ISLAMABAD: Besides political means, the Pakistan People’s Party government also used other channels to persuade Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain to stay a part of the coalition government. A source privy to this development told Pakistan Today that the government had also involved Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General (DG) Waseem Ahmed – considered to be close to the MQM as he has worked as the city police officer in Karachi – to help explain the joint
ISLAMABAD: Assuring the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) that its grievances would be addressed, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday barred Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza from issuing statements in the future on contentious issues pertaining to coalition partners.
After meeting an MQM delegation, Gilani telephoned Mirza to ask him about the statement in which he had accused the MQM of being involved in assassinations in Karachi.
The Sindh home minister told the
KARACHI – While Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza roared at a press conference on Saturday that he stood by his statement of target killers’ association with political parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Senior Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq accused the media of creating a rift between coalition partners.
Addressing a press conference at the PPP Media Cell, Haq claimed that there was no serious difference between the PPP and the MQM. In
ISLAMABAD: The political situation on Thursday took another turn as the MQM leadership opened preliminary negotiations with various parties in view of the changing scenario to evaluate its options before taking a final decision on whether to continue its alliance with the PPP.
The initiative was taken by MQM chief Altaf Hussain who telephoned PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the likeminded group’s leader, Khurshid Kasuri and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman.
KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rabita Committee on Wednesday termed the JUI-F’s move to part ways with the government as the latter’s democratic right, but it also gave a 10-day notice to the PPP to explain its position on Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s recent “provocative” speech.
“The PPP should explain its position within 10 days whether Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s provocative speech was based on his personal views or the party’s policy, otherwise, the MQM will
KARACHI: MQM Rabita Committee has convened an emergency joint meeting of its members in Karachi and London for today (Wednesday) to discuss the changing political situation in the country after the JUI-F parted ways with the government on Tuesday.
“The evolving situation after the departure of the JUI-F, the attitude of the PPP government, the MQM’s reservations and other important issues will be discussed in the meeting. A statement would be issued after the meeting about the
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday decided to lobby with political parties, including the PML-Q, MQM and PPP-Sherpao, to foil the passage of the reformed general sales tax bill by the National Assembly.
The central organising committee of the PML-N which met with Nawaz Sharif in the chair also decided to complete intra-party elections from local to central level before January 15, 2011.
Addressing the central organising committee members, Nawaz
ISLAMABAD: The PML-Q, MQM, JUI-F and other minor political parties, who have vowed to oppose the Reformed General Sales Tax Bill 2010 in totality, are likely to boycott the voting on the recommendations finalised by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Friday, as experts say the parties have no other option left with them.
“These political parties, including my party, the PML- Q, who have decided to oppose the anti-poor bill, will find themselves in a fix when the report
ISLAMABAD: The government’s coalition partners, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F, on Wednesday took a U-turn on their respective stances on the reformed General Sales Tax (GST) bill, with the former endorsing the decisions of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and the latter opposing the bill in the Senate.
In the Senate body on finance’s Wednesday meeting, MQM’s Senator Ahmed Ali, who is the chairman of the committee, said that the proceedings on
ISLAMABAD: Already isolated by its allies on the issue of the reformed General Tax (GST), the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday ignited yet another controversy by nominating four treasury members for the parliamentary committee to appoint judges of the superior judiciary without consulting the Awami National Party (ANP), the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
A statement issued by the President’s House said the names of four
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday jolted the government by implementing a roadmap to pull out from the coalition by boycotting the proceedings of the Senate, National Assembly and Sindh Assembly as first step of the strategy.
The MQM legislators boycotted the proceedings of both Houses of parliament to protest against the government’s failure to control the skyrocketing prices, particularly the recent increase in prices of petroleum products.
ISLAMABAD: Given a full backing by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain to take any decision on the fate of the coalition government, a four-member MQM delegation will today (Monday) inform President Asif Ali Zardari that the party was in no mood to trust “false promises” made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
A source in the MQM informed Pakistan Today that the delegation, headed by Minister of Ports and Shipping Babar Ghouri, would bring a long list of complaints
KARACHI: Muttahida Muslim League (MML) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmad asked the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) to join the newly-formed alliance of the different factions of the Muslim League, during his visit to the MQM headquarters Nine-Zero on Saturday.
On the ocassion, MQM leaders Federal MINister Babar Ghauri, Waseem Aftab and former Karachi deputy mayor Nasreen Jalil said that they would discuss this invitation at a meeting of their party. Nasreen said that her party would take
The Pakistan People Party’s meeting with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is meant to send a message to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) that its breaking away from the coalition will not destabilise the federal government as PPP has the PML-Q’s support, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday.
Sanaullah was talking to reporters after appearing before the judicial commission constituted to probe the abduction and torture of senior journalist
International intelligence agencies on Monday warned the central leadership of the MQM to maintain vigilance and remain careful, as the party leaders’ lives were under threat in the present situation.
Sources said the Interior Ministry had forwarded a report to the MQM leadership, warning that following the unremitting target killings in Karachi, some of their leaders could be targeted, therefore Dr Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Mustafa Kamal, Faisal
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday decided that no military operation would be carried out in the Karachi city to control the recent spate of violence, after Online news service reported earlier in the day that the president and the prime minister had decided in principle to give a green signal to a selective offensive in Karachi to control the spiraling violence that has so far killed over 100 people.
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Pakistan People’s Party to take all-out measures to keep the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the coalition.
The president was chairing a meeting of the PPP Core Committee on Tuesday that took stock of the current political and economical situation of the country and decided to carry on with the new party strategy adopted around two weeks ago. The meeting discussed in length the violence in Karachi, the judiciary-executive