Abdullah Zafar

Karachi - Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Sindh lawmakers had given a go-ahead to the party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to invite Muttahida Qaumi Movement for joining Sindh government.

Speaking at Bilawal House during a lunch organised for MPAs, former President and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that PPP and MQM were partners in different phases and now when MQM is in difficult situation, PPP would not abandon them.

“We have formally invited MQM to join Sindh government and now the ball is in their court,” he said adding that a committee led by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah would formally hold talks with MQM over joining the government.

The meeting that was also attended by Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, PPP leader Sherry Rehman, Faryal Talpur and others, mulled over current political situation in Karachi, preparations for death anniversary of the PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and local bodies elections.

According to sources privy to development, Asif Zardari said that he had promised MQM leadership to give them their due right in the Sindh government and asked lawmakers for their reply.

However, no one replied and then Zardari asked two of the arch opponents of MQM within PPP - Kulsoom Chandio and Nadir Magsi for their remarks.

Both of them supported the party leadership decision and said that in the current political scenario this was the best option. Asif Ali Zardari then said that their remarks were true representation of the PPP lawmakers and approved the coalition with the Karachi-based party. Speaking on the occasion, Zardari said that PPP would continue its reconciliatory policy with all parties that supported its candidates in Senate elections. “No horse trading was reported in Senate elections from Sindh and those who are raising allegations of horse trading are themselves involved in it,” he said.

The PPP co-chairman also set aside chances of governor rule and said that party leaders should not concentrate on these rumours and instead start preparations for local bodies elections.

 “We will field candidates on every seat in the province and will continue our reconciliation policy during local bodies election,” he said adding that party leaders should start campaigning for local bodies elections in their respective districts.

He said that local bodies were nurseries of democracy and the PPP wanted party based Local Bodies polls throughout the country.

He also urged chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah to expedite development projects in the province.

Meanwhile, it was also learnt that thorough security measures were taken at Bilawal House and the PPP lawmakers were allowed to enter it after strict checking procedures. The PPP lawmakers also conveyed their reservations over it to the party leader, saying that such measures reflect distrust.