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‘Unsatisfied’ MQM-P visits Sharifs in Lahore

Govt coalition partners meet PML-N, PML-Q chiefs; agree to ‘wait-and-see’ policy after back-to-back meetings

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaders on Tuesday called on Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and expressed ‘dissatisfaction’ over lack of ‘cordial’ response from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) despite the fact that the party was its close ally.

MQM leaders, including Deputy Convener Amir Khan and former Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar, visited the residence of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and called on him to discuss political and economic issues.

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According to some insiders, MQM-P leaders also expressed serious concerns over mistreatment by the government.

“Not even a single promise made by Prime Minister Imran Khan with them has been fulfilled,” some insiders said, while quoting the MQM-P leaders.

“Imran Khan says the opposite in the morning of what he says in the night,” they were quoted as saying, lashing out at the PM over not knowing how to run a government.

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Sources said that they also gave assurance to the opposition that they could support them if they really showed seriousness in bringing any anti-government move. They shared that the MQM-P leaders also said that the PTI government, whenever it was in trouble, intended to help them and sought their help, but as soon as the difficult time was over, they turned away. Complaining about the ruling PTI, the sources said that the MQM leaders also said that the PTI government ruined the economy.

“We remained allies of various governments but what we faced during the incumbent PTI government is totally different. They broke all the promises,” they were quoted as saying. The insiders said that they would deliberate upon the options given by the opposition if they seriously thought about sending the PTI government packing.

They said that the MQM-P would be ready to cooperate if it came to the national interest. The sources said that the MQM-P leaders also invited Shehbaz Sharif to tour Karachi, which he accepted, and both sides agreed to strengthen their ties and cooperation.

Shehbaz Sharif welcomed the MQM delegation as they arrived at his residence.

PML-N leaders Ahsan Iqbal, Malik Ahmed Khan, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Shah Muhammad Shah and Miftah Ismael were present during the meeting.

Later, talking to the reporters, Shehbaz Sharif lashed out at the ruling PTI. He said that the poor man was deprived of even one time’s meal; the children were deprived of milk while the patients were away from medicine.

He stated that heavy taxes, gas and electricity bills burned the common man, pointing out that the public was of the view that it was the most corrupt government in the history of the country.

MQM leaders and Shehbaz also discussed the local bodies’ issue in their meeting. The PML-N chief said he was Pakistani first, adding that Imran Khan had announced Rs1.1 trillion flood package, but nothing was done practically. He stated that Imran Khan just wanted to push the opposition against the wall.

Reacting to the development, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said all the allied parties of PTI fully supported the government. The PTI had full confidence and support of its allies, who would not leave the government, he said while talking to a private news channel.

On the other hand, the MQM delegation also called on Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Acting Governor Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at their residence.

During the meeting, issues of mutual interest, including the political situation in the country were discussed in detail, and participants agreed to move ahead with mutual consultation, especially on local government elections and other important issues.

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