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PPP, PML-Q to jointly contest next polls: Faisal

24 July, 2011

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in principle have reached an understanding for a seat-to-seat adjustment in the next general elections.

“We will contest the next general elections with seat-to-seat adjustments and most of the matters relating to this understanding have been decided,” Federal Minister for Housing and Works and PML-Q leader Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat said, while talking informally to newsmen here on Saturday.

The housing minister performed the opening of an underpass at sector G-13, a housing scheme of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation.

Faisal said the two parties have also decided that they would contest the upcoming Senate elections in March next year with mutual understanding and adjustment.

Faisal, who parted ways with the PPP during the Musharraf tenure along with a number of other party parliamentarians and created the PPP-Patriots and then switched over to the PML-Q, however, did not respond categorically to a question about making contacts with the PPP to join the major ruling party. But he said the PML-Q joined the government with an agenda of providing relief to the masses and would like to continue this relation for a longer time.

To a question about politics of the MQM, the minister said it was understood that every political party according to its nature and manifesto has its own agenda but there should be unanimity of views when it comes to national interests.

He invited the MQM to again join the government at the Centre and they would get the same portfolios in the federal cabinet which they had left. However, he said it was an issue for the MQM to decide.

About shortage of housing units in Islamabad, particularly for the federal government employees, Faisal said under the prime minister’s programme, one million housing units would be constructed.

To a question about delay in development work at stalled G-14 sector for the federal government employees, the minister did not give any deadline or good news for the allottees but said there was some litigation involved in the issue of the affected people and acquisition of land. “We are trying to settle dispute as early as possible,” he said.

The housing minister said his ministry was also evolving strategy to get the government residences vacated from unauthorised and non-entitled occupants.


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