KARACHI - Dr Ishratul Ebad Tuesday returned to the Governor House to a heros welcome and pledged to restore peace as he reassumed the charge as Sindh governor. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, PPP ministers, MQM members of the national and provincial assemblies and other leaders were present at the Governor House who accorded him a warm welcome, congratulating Ebad on re-assumption of the governorship. The governor in his meeting with the the PPP leaders agreed to work jointly in the larger interest of the province, and later received a briefing by senior officials on law and order in the province, in general, and in Karachi, in particular. On the occasion, Sindh governor and chief minister said the return of Dr Ishratul Ebad was meant to prevent the present system from falling despite political issues between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). They conceded that some differences between the two parties remain and attempts would be made to remove them amicably. Interestingly, the issue of elections for Azad Kashmirs Legislative Assembly, which apparently proved a breaking point in the alliance of the two parties, has been amicably resolved as Qaim announced to withdraw PPPs candidates in favour of the MQM in the two Karachi constituencies. The governor said that provision of security to the people will be his priority and all resources would be utilised for this purpose. He said no one would be allowed to destroy peace in Karachi and the law breakers would be dealt with sternly. The Awami National Party (ANP) has also welcomed the decision by the MQM leadership with hopes that the Muttahida would resolve all its issues with the ANP amicably. But the return of Ishratul Ebad has dashed the hopes of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which was eyeing formation of a grand opposition alliance. The PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal reacted to the development on Monday, saying: It takes a lot of courage to join opposition. The apprehensions in this regard did exist. The ruling PPP is hopeful about resolution of other contentious issues with the MQM, particularity the issue of revival of Local Government and commissionrate system of 1979 through bringing some amendments in the law. The ice has already melt between two parties after resuming of the office of the Sindh Governor by longest serving MQMs nominee Dr Ishratul Ebad and PPPs announcement of withdrawal of its candidates on the AJK assembly seats reserved for Karachi. On his visit to the Governor House to welcome Ebad, Qaim Ali Shah reiterated that reconciliation policy of President Zardari and MQM chief Altaf Hussain will continue. Welcoming the Ebads return to Governor House, he said the step would help in improving the fragile political condition of the province that emerged after MQMs separation from government. Governor Ishrat Ul Ebad said that PPP and MQM will sit together to find out the solution of issues that led to parting of ways. He said that President Zardari has given assurances that flaws in the measures taken by the PPP government in the absence of MQM would be removed. Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Law Muhammad Ayaz Soomro also hinted that the former allies will soon start fresh talks on the host of issues and number of items for legislation. He made it clear that PPP will not reverse the revival of old local government and commissionrate system, however, hinted that talks could be held for changes in the commissionrate system to make it further better. The minister argued that majority of the parties including PPP, PML-F, PML-Q, ANP, NPP and others support the commissionrate system. The political analysts however are of the opinion that the negotiations between PPP and MQM to make amendments in the revived system may not taste success, pointing out that both the parties previously held a series of unsuccessful meetings to finalise a formula of local government system. There is no guarantee that both parties will develop consensus as two parties have different approach towards the issue, they said. Both parties had prepared their own drafts on law of local government, but they did not agree with each others point of view. It seems that the new understanding that has emerged after the return of the governor may not be sustainable for long and the tenuous relation between two parties are likely to continue as it would be difficult for the two parties to step back from their stated positions on the system. However, the new stint will buy some time to the PPP government and soothe to some extent MQMs bitter feelings.