'Not the President of one party, but of all Pakistanis', vows Mamnoon Hussain

MQM says their support for Mamnoon Hussain is unconditional but not without expectations of betterment.

Web Desk July 26, 2013
PML-N's presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain is garlanded upon his arrival at MQM headquarters 90. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Having secured support the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the upcoming Presidential elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) presidential candidate said if elected, he will be a neutral President.

"If I am elected as president, i will make sure that I am not the president of one party, but of all Pakistanis," Hussain said during a joint press conference outside MQM headquarters 90 in Karachi, in an apparent swipe at man he hopes to replace.

"Since I belong to Karachi, it will be my special priority to address the specific problems of Karachi the best I can."

MQM's deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddique while addressing the combined press conference reiterated that the MQM will unconditionally support Hussain for the July 30 elections.

"While it is unconditional support, it is with the expectation that the incumbent government will work to solve Pakistan's economic crisis, eradication of poverty, terrorism. For good governance in getting us out of an economic crisis."

Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) delegation visited the MQM headquarters at 90 in Karachi and formally invited the MQM to join the federal government, Express News reported.

In a high level meeting on Friday night between the PML-N and MQM delegation at the latter's headquarters at 90 in Karachi, MQM formally announced its support for PML-N’s presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain in the July 30 presidential elections.

A high powered MQM delegation welcomed their guests including Governor Sind Ishratul Ebad, Deputy Convener Rabita Committee Khalid Maqbool Siddique, member Rabita Committee Amir Khan, Syed Sardar Ahmed, and opposition leader Faisal Sabzwari.

PML-N presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain accompanied by the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid along with other political leaders were part of the delegation.

During the meeting, MQM chief Altaf Hussain also spoke to PML-N members via telephone.

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi tweeted about the ongoing meeting.


PML-N had earlier formally requested MQM for its support in the upcoming presidential elections.

Sources said that all formalities allowing the MQM to extend its support to the PML-N were almost complete. The mutual cooperation between PML-N and MQM is expected to continue even after the presidential elections scheduled to be held on July 30.

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