MQM gives PPP 3 days ultimatum to fulfill 'legitimate' demands

Published: September 25, 2012
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MQM says they can no longer work together with the PPP.

MQM says they can no longer work together with the PPP.

Government coalition members Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has given the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) a three day ultimatum to fulfill their ‘legitimate’ demands.

In a statement released late on Monday, the MQM coordination committee said that an emergency meeting of the party members based in London and Pakistan decided that the MQM will leave the treasury benches for the opposition if the ruling PPP fails to accept their demands.

They claimed that that their proposals were for the greater good of the public at large and should be implemented.

The MQM said that the PPP has yet to come good on their previous promises, and that they were now fast running out of patience. However, they maintained that even as part of the opposition, the MQM will continue working to further democracy and stability in Pakistan.

The release though noted that the committee’s decision has been sent to party chief Altaf Hussian for review. It urged party workers to wait for a future course of action which would be revealed shortly and to prepare for sacrifices, should they be needed.

The statement however failed to specify the nature of demands.

Express News correspondent Naeem Khanzada said that some sources in both parties have revealed that the latest rift revolves around the lack of notification for implementing the local government ordinance signed earlier this month.

Khanzada said that a PPP source hinted that the notification was stalled currently due to President Asif Ali Zardari’s tour of the US.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • JJ
    Sep 25, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Oh no not again……..i think this time they r serious to leave the treasury benches. Recommend

  • salahuddin
    Sep 25, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Right Move …PPP is continuously giving MQM Lollypop & despite major coalition partner , never met a single legitimate demand by MQM . i think PPP should prove itself a true democratic party now & stop treating Sindh as their State .

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  • Tabish
    Sep 25, 2012 - 1:12AM

    This was expected near elections. Actually people were waiting for it. This was a matter of time only. LolzzzRecommend

  • Vaqar
    Sep 25, 2012 - 1:23AM

    Here we go again!!!!!

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  • raza
    Sep 25, 2012 - 1:33AM

    there we go again haven’t we seen this film before LOL

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  • khurram
    Sep 25, 2012 - 1:39AM

    It can never ever materialize.Recommend

  • Canuckistani
    Sep 25, 2012 - 1:47AM

    Here they go again.

    MQM has enjoyed four and a half years of power but wants to tell its voters that they are in opposition. As Tabish said this was expected near elections. MQM does not have any principles.

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  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Sep 25, 2012 - 1:51AM

    One word:
    OpportunistsRecommend

  • Ghani
    Sep 25, 2012 - 2:13AM

    “MQM will leave the treasury benches for the opposition if the ruling PPP fails to accept their demands.”
    This is what we are hearing since long. MQM dont cheat your supporters.Recommend

  • Raza
    Sep 25, 2012 - 2:34AM

    Here we go again….

    lets just face it that the MQM is not going to leave the coalition….
    on the contrary PPP seems to be constantly giving in to their bullying at the expense of their relationships with other parties such as ANP and PML F…..Recommend

  • Zee
    Sep 25, 2012 - 2:35AM

    Not the same drama again…..please come up with something new MQM…where r ur innovative skills!

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  • Raja Islam
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:31AM

    @salahuddin:
    It is simply a question of MQM blackmailing the party in power whether it is the PPP or anyone else. This time it would probably be on the allocation of seats in the assemblies.Recommend

  • Noman
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:47AM

    lol… MQM really thinks people are dumb.. its over guys.. People of Karachi is gonna reject your crap this time InshaAllah.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 25, 2012 - 5:04AM

    MQM has been taken for ride by PPP.

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  • Sep 25, 2012 - 7:29AM

    The MQM is WHOLLY justified. There is visual and practical experience in front of us. The MQM has fought for the rights of the Mohajirs, which are a R-E-A-L-I-T-Y.

    The PPP is regressive and retro in its development and reformatory policies because of their reluctance to leave the PAST. Yes, if the founder, the late great, ZAB, were alive, things would definitely be different.

    Salams to Karachi and Pakistan

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  • Sep 25, 2012 - 7:35AM

    Does it signal that MQM believes that PPP is loosing its support base fast and it is high time to show the people in general that they are the true Representative striving to strengthen the masses. . MQM will continue to stick with coalition.

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  • PakShock
    Sep 25, 2012 - 7:45AM

    What we don’t notice in MQM hatred is: PPP found it’s match/takkar .
    It was far easier for PPP to play trick-or-treat with all other parties than with MQM, the home team, Jasay ko tessa…

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  • liberal_pak
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:22AM

    Why it feels to me “DEJA VUE” :) For the last four and half year, people are sick of hearing the same story repeated after every few months. This is nothing but opportunistic politics to blackmail PPP to get more favors. They were part of Govt and thus they share the responsibility for all the failures with PPP.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:36AM

    So what are the so called “legitimate demands”.
    Honest, one is now tired of these threats .Leave if you want.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 25, 2012 - 9:20AM

    And ladies and gentlemen, after four and half year of our bitter relationship with PPP, we have now decided (7th time) to quit the coalition government – enough is enough, waisey i was of the view that people of karachi are educated and have better political sense
    Me susraal nahi jaoon gi

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  • Sep 25, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Decided to sit in oppsition 3 months before the elections… Thanks MQM for showing your true colors to the ppl of karachi

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  • Ali2Yoz
    Sep 25, 2012 - 9:40AM

    ALLAH have Mercy on us and save us from Hypocrates. ALLAH punish them in this world, make them an example in this world and the life hereafter.

    ALLAH have mercy on Karachi and have Mercy on Pakistan. ALLAH let the justice prevail.

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  • John
    Sep 25, 2012 - 9:41AM

    This is how it goes..you sit on Govt benches for more than four years, enjoy all the perks and privileges… and when the election nears you leave for one reason or the other…get re-elected and live happily ever after.

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  • Allah Dad Khan Dubai,UAE
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:26PM

    MQM has to leave this corrupt & bad Government otherwise in next election peoples will not going to cast their votes for MQM

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  • Nazeer
    Sep 25, 2012 - 7:33PM

    MQM has always been a very difficult ally, even under Musharraf, when it enjoyed considerable influence in Sindh and at the Centre. In line with late Benazir Bhutto’s legacy of reconciliation with all political stakeholders, the PPP sagaciously included the MQM in the coalition government in Sindh, when it did not need its support to form the government, and at the Centre. This also accrued to the advantage of avoiding unnecessary tensions that were sure to confront the government had MQM been kept outside the coalition, given its considerable support base in urban Sindh and hold over the local government in Karachi. Now it seems that the MQM is headed down the path of brinkmanship, which it has always used successfully to extort favourable terms for an exclusive control over areas under its control, which appears jeopardized by the unraveling of Musharraf’s local bodies system. Frictions between the two parties persist because MQM has not been averse to use illegal means to maintain its control.Parochial interests notwithstanding, can we afford to create a fresh front in Karachi when the government is already grappling with a serious security threat in the rest of the country?Recommend

  • Pakistan Citezen
    Sep 26, 2012 - 5:17PM

    @the Skunk: When they support and have fought for rights of Muhajir Then why they make dramas for system change! They are ethinic party and represntatives of a community not sindh nor pakistan. They only do politics for power grabbing not for people. Thats obvious and we have seen since 2 decades.

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  • GuessWht!
    Sep 26, 2012 - 10:30PM

    @Pakistan Citezen:
    Ofcourse you can not blame a political party for wanting to have power to run the office of Public Affairs, can you? Again, to take the power from public without their vote is ruthless leadership. Not many parties these days are genuinely for the whole country, do they? Most all parties have this or that ethnic group calling it their OWN, do you see that? If we love our ethnicity more than the nationality this will happen all the time, don’t you think? By the way as an unbiased non party person I see MQM has tabled more National & Strategic bills on the assembly floor than any other party in last few years. Lets please play an All-inclusive game than an Exclusive-One in the favor of the whole country.

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