After entering a final round of negotiations, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) are expected to join Sindh government soon, according to latest reports.
Two separate meetings were held at Bilawal House on Thursday with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and former interior minister Rehman Malik briefing President Zardari about their negotiation with the MQM leadership. Earlier, in the day, the chief minister went to Governor House where he held a detailed meeting with Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on this issue.
Sources familiar with the development told The Express Tribune that MQM, which had earlier decided to sit on the opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly would join the provincial government soon.
“The MQM is demanding five ministries, but PPP is willing to induct their three members into the provincial cabinet. More or less, Muttahida will get its old portfolios,” a senior leader of PPP said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.