Tuesday.

When contacted opposition party leaders belonging to the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, the Jamaat-e-Islami, the JUP, the JUI-F and the Sunni Tehrik, said the MQM cannot play the role of opposition and nobody should be surprised if the party rejoins the coalition government.

Although MQM’s ministers had tendered their resignations to the authorities, yet even after the lapse of almost four months the same have not been accepted.  The PPP and the MQM leaders were scheduled to meet later on Wednesday night here to finalise the “reunion” as sources said Zardari gave assurance to resolve the party grievances.


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