PPP-MQM Coalition: Deadline expires, alliance survives

Published: March 15, 2011
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President successful in allaying MQM's concerns, most reservations addressed. PHOTO: FILE

President successful in allaying MQM's concerns, most reservations addressed. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

After a week-long separation stint, the coalition partners Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) are back together, yet again.

Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House late Monday evening, in a meeting termed “cordial” by the president’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who flew into Karachi Monday evening after meeting MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London, was also present at the meeting.

The participants reiterated the resolve that political reconciliation will continue for the sake of political stability, Babar said while addressing the post-meeting press briefing.

They also agreed that strict action will be taken against criminals, irrespective of political, religious or institutional affiliations, he added.

Earlier, Malik briefed the president on his meeting with the MQM chief in London.

Sources present at the meeting said the president was able to allay MQM’s concerns while most of their reservations have been addressed.

The commissioner system and the local bodies’ elections in the province were also discussed, even though no timeframe was mentioned at the meeting, sources added.

The breakthrough had already been made in London on Sunday, during Malik’s meeting with Hussain that was followed by the message that PPP-MQM alliance would continue, sources said.

A meeting between an MQM delegation and the president is likely on Tuesday, after which a joint statement by the coalition partners is expected, they added.

The MQM would also end boycotting sessions of the Senate, the National and provincial assemblies, sources added.

The recent rift between the two parties had emerged in reaction to an announcement by the Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiquar Mirza that People’s Amn Committee (PAC) is a subsidiary of the PPP.

The public admission prompted MQM to declare a review of its position as a coalition partner to the PPP. A week-long deadline that expired at midnight on Monday was set by the party for the PPP to renounce its patronage of the PAC.

While the government has yet to disown the PAC, sources say it has been able to tactfully maneuver the situation and keep the alliance with the MQM intact.

MQM hails judicial commission for loan recovery

The coordination committee (CC) of the MQM has warmly welcomed the suggestion by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to establish a commission for taking action against those who availed loans worth more than Rs100 million from the national exchequer, and had them written off.

The recovery of such loans, demanded consistently by the MQM chief, would help the anemic economy of the country, the committee added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • samad bilwany
    Mar 15, 2011 - 9:50AM

    Mr. president,include in ppp’ manifesto a new province for the muhajir community of karachi & hyderabad.We’ve built karachi into the economic powerhouse it is today,we deserve a province of our own.if ppp is going to back the creation of a new saraiki province,then it should back the creation of a new muhajir province also.Recommend

  • adeel irfan
    Mar 15, 2011 - 9:55AM

    authorities should take notice of the closure of the punjabi laguage department in bahauddin zakria university in multan due to the pressure put by ppp to close it down.

    All of pakistan knows that ppp has an anti-punjab mission but such measures will lead to more anarchy in the country.Recommend

  • faraz akhter
    Mar 15, 2011 - 10:11AM

    ppp should concentrate on improving the economy instead of trying to break up pakistan. it should focus on providing roti,kapra aur makaan instead of continuing with its destroy punjab agenda.

    If it’s so keen to bulid new provinces,it should start by dividing sindh to build a new province for the urdu,gujrati,memoni speaking people of sindh.Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 15, 2011 - 11:13AM

    nothing new here- these people are two sides of the same rotten coin- so long as MQM can help prolong Zardari’s rule, he will keep them dear to their heart- the day he gets a chance, he will sting them so bad that they wouldn’t know what hit them but again neither are they so innocent- so its all about not rocking the boat!!! keep screwing people of Pakistan in this circus thoughRecommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 15, 2011 - 11:44AM

    I had commented earlier on other stories related to the MQM-PPP relationships that MQM will never leave the government. I was right like many others. MQM has been blackmailing all the governments and PPP is no exceptions. MQM is friend of no one. This is an ethnic entity although has been claiming to have following from Karachi to Azad Kashmir. When it comes to gaining advantage out of this crippled government it shoes its true face of an ethnic entity and resorts to ultimatums but when they get their benefits then go back to the Sindh Assembly and whatever PPP does becomes hunky dory. MQM’s appetite for extortion of benefits has no limits.

    Regarding Samad Bilwany’s comment on this thread, he should refrain from such divisive statement particularly when MQM is claiming that it is a mainstream party and Altaf has denied he ever wanted Jinnahpur.Recommend

  • Gill
    Mar 15, 2011 - 12:33PM

    I have started to believe on the myth that humans have been created from monkeys. Recommend

  • osama
    Mar 15, 2011 - 12:34PM

    These 2 parties, and all the other parties only striving, negotiating and supporting each other for their own good self interest and conflicts / reservations created due to non-fulfillment of one’s interest and evil motive.
    All these politicians, since inception of Pakistan, they believe that Pakistan will develop itself as there are so many competent CITIZENS working for the well being of the country and they will and their generations will. BUT, these corrupted leaders will continue to rule and eat up all the reserves of Pakistan.

    We need sincere politicians, it only happen when vote our vote sincerely.Recommend

  • Hmmm
    Mar 15, 2011 - 12:47PM

    When is the next episode due? I think whenever the phone bills of Mr. Revolutionist Altaf Hussain get too high to pay – he fights with PPP and Rehman Malik flies on the taxpayers’ money to help him pay his phone bills – so that Altaf gets back to pour the words of wisdom in the ears of the 98 percent ‘ghareeb and ‘mutawasssat tabqa’.Recommend

  • Realist
    Mar 15, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Waooo…..we have to see such day when we are dividing the country on lingual basis….like a freinds mentioned amde mahajir province….siraiki province….same hindko and later many more….I would say guys our politicians are illetrate and trying to isolate the country on thier voters demand as they see that in future they not gonna get govt in big cities so having govt in small states would eb good ebough for them to politice any issue and also to make money for their foreign accounts…..so that why they r doing….it will break PML hold in province….which is good becaise all leaders from PML PPP and MQM doesnot deserve any level of government…GOD please do something so that we could never see them again…..bring and upsode down change in everything and specially that vanisches their account….Recommend

  • Lala
    Mar 15, 2011 - 1:38PM

    Topi Drama! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2011 - 2:19PM

    seconded the suggestion @ Samad Bilwany and would like to add – time is ripe now for a new province in Sind for Karachi/Hyderabad may it be called Jinnahpur or whatever appropiate – Also why not go for more provinces for Punjab alongwith – this may ease management and progressive for Developments to bring Pakistan at Par with the developed countries.Recommend

  • yousuf dhedi
    Mar 15, 2011 - 2:21PM

    A concerted,preplanned campaign to lead to the destruction of the punjabi people has been launched by the ppp which has shown its real racist face.

    The ppp is on a campaign to destroy punjab one way or another,be it the racist attacks from the sindh ppp or gilani’s attempt to break up punjab into new provinces.gilanis should start by including in ppp’s manifesto a new province for the mohajirs in sindh.Recommend

  • aamir merchant
    Mar 15, 2011 - 2:23PM

    The memon community has contributed a lot to the development of sindh.we have set up factories,businesses & a lot of business in the stock exchange is done by us.we demand that mr. zardari include a new province created from breaking up sindh for us also in ppp’s manifesto.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2011 - 3:14PM

    For everyone sitting in their drawing rooms, in posh areas of Karachi, and more outside Karachi, they need to take a broader look.

    The non coalition resulted in 50 deaths within a week in Karachi – it is more like, if you don’t support us, we won’t protect you – so for sanity sake, and for the sake of the security of ‘my’ life, I hereby dedicate my full support for the coalition.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 15, 2011 - 4:19PM

    we need to look it from other way around; they are not protecting us rather they are killing us if we dont support them, so it’s like get rid off them rather waiting for the same to happen again, which to me is not for the last time, we can wait for the next episode of 50 killings in KHI or elsewhere…. So they are the real terrorists killing people…Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 15, 2011 - 6:32PM

    @Pakistani:
    @samad bilwany:

    Agreed! 100%Recommend

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