Major setback for Pakistan government as MQM parts waysDecember 28th, 2010 - 4:00 am ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Dec 28 (IANS) The coalition government in Pakistan has hit a major roadblock as a key ally, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has decided to part ways, media reports said early Tuesday.”The reservations of the party have not been addressed and we are forced to make a decision to go our own way,” MQM legislator Haider Abbas Rizvi told Samaa TV.
“In the first phase, our two federal ministers, Farooq Sattar and Babar Khan Ghori, will step down on Tuesday and offer their resignations to the prime minister”, he said.
The MQM had given a 10-day deadline to the government last week for clarification of a statement by Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who had accused MQM of extortion and target-killing in Karachi.
An MQM delegation had called on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to record their statements. They were assured of a favourable response but the party decided to go ahead with the resignations at the end of the deadline when nothing concrete emerged.
“We are not going to apply for opposition benches as yet and will wait and see before making the next move,” said MQM leader Wasay Jaleel.
“If things don’t improve, we may decide to leave the coalition altogether in the centre and the Sindh province,” he said.
Federal minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Khurshid Shah said the government wants to take all allies along and the ruling party would assess the situation before giving a formal reaction.
Zardari is believed to have given the task of playing an interlocutor to Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
“He is expected to reach Karachi shortly and establish contact with the MQM,” reports said.
The divided mandate in the national assembly had forced the PPP to form a coalition government with the MQM, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) and the Awami National Party (ANP).
The JUI has already made an exit from the coalition, after one of their ministers was sacked on disciplinary grounds.
If the MQM also decides to ditch the government, the latter’s number game will be adversely affected and it will be difficult for Gilani to take a vote of confidence in parliament.
“The allies have kept a window open for return if the government mends its ways. However, the gulf between the ruling party and its allies is likely to widen in the coming days because the government has not shown any signs of retreating from its hostile stand,” political analyst Irfan Siddiqui told Geo TV.
- Another setback for Pakistan government as MQM parts ways (Lead) - Dec 28, 2010
- Cracks widen in Pakistan's ruling coalition, key ally quits - Dec 21, 2010
- MQM set to rejoin PPP-led Pak coalition govt - Jan 07, 2011
- MQM decides to rejoin Pakistan's ruling coalition - Jan 07, 2011
- MQM bombshell leaves PPP-led Pak coalition govt in crisis - Jan 03, 2011
- Zardari seeks unity of allies before US visit - Jan 13, 2011
- Zardari orders Sindh CM to address all reservations shown by MQM - Dec 29, 2010
- MQM wins Karachi by-poll as toll reaches 39 (Lead) - Oct 18, 2010
- Pak heading for "consensus government" to resolve political, economic crises - Apr 21, 2011
- Ready to give up presidency: Zardari - Jan 11, 2012
- Zardari has not offered to resign: Spokesman (Lead) - Jan 11, 2012
- Raja Pervez Ashraf is PPP candidate for PM's post (Lead) - Jun 22, 2012
- Another setback to PPP-led Pak govt as JUI-F demands Gilani's resignation - Dec 29, 2010
- Raja Pervez Ashraf elected Pakistan's 25th PM (Lead) - Jun 22, 2012
- Fazlur Rehman rejects Malik's request to rejoin Pak coalition govt - Dec 29, 2010
Tags: asif ali zardari, awami national party, babar khan, coalition government, favourable response, federal minister, federal ministers, ghori, home minister, jamiat, muttahida qaumi movement, opposition benches, pakistan government, pakistan peoples party, rizvi, sattar, sindh province, target, yousuf, zulfiqar