Presidential elections: MQM decides to back PML-N candidate

Published: July 25, 2013
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The presidential elections are scheduled for July 30.

The presidential elections are scheduled for July 30.

ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: Following drawn out consultations within the party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday said it had decided to back the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate for the President, Express News reported.

The MQM’s consultations lasted for nearly two days before arriving at the decision.

The Presidential elections are due to be held on July 30.

PPP woos PTI

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Peoples Party members met with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan to discuss the possibility of fielding a joint candidate for election of the president due to be held on July 30.

The meeting was held here at Imran Khan’s  residence and covered a host of issues including uniting opposition and also pondering on the option of boycotting the election in protest to provision of very short time to the candidates for campaigning.

Talking to media, PPP leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that  during the brief meeting, both the parties had detailed discussion upon the issues related to the presidential election.

He said the nation would get good news over the presidential election on Friday after a follow-up meeting between the PPP and PTI.

PPP has nominated Raza Rabbani as its candidate, while the PTI has put forward Justice (retired) Wajihuddin as their candidate for the president’s seat.

JUI-F undecided

In what could be a swing vote, the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that his party is yet to decide whom to back in the upcoming Presidential elections.

According to Radio Pakistan, Rehman met with Nawaz on Thursday and said that he will announce his party’s decision on Friday.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • asim
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:44PM

    MQM is a bunch of criminals with no values at all and roll where there find money

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  • Steve
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Why is nobody surprised..?

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  • Rizzo
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:53PM

    MQM is alliance with pmln. I expect positive out come for country.

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  • PTI_Supporter
    Jul 25, 2013 - 11:04PM

    That’s why Ch Nisar went to Karachi to seal the deal. Karachites guess what will happen to you for the next 5 years.

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  • Luciferous
    Jul 25, 2013 - 11:18PM

    Darn you MQM!!
    Now I’ll have to withdraw from my Masters in Ingratiation too!!!!

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  • shahid
    Jul 25, 2013 - 11:34PM

    it is a pity that PPP did not appericiate MQM’S sacrifices for them. They did not respected MQM’s mandate and totaly cornered them without sharing any power such as urban areas population were either non Sindhis, or second class citizens. Mqm did thier best to keep harmony between all segments of population living in Sindh and bridge the gap between new and Old sindhis but yiou cannot clap with one hand.in this context MQM decision to Support PMLN candidate was logical and is supported

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  • Khurram The Muhajir
    Jul 26, 2013 - 12:10AM

    MQM has no ideology whatsoever… they will support anyone

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  • The Power of Reason
    Jul 26, 2013 - 12:40AM

    A sound and pragmatic decision by mqm – for two major reasons. One, ppp’s candidate stands no chance. Two, ppp by acting intransigent over the revised local government law in sindh has made it impossible for mqm to be seen taking sides with ppp. In any case, mamnoon husain has a good, non controversial reputation and is a thorough karachiite. As they say in urdu, apna maaray chhaaoun main daalay, ghair maaray dhoop main daalay!

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  • Hasan
    Jul 26, 2013 - 12:51AM

    To All MQM Bashers,

    Regardsless of Whomever MQM supports or PPP or even PTI, PMLN’s candidate will win regardless. So if you want to conduct politcs over this non-issue be my guest. But our dear country has other PROBLEM which take precedence over your TOP DRAMA.

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  • Roni
    Jul 26, 2013 - 1:29AM

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-110990-Cabinet-extends-jobs-quota-in-govt-service-for-20-years

    Cabinet extends jobs quota in govt service for 20 years
    News: PML-N govt decided to extend the job quota system for another 20 years. This was done without any debate in NA or Senate or any discussion with political parties.
    Result: The largest party of Karachi has decided to support PML-N soon after that decision!

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  • confused
    Jul 26, 2013 - 1:48AM

    The awkward moment when PMLN and MQM start making logical decisions whereas PTI starts turning back from its promises during election campaigning.

    p.s. has Khan saab contacted the Sukker attackers for talks yet?

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  • abcd
    Jul 26, 2013 - 1:49AM

    The PTI troll logic:

    Drones in FATA caused Sukker attacks.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jul 26, 2013 - 1:59AM

    @shahid:

    All MQM did was sell out Karachites for their personal gains, they backed out at everything and never stood by PPP. I think quitting government five times and constant blackmail and threats to PPP show exactly what sacrifices were made by them.

    MQM is doing what it always does the best; lick, bow and prostrate to the rising sun to get into government.

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  • Zahir
    Jul 26, 2013 - 2:03AM

    And so once again MQM begins its journey to join the government in larger interest of the country.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 26, 2013 - 2:04AM

    Good job done by MQM.

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  • Silent Observer
    Jul 26, 2013 - 2:17AM

    Last 5 years they disowned many things! Once again they will form an alliance with PML (N). Cricket say layna dayna nahi but friendly match :p I like that :p

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  • arzal ahmed
    Jul 26, 2013 - 2:55AM

    @asim: And u r that treasurer who is handling that money transaction. Come on be more than a couch potato.lol

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  • arzal ahmed
    Jul 26, 2013 - 2:59AM

    To all those MQM bashers, what if MQM support PTI or PPP candidate, then what would be your reaction I bet same, because it not sanity rather bias and haterad that draws your conclusion.

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  • Bilal
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:03AM

    Secret Deal : MQM will support N-League in presidential elections, In return N league will not change Sind Governor, Sources say.

    What a deal :) does that means Karachi will keep burning for next 5 years again ??

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  • Acerbic
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:21AM

    Worshipers of rising Sun :) is the word.

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  • Maliha Husain
    Jul 26, 2013 - 10:34AM

    @Hasan: If we get the right person for the job, some of these issues will actually start getting resolved. Otherwise we have seen it so often, power in the hands of one person or one group and it is so easy to abuse it. Why can’t we think about what is good for the country and for its citizens?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 26, 2013 - 12:28PM

    @Khurram The Muhajir: Dear just list down who MQM should support !

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 26, 2013 - 12:30PM

    @PTI_Supporter: Karachites guess what will happen to you for the next 5 years.

    We can not guess, please be generous enough to enlighten us.

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  • Hasan
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:36PM

    @Maliha Husain: Stop Fooling the public and accept the reality, PML-N’s candidate can’t be defated. Thats realtiy and we have to cope with it. and Mind you this pupper WajiUddin Ahmed is no saint either. We have to move on from politics of revenge and this for the country. Apparent MQM is the only one doing that, and I can see lot of people have problem with that.

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  • just_someone
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:23PM

    What happened to Ayesha M, where is she now when her overloads are supporting the people they blame for every wrong in the world!

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  • Wajahat
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:25PM

    There is an open contradiction in PML-N promises and their deeds. I am sure people would not have forgotten the verbal brawl between PML-N and MQM lawmakers in the near past. There were open abuse, disgrace and mudslinging. MQM hurled personal attacks on PML-N leadership and their families but same PML-N is rushing towards MQM to seek support for their presidential candidate. How power hungry and shameless leadership is this. On the other hand MQM is such a party that can do anything to remain in power.

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  • A Pakistani
    Jul 27, 2013 - 5:10AM

    @ Wajahat
    Your conspiracy theory doesn’t work this time around.
    It’s time to forget the past and move ahead to clear Pakistan from multitude challenges.

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  • sohail khan
    Jul 27, 2013 - 10:44AM

    Good decision by MQM to support PMLN candidate. PPP was never sincere with MQM and kept playing and blackmailing them throughout 5 years. PPP used ANP, Lyari gangesters and sindhi nationalists to keep MQM constantly under pressure. MQM should be sincere with PMLN for solving the issues of sindh urban population and not merely solve problem of their leader.

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