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PSP, MQM-P Consultative Huddles End, Joint PC Shortly  

Karachi (November 8, 2017): The consultative meetings of Pakistan Sirzameen Party (PSP) and Mutahida Quami Movement (MQM) have ended to decide to form grand alliance to resolve Karachi issues.

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The joint press conference likely to be held shortly.

Talking media, after the meeting, MQM-Pakistan leader Khuwaja Izharul Hassan said that the grand alliance is being to formed in the city in the wide interest of the city.

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“In the interest of the city grand alliance will be welcomed and people will be severed on priority basis,” he said adding that no party can remove the  other only hurling statements, therefore there is need of grand alliance in the city.

Earlier,  Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) decided to join hand to solve Karachi issues. 

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Later, Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) mulled to postpone crucial press conference after strong opposition by some of the senior leaders. It was expected that Farooq Sattar would announce to join hands with Pakistan Sirzameen Party (PSP).

Sources informed that the leaders of the both parties have decided in principle to join hands for the solution of Karachi problems.

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A working formula that would see both parties working together in an effort to resolve Karachi’s issues including delimitation was reportedly agreed upon.

According to reports, the working formula is based on the MQM-P not demanding resignations of party members who switched to the PSP.

Reservations over the recently announced census results are likely to be expressed by both leaders.

The decision to hold the press conference was taken by leaders of both parties last night, while talks were underway since the last two months.

The MQM-P, earlier today, held a meeting of the party’s high command at its PIB office. Arriving for the meeting, MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar said that the party is the name of a movement, as he hinted towards a development taking place. “People are saying something is happening – something should happen”.

PSP Chief Mustafa Kamal neither accepted nor denied the rumours of a possible merger between the two parties.

“We will let you know when the time comes,” he smiled and said to the reporters around midafternoon today (Wednesday).

MQM-P leader Rauf Siddiqui while speaking to media outside the Sindh Assembly stressed that whatever decision was taken by his party it would not be a surprise.

“Right now the party is meeting and whatever decision is taken it will not be a surprise. Pakistan needs unity right now and in this situation, everyone needs to be on the same page,” Siddiqui said.

“I consider this a welcome move if a grand alliance is formed for the betterment of the city,” MQM-P leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan said.

“The city has long awaited for peace and unity, so a decision that’s for the betterment of the city [Karachi] and the province is a welcome change,” he remarked.

PSP leader Raza Haroon told reporters that any decision taken by both the parties while taking into consideration betterment of the people of the country will be appreciated by the entire Pakistan.

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Earlier on Tuesday in a press conference, PSP Chairperson Kamal vowed to create a bloc against the MQM-P in the legislative assemblies with the elected representatives that have switched over to his party.

Kamal has earlier said that MQM ‘is an enemy of Pakistan.’ He had claimed that ‘muhajirs are vulnerable’ because of the party.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra also switched loyalties and announced to join the ranks of PSP on October 29. Speaking to media regarding his decision at the party’s central office, Pakistan House, Vohra remarked that he is grateful to the people of Karachi who gave them the mandate.

“Unfortunately, I was not able to deliver to the people of Karachi,” he lamented. “We have been quite unjust to the people of Pakistan,” he shared.

Vohra had also shared that other leaders and workers of MQM along with MNAs want to joint PSP.

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