The MQM-Pakistan (MQMP) has decided not to join the federal cabinet and extend support to the broad-based Shehbaz government from the outside.

The decision has been conveyed to the prime minister, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, chief of the MQM-P said in Karachi on Tuesday evening.

Siddiqui said his party had detailed discussion with the fellow leaders of the coalition government about the formation of the government.

The MQM-P is more interested and keener in the implementation of the commitments made by the leaders of the coalition for the well-being of Karachi and other areas of the province with it, he added.

The commitments made are significant and to be fulfilled, he said.

He did not comment on the observations made by former Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar, where he took exception to the maiden speech of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the National Assembly on Monday over not mentioning commitments with the MQM-P in the speech.

The MQM-P had two slots of the federal cabinet in the ousted government of the PTI. Syed Aminul Haque was IT minister while Senator Farogh Nasim was the law minister, representing the MQM-P in the government.

It is learnt that the MQM-P was offered two slots in the federal government, Sindh’s governorship and about half a dozen slots in Sindh cabinet beside municipal charge of three big cities of the province, including Karachi mayorship. No decision has yet been taken about assuming these assignments.

SOUTH PUNJAB: Meanwhile in another unrelated political development, the PTI members belonging to South Punjab had an important meeting on Tuesday evening at an Iftar-dinner at the Islamabad Club. They discussed situation arising out of the decision of Imran Khan regarding quitting the National Assembly immediately and later resigning from other assemblies. Former federal minister Syed Fakhar Imam, former minister Sardar Nasarullah Khan Dreshak, Sheraz Mahmood, chief whip of the PTI in NA Aamir Dogar, Riaz Fatiana, Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai were among the participants in the discussion.

Syed Fakhar Imam later told an English-language newspaper that all like-minded colleagues are in discussion to take stock of the situation. He didn’t give any hint about the decision.

It is significant discussion in the wake of reported attempts to create a forward bloc in the PTI by the MNAs who are frustrated about the decision of resigning from the National Assembly.

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