PPP striving to woo back Muttahida

KARACHI - Efforts of the Pakistan People’s Party’s to woo back erstwhile coalition partner, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), have begun in earnest with President Asif Ali Zardari telephoning Altaf Hussain late on Tuesday night and assuring him that all his party’s reservations would be redressed.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Fri 22 Jul 2011, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:11 PM

Zardari, who left on Wednesday for Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit, also thanked Altaf for allowing the Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan to resume his office for the sake of continuity and stability of the province.

He assured Altaf that the PPP wanted lasting relationship with the MQM and what happened in recent weeks should be forgotten and the two partners should work for the betterment of the people of Sindh and Pakistan as whole.

According to the PPP and the MQM sources the assurances given by the president to Altaf made it possible for the return of Governor Ebad to resume his responsibilities despite serious reservations from the party’s rank and file who were totally against having any patch-up with the PPP.

Altaf, however, informed the president that the party for the time being had no intention to rejoin the coalition government athe the centre and in Sindh and would play the role of positive opposition.

President Zardari, who met Ebad late on Tuesday night, discussed the issue of running matters according to the formula agreed upon earlier between the two parties as well as the Commissionerate System in Sindh, and restoration of Karachi and Hyderabad to their former status.

Zardari insisted that Ebad coordinate with the Sindh chief minister to end the ongoing tension between the MQM and the PPP and directly monitor the issues between the two parties, as well as play a role in development of the province.


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