Zardari announces coalition partnership with MQM in Sindh

Published: March 18, 2015
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Zardari directs party members to gear up for local body elections. PHOTO: AFP

Zardari directs party members to gear up for local body elections. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Days after a raid at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters Nine-Zero, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday announced that a coalition partnership with MQM in the Sindh government.

Addressing lawmakers of Sindh Assembly, whom Zardari had invited to a lunch meeting at the Bilawal House, said, “We cannot leave MQM alone halfway in current situation.  They have supported us in a difficult time especially in the Senate elections. How can we forget it? This does not suit our culture or tradition.”

“They are in trouble. We have decided to make an alliance with them.”

“We have made this decision. What do you say.” he repeated.

At this point, sources in the party said that all the MPAs, including Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and cabinet members were tight-lipped, except for Nadir Magsi.

“Though many party leaders have concern on this coalition partnership, I personally believe that a decision of joining them should be made without any delay. We should not spend too much time thinking about it,” Magsi said.

The PPP co-chairman replied, “We have decided to make an alliance with them.”

A spokesperson for Bilawal House said that the former President Asif Ali Zardari congratulated the Party MPAs from Sindh for standing by the Party decisions and voting in a disciplined and dignified manner in the recent Senate elections.

Praising the MPAs, he said there were reports of uproar and furor in other Assemblies on and before the polling day, but the Senate elections in Sindh went smoothly for which the house and the members deserve applause.

Former President spoke in detail with the MPAs about the Party strategy for the Senate elections and cooperation by the Party allies.

Zardari also directed the MPAs to prepare themselves and the party cadres for the upcoming local body elections and mobilise the masses in their respective constituencies and to stary head hunting for this purpose.

Those who attended the meeting include Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, MNA and PPP Women Wing President Faryal Talpur, Sherry Rehman, Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and others.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • ali
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:09AM

    wao! will this coalition rescue both the parties from sinking ?Recommend

  • QB
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:12AM

    So instead of asking the question “what were killers of innocent people and loads of high-grade weapons doing at the head quarter of a political party?” Mr. Zardari comes running to support them. What a case of twisted priorities. It’s obvious that PPP is more concerned about the killers being arrested then the loss of civilian life. It’s like criminals coming to protect other criminals in the name of democracy.

    I hope that we, as nation have woken up and can see how these pathetic leaders make us fools. Let’s say no more. Let’s have these thugs join hands so that they all can be routed out together once and for all.Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:31AM

    With all fairness I can Say that Zardari is the only leader in Pakistan who has no ethnic or religios prejudices. I think this step will go a long way to bring new and old sindhis closer. Thank you Mr.Zardari for Keeping everybody togather. Recommend

  • anaynmous
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:54AM

    Now, PPP and MQM are on one page and PML-N and PTI are on page.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:25AM

    Altaf Hussain makes the oldest profession in the world look good.Bhai is all set,yet again,to fight feudalism while getting in bed with Wadera Corruption Party and pity on his cult followers who cant even question him as everything Altaf Hussain does or will do,will always be right.Its about time MQM and Wadera Corruption Party should merge as one party as both have a lot in common including pseudo secularism,militant wings and the penchant for destroying Karachi to bits.
    People of Karachi,remember this Alliance next time you go out voting,know your enemies!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:02AM

    Coalition of the crooksRecommend

  • Shaikh
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:36AM

    PTI one on side….rest of the parties on the other. AS USUAL!Recommend

  • Mir Raja Sindhi
    Mar 18, 2015 - 9:14AM

    Sindhis are supporting MQM and Urdu Speaking. Hope Urdu speaking community now will understand their role and integrate with Sindhi people, they will learn Sindhi language and don’t try to break Sindh or betray us. And they become true sons of Sindh and Pakistan. No criminal elements should be allowed, all roads to a peaceful Sindh and progressive Pakistan.Recommend

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