Soon after Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui announced his decision to quit federal cabinet over PTI government’s unfulfilled promises, Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered immediate steps to settle the MQM-P’s concerns.
Following the directions of a the PTI delegation, headed by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and comprising Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khurram Sher Zaman and Firdous Shamim Naqvi, reached the MQM office in Bahaduarabad yesterday.
However, after no major breakthrough in meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan contacted leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Monday, assuring the disgruntled coalition partner that their valid demands would be fulfilled. Sources told that PM Imran Khan approached the MQM-P leader and has summoned him to Islamabad.
Earlier, addressing a press conference after the meeting, Umar said the PTI wished the MQM-P would remain a part of the federal cabinet. “Our wish is that Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui remains in the cabinet,” Umar said. “PM will visit Karachi in the first week of February and update the MQM-P on the developments related to Karachi,” he added, downplaying rumours that the governor of the province would be changed.
Speaking to reporters alongside Umar, Siddiqui said he had not taken back his resignation. “Our meeting was already scheduled, it was not negotiations,” he said.
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17 November, 2019