Zardari promises to allay MQM’s reservations
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, during a meeting with a delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement late on Tuesday, assured the party that its reservation with particular reference to the recent events that had created tension between the coalition partners, will be addressed.
A four-member delegation of the MQM led by Dr Farooq Sattar called on President Zardari, who is also the co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, on Tuesday night and discussed with him the situation in Karachi and the tensions with the party after controversial statements of the Sindh Home Minster, Zulfiqar Mirza.
Members of the delegation included Senator Babar Ghauri, Raza Haroon and Dr Saghir Ahmed. Interior Minister Rehman Malik and spokesperson to the president, Farhatullah Babar, were also present in the meeting, during which President Zardari also consulted MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London on telephone and discussed with him points raised by his partyÂ’s delegation.
Taking notice of the recent developments in Karachi and the issues raised by the delegation, the PPP co-chairman assured that he would convene a meeting of Sindh governor, chief minister and provincial leaders of the party within a week to thrash out the issues raised by the MQM delegation. He also promised the delegation that criminal elements in Karachi would be dealt with an iron hand and every citizen of the city would be provided security.
President Zardari promised that criminals would not be allowed to hide behind political facade of any sort. He said that political forces should also be watchful and stay alert against elements seeking to drive a wedge between the two parties and creating conditions of anarchy. The MQM delegation thanked President Zardari. The meeting lasted about two hours and continued till past midnight.
Source: Daily Times