ISLAMABAD – The alliance between Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has now become a mysterious ‘marriage of inconvenience’ due to contradictory statements made by PPP leaders.
The latest of all statements in this regard came from senior PPP member and leader of the opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah. He said on Saturday “There was no possibility of MQM joining the Sindh government.”
He also criticized the statements of MQM supremo in which, according to Shah, Altaf Hussain instigated undemocratic forces. He said “Altaf Hussain should understand that democracy in the country has come after long struggle and his undemocratic statements would only worsen the situation. He (Altaf) is instigating the undemocratic forces while his party stands for democracy.”
However, other leaders of PPP do not endorse Shah’s statement. At least not until yesterday when upon his arrival from Dubai, party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari directed senior party leaders to push ahead the negotiations with MQM over prospects of alliance in Sindh.
Zardari’s close associate in matters related to negotiations with other parties, Rehman Malik, had reportedly conducted a series of meetings with MQM’s leaders in Karachi and Dubai. He returned to Pakistan yesterday after attending one such meeting session in Dubai and told media to expect ‘good news’ soon.
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|
|National Peoples Party||02||–||–||02|
|Pakistan Muslim League (Q)||01||–||–||01|