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Federal ministers belonging to MQM break ranks

Farogh Naseem and Aminul Haque resign to join opposition

Two federal ministers from Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Farogh Naseem and Aminul Haque, have submitted their resignations to the prime minister.

This came after early Wednesday morning, party leaders from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and MQM-P stated that an agreement had been reached, with the latter agreeing to support the opposition in the no-trust motion against the prime minister.

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The official presser by the leadership of MQM-P is to come yet, but the official resignations of the members of the parliament indicate that the aforementioned agreement has been put into effect.

Farogh Naseem, who was serving as a federal minister on law and justice, and Aminul Haque, who was serving as a federal minister on information technology and telecommunication, gave their resignations to the PM for approval.

MQM-P’s Rabta Committee and PPP’s Central Executive Committee are going to address a press conference today at 4:00pm and share details of the agreement with the media.

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Late night on Tuesday, a meeting was held between an opposition delegation consisting of Khawaja Asif, Akhtar Mengal, Sherry Rehman, Murad Ali Shah and MQM led by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

The meeting was later joined by PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Bilawal Bhutto and MQM lawmaker Faisal Sabzwari stated on Twitter that the agreement between the united opposition and the MQM had been finalized and that following ratification by the MQM Raabta Committee and PPP CEC, the details would be released to media.



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