KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday finally joined Pakistan People’s Party-led Sindh government after almost one year. The party received slots of two ministers, two advisors and a special assistant after joining the government.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad administered oath to two MQM MPAs Abdul Rauf Siddiqui and Dr Sagheer Ahmed as provincial ministers. Faisal Sabzwari and Adil Siddiqui were appointed as advisors to Chief Minister Sindh while Abdul Haseeb was inducted in the provincial cabinet as Special assistant to CM Sindh.
The oath taking ceremony was attended by MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed Sardar Ahmed, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Senior Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro, Minister for Information Sharjeel Memon, Inspector General of Police Sindh Iqbal Mehmood and AIGP Karachi Shahid Hayat.
Although the portfolios were not allotted yet but sources said that Rauf Siddiqui will get portfolio of Commerce and Industries, Dr Sagheer-Health, Faisal Sabzwari- Youth Affairs, Adil Siddiqui-Tourism and Abdul Haseeb- Auqaf.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah said that MQM was part of the PPP-led government during the last tenure and difference occurred at frequent intervals but both parties continued cooperation with each other.
“People have once again given us the opportunity to serve the province and we will not let the hopes of people die and will now jointly serve people of Sindh from Karachi to Kashmore,” he said.
He said that although Sindh is full of natural resources but it was facing financial crisis but still the government would serve the people.
Speaking on the occasion, PPP leader Rehman Malik applauded efforts of MQM chief Altaf Hussain and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for reconciling between the two parties and said that there were elements who tried to created differences between both parties but the wisdom of both party heads foiled their attempts.
“Besides leadership of both parties, MQM leaders Nadeem Nusrat, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad also played an important role in bringing the two parties closer,” he said.
He said that when MQM and PPP were in the government during last tenure there was no clash between the institutions
He said that the government should avoid clash of institutions, and one should not lay blame on other institutions without proof.
Rehman Malik supported dialogue between Taliban and government but said that the process would not prove fruitless as Taliban had bad intentions regarding state institutions and the country. “Indian and Afghan secret agencies are involved in disrupting peace in the country,” he said.
MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that decision to join Sindh government was a difficult but was a right on time decision. “MQM represents urban Sindh and in order to resolve these issues the government should give powers to the representatives of these constituencies,” he said.
He said that the current government now represent entire province and it was a coalition against ignorance, poverty and terrorism.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that MQM would continue to oppose every legislation which was against basic rights of the people and we would continue to raise issue of their missing activists. “We have earlier invited government to cooperate with us over this issue and we will continue to get cooperation,” he said.
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