Pakistan: MQMP reluctant to join federal cabinet

Islamabad, April 13 : The Mutahida Quami Miovement-Pakistan (MQMP) announced that it had decided not to join the federal cabinet and instead extend support to the Shehbaz Sharif government from the outside, The News reported on Wednesday. They said that they have informed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif about their decision. Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, chief of the MQM-P said that his party had detailed discussion with the fellow leaders of the coalition government about the formation of the government and said that the MQMP is more keen to implement the commitments made by the coalition leaders to address the problems being faced by Karachi and other areas. He said that the commitments that were made are significant and must be fulfilled for the well being of the commercial capital of the country. Dr Maqbool however, did not comment on the observations made by former Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar, where he took exception to the speech of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the National Assembly Monday where he failed to mention the commitments made with the MQM-P. The MQMP had two slots of the federal cabinet of the PTI. Syed Aminul Haque was IT minister while Senator Farogh Nasim was the law minister, representing the MQMP in the government. The sources said the MQMP was offered two slots in the new federal government, apart from Sindh’s governorship and about half a dozen slots in Sindh cabinet beside m cipal charge of three big cities of the province including mayor’s post of Karachi. However, the party has not taken any decision on whether they will accept these assignments. ACL1006

Leave a Comment