Delegations of the PPP and the MQM had an important meeting at the Sindh CM House on Tuesday for ironing out outstanding issues between the two partners of the federal governing coalition.
The two sides mutually worked out a number of contentious issues, which, according to their leaders, would now be formally approved by the MQM Rabita Committee and the PPP top leadership.
The MQM delegation was led by party's convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, while Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah led the PPP side. Other attendees from the MQM included Sindh Governor Kamran Tesuri, Federal Minister Faisal Sabzwari, Khawaja Izharul Hasan, former Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem and former Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar.
CM Shah was assisted by provincial cabinet members Saeed Ghani, Sharjeel Memon, Waqar Mehdi, and Murtaza Wahab.
In the meeting, the two sides agreed to further improve working relationship.
Development projects of Karachi and rehabilitation of infrastructure affected by the recent heavy rains also came up for discussion.
The two sides agreed to solve the city's problems on a priority basis while a detailed discussion was held on ensuring implementation of a political agreement between the MQM and the PPP. After the meeting, Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, along with Khawaja Izharul Hasan, jointly addressed the media. They said that the coalition parties stood with the state institutions. There is an agreement between the MQM and the PPP on many points on the Local Government Act, they added.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 9th, 2022.
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