KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Sunday urged the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to fulfil its promises made to the people of Karachi, saying the urban areas of the province needed justice from centre.
According to a statement issued by the lawmaker, the MQM-P fulfilled all promises made to the federal government and now the urban areas need justice from the centre.
The politician said that the prominence of Karachi remained unchanged. Even though it was not the federal capital anymore, it is still the centre of industries and economic activities, he added.
He said that the national economy was in a bad shape when the new government came to power, but now after over a year, it was the responsibility of the PTI government to control inflation.
He said that MQM-P will win its case as it was impossible to make Pakistan a prosper state without Karachi’s uplift.
Siddiqui said that MQM-P had faced serious allegations in the past but now the political party will restore its image by ensuring development in Karachi at all costs.
The PTI and MQM-P on Saturday held another round of talks to iron out differences, but the dialogue remained inconclusive owing to the demands put forth by the junior coalition partner.
The relations between the two parties strained after the MQM-P chief and then IT minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui quit the cabinet, citing reservations over the non-fulfilment of commitments made during the formation of the cabinet last year.
Addressing a press conference following the meeting, Siddiqui, flanked by PTI leaders, had said that the talks were fruitful and had claimed that “visible progress” was expected to take place in the next few days if the government responded positively to their demands.
The MQM-P’s demands are the formation of a university in Hyderabad; development budget for Hyderabad; implementation of a package of Rs162 billion for Karachi; and opening of MQM’s closed offices that were shut down after its founder Altaf Hussain’s infamous speech.