The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P), one of the key allies of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has put forth its demands before the People’s Party (PPP) to support the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, insiders revealed.

They said that the demands were presented during a recent meeting between PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and an MQM-P delegation.

The MQM-P demanded a 40 percent quota in government jobs for urban Sindh and an empowered local body system, including the formation of a provincial finance commission, they added.

The party also sought a written agreement and the joint opposition as guarantor.

The MQM-P’s lawmakers will cast their votes in favour of the opposition’s motion if the PML-N and the JUI-F give a guarantee to the proposed agreement between the two major parties in Sindh, the insiders revealed.      

Later, talking to a private news channel former mayor Karachi and MQM-P leader Wasim Akhter said that meeting with Asif Zardari was held in a pleasant environment and we expressed our concerns on several issues, including the situation in Karachi.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan knows our issues, therefore how many times should the MQM-P repeat the same demands to him,” he said in response to a question whether the party discussed their concerns with the PM during his recent visit to their headquarters.

He said if the PML-N and the JUI-F play their “role as guarantor on what Asif Zardari is promising to us, we can go in favour of the opposition.”

PML-N VERSION: Endorsing the MQM-P’s stance on the Karachi situation, PML-N senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the MQM-P has a particular thought about Karachi and we agree on their stance completely.

The former premier said that the share in the government job quota was the right of citizens of Karachi.


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