Opposition, MQM-P reach agreement on no-trust move

The MQM-P has been seeking an answer to its demands from both the government and the opposition in writing


Our Correspondent March 30, 2022
MQM-P meets with PPP leadership at a luncheon hosted by later in Islamabad. PHOTO: PPP MEDIA CELL

ISLAMABAD:

The joint opposition and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) finally reached an agreement on late Tuesday night regarding the no-confidence motion tabled against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly.

The MQM-P spokesperson officially confirmed that an agreement was drafted with the opposition, saying details of the agreement would be revealed in a news conference at 4pm on Wednesday.

“The united opposition and MQM-P have reached an agreement. The MQM-P’s Rabita Committee and the PPP’s CEC will ratify the said agreement. We will then share the details with the media in a news conference. Congratulations Pakistan,” PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted.

Reportedly, the MQM-P joined the opposition after the PML-Q decided to side with the government when Premier Imran took resignation from Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and offered the position to PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in exchange for the party’s support on the no-trust motion against him.

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Apparently, as the MQM-P has chosen sides, the opposition parties will have more than the required numbers to oust PM Imran through the vote of no confidence even without the PTI’s roughly two dozen dissidents.

The decision had to be announced in a late night news conference of the joint opposition and the MQM-P leadership at the Parliament Lodges but at around 3am, it was decided to make the announcement on Wednesday at 4pm.

Sources said that both the sides reached written agreements at provincial and federal level, assuring the MQM-P that all their demands would be fulfilled.

The MQM-P has been seeking an answer to its demands from both the government and the opposition in writing, saying that the party would side with whoever comes up with a better response as it has to satisfy its voters and supporters.

The demands included opening of the party’s offices, recovery of missing party workers, discarding of “fake” cases against the party leadership and workers, among other things.

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