MQM strikes deal with PTI, vow to work together

Source:  ARY News Published in Current Affairs on Friday, August 3, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has reached a deal with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and is set to be a part of the federal government.

PTI leader Jehangir Tareen made the announcement after meeting a MQM delegation at Imran Khan’s residence in Bani Gala, saying a written Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been reached

Tareen also said that he has secured the support of 25 out of 28 independent candidates, while the party is also holding dialogue with erstwhile FATA representatives.

He said that meaningful dialogue was held with the MQM in Karachi after which consultations were held within by the MQM’s coordination committee and PTI’s core committee. The MQM also held a meeting with chairman Imran Khan.

Tareen said they will announce a special financial package for Karachi. He said that people of Karachi have overwhelmingly voted for them, and they would solve water, sewerage and transport issues in the city.

He said that the financial package will be implemented immediately, saying that they would spend the maximum amount on education and set up more universities across the country.

MQM convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said came on the invitation of Imran Khan, and the deal with the PTI was a responsibility and part of the efforts to strengthen democracy.

He said that Karachi still raised the largest amount of revenue, and they will struggle to reform the local bodies government and financial independence is necessary for a strong system.

He said the PTI has assured the population census will be held in Karachi and several urban areas of Sindh. The PTI will also address reservations over the election process and allegations of misconduct.

Furthermore, he said that the PTI assured to reassess the Karachi operation which has been ongoing since several years and reach a conclusion. A few other outstanding issues will be discussed later on.

He said the MQM respects the mandate of political parties, and the dialogue with the PTI was held in a conducive environment, and they have received assurances that their reservations will be addressed.