KARACHI - Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement have decided to accommodate each other with political reconciliation amid rumors of entering into the ruling coalition.
The recent meeting of MQM leaders and PPP co-chairman along with Sindh Governor Ebad and Rehman Malik in Dubai was a renewed effort of the PPP to revive political ties with its old partner and bring back MQM in the Sindh government.
Sources privy to the matter revealed that the consecutive incidents, including the drought in Thar, Lyari gang war and violence in Larkana have brought severe criticism for the Sindh government’s failure. In this entire scenario, MQM remained soft and had not come hard on its old partner.
Political analysts believed that the PPP’s Sindh government is thankful to MQM for its silent support during the crucial times. Though, MQM had an opportunity to give tough time by taking other opposition parties including PML-F, PML-N and PTI to blast on the bad governance of the PPP. However, famous for playing its shots, former President and co-chairman of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari engaging the MQM into task had extended an invitation to MQM to join the government. It may be noted that the ruling PPP currently is under criticism over lawlessness in Lyari.
The relation between the PPP and the MQM is fluctuated as both the parties have been trading allegations on various issues including the ongoing targeted operation in the City, delimitation in Karachi and Hyderabad, Local Bodies system and others.
Sources further said the PPP had laid down five ministries to tempt MQM back into the government. However, MQM had not jump to it though welcomed the offer but did not reject or accept it during the meeting. Both the parties negotiated over certain key issues that include the MQM’s strong reservation over the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi.    
It was also observed that the process of reconciliation must endure for the welfare of the masses until the consensus was achieved. Zardari also vowed to establish political co-relationship between the two parties.
It is pertinent to mention here that in February 2013, MQM blamed the PPP for backing Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) and parted ways with the PPP and quit the former PPP provincial and federal governments just before the installation of caretaker govt. In the response to the increasing rumors in media, MQM has rejected the reports of joining the government, however, the MQM leader confirmed that the two parties have developed an understanding to cooperate with each other for strengthening of the democracy. He further termed the Dubai meeting a political and democratic process.