ISLAMABAD - Though MQM gave in to PPP’s demand to attend presidential address to the joint sitting of the parliament, the junior partner in ruling coalition is expecting to get Sindh home ministry slot as a reward.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has conveyed its demand to the top leadership of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to replace incumbent Home Minister Manzoor Wasan with Muttahida’s nominee ‘to better control law and order situation and nab extortionists in Karachi’, sources in the MQM shared this with TheNation.

The MQM had announced to boycott President Zardari’s address to record its protest over Sindh’s government’s inaction over the rising incidence of extortion in Karachi, but reversed its decision when Zardari telephoned Altaf Hussain late into the night before his address.

After the strong protest of MQM on matter of extortion, members from treasury and opposition benches had asked the MQM members not to back off from its stance till the rising incidents of this heinous crime is put to an end. PPP coalition partner PML-Q’s MNA Sheikh Waqas Akram had even said on the floor of the house that MQM should not backtrack; otherwise he would term it mere a ‘drama’.

After the PPP succeeded in wooing Muttahida on the eleventh hour, the MQM members showed no sign of estrangement and joined their coalition partners in supporting the president with non-stop desk-thumping. MQM senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar also termed president’s address a landmark achievement and a roadmap for government as well.

The sources said the demand has been made due to rising number of extortion cases in Karachi as business community too took to streets over poor law and order situation in the city.

They said that Muttahida has still not devised any future strategy if their demand to replace Sindh home minister was unmet. The party would wait and see, and would not take any immediate action against the government, they added.

An MQM leader said that MQM wants to control law and order situation in the city as incidents of kidnapping, blind murders and extortion are on the rise.

“MQM will never want to damage party’s vote bank and will make all out effort to control the situation,” he said, adding that MQM would build pressure on PPP for the appointment of their nominee as they are not happy with the performance of Manzoor Wasan.