Not joining Sindh government: MQM
26 October, 2013
KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said on Friday that it was not joining the Sindh government.
As the leadership of the MQM and Pakistan People's Party met in Dubai, conflicting reports emerged regarding the invitation to the former to join the Sindh government. Contradicting earlier media reports, an MQM spokesman said the party had not made any decision regarding joining the Sindh government.
He added that the meeting with PPP was part of the political and democratic process. "There is no truth to media reports regarding a decision to join the provincial government," the spokesman said. Earlier media reports said the MQM had declined an invitation to the join the provincial government.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has denied the rumours that Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has invited Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to join the provincial government.
Talking to media persons on Friday, Sharjeel Memon said that the reports regarding meeting of PPP and MQM leadership were baseless and no such meeting was held. He said that the proposed meeting of the leaders of the two political parties in Dubai would be held on the request of the MQM. However, he said that being a political stakeholder the PPP will continue dialogue and consultation with the MQM over Karachi and other provincial issues.
According to media reports, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi ruled out any such possibility, saying his party did not require back-door contacts with any political party. "MQM joining Sindh or federal government is utterly out of question," he said. "Meeting with a political leader should not be considered as a move to join the government," he added referring to the reported meeting of his party leaders with PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Pakistan People's Party Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted on Friday that he did not know anything about an alliance between the PPP and MQM. Bilawal's tweet further said that the two parties should find common ground to work on. On being asked when he was planning to contest elections Bilawal said the decision would be taken by the party.