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MQM walks out on federal cabinet

MQM walks out on federal cabinet

ISLAMABAD – In a dramatic development, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday moved one step closer to leaving the coalition government as both its federal ministers decided to resign.
Per details, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar and Ports and Shipping Minister Babar Ghauri have decided to quit the federal cabinet to protest the government’s failure to fulfil its commitments. The decision was taken at a MQM Rabita Committee meeting held simultaneously in

No worries if MQM quits govt, says Dr Mirza

KARACHI – There will be no objection if the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) quits the government, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza said on Sunday while talking to the media at Wasan House in Khairpur.
“The MQM had become part of the government of its own free will. If the party now decides to leave the alliance, it will be their own decision and we have no objection over it.”
He said he never held any one party responsible for terrorism. “I don’t know why whenever I

MQM to topple government if ISI chief sent to US: Altaf

KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday slammed the summoning of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief by the US, threatening to topple the incumbent government if the ISI chief was sent to the US.
Addressing a public gathering at Bhit Shah over telephone from London, the MQM chief said, “If the US summons someone from Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan must do the same.” Talking to people from various districts of Sindh, he said the people

PPP and MQM can’t decide who’s boss

KARACHI – Yet another development venture – the much-awaited Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Transit CNG Bus Project – is in limbo because of political bickering between the ruling Pakistan People’s Party and its coalition partner the MQM.
The PPP-led Sindh government and the MQM are at odds over who should take credit for the project, delaying the much-awaited scheme for the past 20 months, well-placed sources in the Sindh Transport Department told Pakistan Today.
Under the plan, at

Zardari, Gilani discuss MQM and ‘Plan B’

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday gave final touches to a reconciliation strategy with the Pakistan People’s Party’s major coalition partner – the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) – as well as a contingency plan in case the MQM decided to part ways with the government in the near future.
An informed source told Pakistan Today that during the crucial meeting held at the Presidency, the two leaders agreed that in case of any

FIA DG played role in persuading MQM

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

PM pacifies MQM, tells Mirza to keep his cool

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

‘Media, not Mirza, driving wedge between PPP, MQM’

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

MQM touches base political parties

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.
MQM senator

MQM gives PPP 10 days to explain Mirza’s tirade

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

MQM to consider options in meeting today

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

PML-N taking ‘Q’, MQM on board against GST

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

PML-Q, MQM, JUI-F likely to boycott GST vote today

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

MQM endorses GST in committee, JUI-F opposes in Senate

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

ANP, MQM reject PPP parliamentary nominations on judges’ appointment

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

MQM stages walkout from NA, Senate and SA

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.

MQM won’t take Malik’s word anymore

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