ISLAMABAD - The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan is still vacillating to unconditionally support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to form the government in centre.
However, party’s senior members are inclined to vote in favour of the PTI nominee for the leader of the house (prime minister) in the National Assembly, sources in the MQM-P said.
The MQM-P, even after losing one-fourth of its National Assembly seats in July 25 polls, has got much importance in the current political pitch.
The Sindh-based MQM-P, with its six seats in the National Assembly, has been approached by both the PTI and the grand opposition alliance (PML-N, PPP and others) seeking its support.
The sources in the MQM-P said that the party has received a mixed response from its members as some were in favour of supporting the grand opposition alliance while others have put their weight for becoming a coalition partner of the PTI government.
The party has still not reached a consensus to support the PTI for its nominees for the prime minister and speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly.
The sources said that some party members have suggested to unconditionally supporting the PTI with setting demands. They have suggested that it would not be an appropriate demand to be made part of the federal cabinet at the initial stage.
The senior members of the party, they said, were in favour of sitting on treasury benches with the PTI. They argue that it would help build the lost image of the MQM-P.
The MQM-P, after the controversial speech of its previous supremo Altaf Hussian, parted ways and further split into two factions — Bahadurabad and PIB.
The MQM-P had 24 seats in the previous National Assembly but now after the July 2018, it has secured six seats.
The MQM-led by Altaf Hussian, in the 13th National Assembly, was criticized in the media for its ‘political summersaults’, as a number of times, the party left the PPP-led coalition government and rejoined it.
The PTI is currently leading a majority in the National Assembly following the country-wide general election and has twice contacted the MQM-P for a possible alliance.
PTI’s Jahangir Tareen met with MQM’s convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui for a discussion on a possible alliance on Tuesday. On the other hand, the members of the grand opposition alliance also met with the MQM-P to seek its support to form the government in the centre.