Rehman Malik convinced MQM, Zardari calls in party leaders


KARACHI – Rehman Malik’s Dubai visit comes as a success where he was believed to be busy in negotiations with Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leadership over the prospects of their possible inclusion in Sindh government, after which Asif Ali Zardari ordered to convene an important meeting at Bilawal House.

The former president and co-chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) called party leadership to convene at Bilawal House in Karachi where decisions to include MQM in Sindh cabinet will be finalized.

Earlier, Rehman Malik – while speaking to media personnel at airport on his return from Dubai – said negotiations with MQM came as expected and media will be informed with any further development.

Asif Ali Zardari himself was in Dubai for past few days. According to party sources, he was busy negotiating with ‘angry’ members of PPP and finally formed a three-member-committee with Aitzaz Ahsan leading it to address the grievances. He arrived Karachi separately this morning.

MQM is the largest opposition party in Sindh Assembly as latest with its 48 members. In the previous Sindh Assembly from 2008-2013, MQM and PPP remained coalition partners not only in Sindh but also in federation, however, their partnership remained in continuous mar.

Election 2013 Party Position in Sindh Assembly

Party General Seats Women Seats Non Muslim Seats Total
Pakistan Peoples Party 64 +1 16 5 86
Muttahidda Qaumi Movement 36 09 03 48
Pakistan Muslim League (F ) 07 02 01 10
Pakistan Muslim League (N ) 03+02 01 06
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf 3 01 04
National Peoples Party 02 02
Pakistan Muslim League (Q) 01 01
Independents 01 01

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