MQM-P complains Zardari, Sindh govt not cooperating

PPP co-chair assures party that the provincial government would fulfill all the promises made with the party

The top leaders of MQM-P, a key member of the present ruling alliance, have reportedly expressed their disappointment over the lack of cooperation by the Sindh government towards the understanding reached with the party for cooperation against PTI Chairman Imran Khan-led government ahead of the voting on the no-trust motion.

According to credible sources, the MQM-P leadership conveyed its grievances during a meeting with PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and others in Bilawal House Karachi, on Monday. It is pertinent to mention here that the PPP and MQM-P had reached an agreement comprising 27 points, days before voting on the no-confidence motion against the then prime minister Imran Khan.

During the meeting, the MQM-P leaders complained that the provincial government was not cooperating with the party the way it had been expecting it to with regard to the appointment of the new Sindh governor and induction of some leaders in the Sindh cabinet, the postponement of local bodies’ polls after the required legislation from the provincial assembly. They expressed concern over slow progress on the agreement signed between the two parties, the sources added.

Matters which were agreed upon between the two sides during the presence of the PDM leaders were also discussed. The MQM-P leaders reportedly complained that the Sindh government was not taking them into confidence over transfers and postings and resented the slow pace of amendments in the local body laws. However, during the “hours-long meeting”, Zardari assured the MQM-P that the provincial government would fulfil all the promises made by the party. He directed Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to address the grievances immediately.

On March 30, MQM-P announced parting ways with the PTI, joining hands with the then opposition to support its no-confidence motion. Addressing a press conference, flanked by leaders of the joint opposition, MQM-P unveiled details of the agreements signed by the two sides. There will be full implementation of urban and rural quotas for government jobs in Sindh. The Sindh government will immediately announce the provincial finance commission after the local body elections, local police officers and personnel will be deployed; MQM-P will be consulted on the appointment of the local body and administrative offices in urban areas; PPP will consult MQM-P on major developmental projects in Sindh; both parties will jointly legislate to empower local bodies and representatives; domiciles issued illegally in all districts of Sindh will be cancelled.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at