For Pakistan’s ‘greater interest’, PPP and MQM-P to work together


  • Bilawal, Zardari meet MQM-P delegation; agree on provincial-level matters.
  • Political situation in country was discussed, says PPP spokesperson.
  • MQM-P with meet with Shahbaz Sharif tomorrow to discuss federal issues. 

ISLAMABAD: Two major political parties PPP and MQM-P have come to an agreement and decided to work together for the country’s “greater interest”, said a spokesperson of the Bilawal Bhutto-led party.

According to a PPP statement, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari met the MQM-P delegation.

The political situation in the country was discussed during the meeting and PPP has agreed to keep better and permanent relations with MQM-P, said the spokesperson.

On the other hand, sources privy to the meeting shared that the PPP and MQM-P have agreed on provincial-level matters.

PPP leaders Yousaf Raza Gillani, Saeed Ghani, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Rukhsana Bangash and others were present during the meeting. 

The MQM-P delegation included Amir Khan, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed Aminul Haque, Waseem Akhtar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Javed Hanif Khan.

The sources further said that MQM-P will meet PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif tomorrow to discuss federal issues. 

‘MQM-P free to make its own choice’

On Sunday, MQM-P leaders told Sindh Governor Imran Ismail that the decision on supporting or opposing the Opposition’s no-trust motion will be made after a review of the current political situation in the country.

MQM-P Convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the party has to make a decision according to the situation in the country.

“We cannot say anything at the moment and we will decide it in our workers’ convention,” Siddiqui said, adding that “MQM-P is free to make its own decision”.

‘Options open for MQM-P’

After meeting PM Imran Khan last week in Karachi, MQM-P leader Aamir Khan had said that “no-confidence motion was not discussed in the meeting.”

“Neither the prime minister sought assurance, nor we assured,” said the MQM-P leader.

He maintained that they are the ally of the government but options are opened for them.

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