Karachi (August 01, 2018): The Pakistan People’s Party has offered Muttahida Qaumi Movement to join them as partner in Sindh Government once again and abandon Imran Khan’s offer to join federal government.
According to sources, PPP leadership has asked MQM-Pakistan leadership to decide to make choice between the federal and Sindh cabinet. They have been conveyed a clear message to the MQM leadership that the latter would not be welcomed to the Sindh cabinet if it decides to join the PTI government in the center too.
Sources told further that it was not possible that the MQM can become part of both the federal and provincial governments.
“MQM will have to chose one of them,” said a source.MQM has won 16 Sindh Assembly seats in the elections held on July 25 and six National National Assembly seats.
It has also been invited by the PTI to join the central government but the party has yet to make any decision.
Earlier on Monday night, a delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf under Jahangir Tareen met Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s Bahadurabad office to seek party’s support in the formation of government in the centre.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Tuesday announced that Rabitta Committee will make the final decision on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s invitation to join the federal government.
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MQM-P has put forward its demands before the PTI leaders to get its six-member support in the lower house, sources said.
The demand includes Karachi Package, constitutional amendment for empowered local bodies, administrative units for the urban Sindh, community police and mass transit in Karachi. The MQM-P has conditioned its support on the acceptance of their demands.In a press conference held after the meeting, Tareen said that he had a positive meeting with the MQM leadership and has invited the party to join federal government, adding that the people of Karachi gave a joint mandate to the PTI and Siddiqui’s party.
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“To move forward we have to think of the masses. Its in the manifesto of PTI to resolve basic issues of the metropolis,” he said. “We will resolve water, transport, infrastructural issues of the city.”
Siddiqui said that the party found similar views on many of the issues with the PTI leader.“Its a pleasant surprise for us that we have commonalities. We have an agreement over strong and independent local bodies system,” he said. Siddiqui said that both the parties will help each other to address the reservations over the election results.
“We spoke on re-counting and census in our meeting. Imran Khan has already said that he would address the reservations of people on election results.”
Siddiqui said that the bitter past between the two parties can change into co-operation in future.Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former Sindh governor Mohammad Zubair also met MQM-P leaders to get support from them.
After the meeting, Ex-Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and MQM-Pakistan Leaders including Farooq Sattar, Aamir Khan and Faisal Sabzwari rejected the election results and said that it was completely rigged.
Addressing Media in Karachi, Muhammad Zubair said that both PML N and MQM-Pakistan have strong reservations over election 2018. He said that MQM-P is real representative of Karachi.
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Ex Governor said that the main purpose of election 2018 was to select PTI to rule.
Zubair remarked that the two parties will continue to stay in the touch in the coming few weeks, adding that MQM-Pakistan also has reservations regarding the way elections were conducted.
Regarding the meeting, he shared that the representatives of the two parties discussed the conditions in Sindh especially Karachi alongside the political situation which has emerged following the General Election 2018.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, MQM-P’s Faisal Sabzwari said that failing of RTS system was not any political party’s fault. He said that we have reservations with election 2018, that’s why we raised the voice before anyone else.Replying to a question, Faisal Sabzwari further said that we would meet Jehangir Tareen led PTI delegation and keep all the arguments in Rabitta Committee to finalize.
Moreover, MQM-Pakistan leader Faisal Sabzwari alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan was involved in the rigging the elections for the first time. “The failure of the result transmission system shows that ECP was unsuccessful in its task.”
The returning officers must recount votes as per the law, he claimed.
“People whose own party wouldn’t vote for them won. How is this possible,” Sabzwari asked.With regards to Form 45, he questioned where was it filled? “Who knows where it was filled as the polling agents weren’t present at the time votes were being counted.”
Form 45 was supposed to be submitted on the day of the election rather than being uploaded on the website after a week, he said.
When asked about the Karachi operation, Zubair clarified that it was held to bring peace to the city. “Karachi operation was not against MQM,” he said.