Published On: Mon, Jan 13th, 2020
Published in Category: Government

Govt speeds up efforts to settle MQM-P’s reservations

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Soon after Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Convener Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi announced his resignation as the Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication over certain reservations with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government on Sunday, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail telephoned the allied party members of the MQM-P and complained that Siddiqui should have contacted the federal government before making such a decision.

Importantly, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar to lead a delegation of the party tomorrow to hold a meeting with the MQM-P leaders.

Moreover, PM Imran Khan has also contacted the Sindh Governor to settle the issues, after which local leadership of the party is also expected to meet the MQM-P leaders.

Sources familiar with the matter told the media that PM Imran Khan has termed the demands of the MQM-P as “valid”, and all commitments with the allied party would be fulfilled.

“The MQM-P is the best and most trusted ally of the government […] Karachi is the economic hub of the state and cannot be neglected” the premier is reported to have said, adding that the people of Karachi had expressed their confidence into the PTI, and therefore their trust would not be hurt.

On the other hand, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood expressed hope that the MQM-P would remain an ally of the PTI’s government, and stated that their concerns would be resolved together. “Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is dreaming of elections in 2020.”

Furthermore, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda also contacted Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem, who is a member of the MQM-P, to discuss about the current political scenario in the country. Mr Vawda assured the law minister of resolution of all problems.

Meanwhile Asad Umar has telephoned disgruntled Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) Convener Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui over the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

According to sources of a private TV channel, Asad Umar assured Siddiqui that the reservations of MQM-P leadership will be resolved and a delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will visit its headquarters in Bahardurabad on today (Monday).

The MQM-P leader said that his political party is not demanding for any ministries in the Centre, said sources. Siddiqui expressed his reservations with the PTI minister, showing displeasure over the Rs25 billion funds for the development projects to the Karachi Mayor, whereas, the payment of Rs5 billion development funds to the Hyderabad mayor is also pending.

He said that the federal government is only making promises but failed to dispatch a single penny for the Karachi development projects, sources added.

Siddiqui complained about bearing extreme pressure for the nationals over MQM-P leadership for the continuous delay in resolution of public issues. He added that MQM-P is not in need to get ministries except to resolve public issues on a priority basis.