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MQM looking for ‘visible progress’ after meeting PTI delegation

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

18th Jan, 2020. 07:56 pm
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Delegation level talks held between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) today at MQM-P Bahadurabad center.

According to the details, speaking to media after the meeting between the PTI-MQM-P delegations concluded, MQM-P Convener Dr Kahlid Maqbool Siddiqui said  that “visible progress” was expected to take place in the next few days.

He further said MQM Pakistan had highlighted the problems facing Sindh’s urban areas and Karachi.

Dr Kahlid Maqbool Siddiqui said “The PTI knew about these problems before we joined hands to form the federal government.

The MQM-P convener said talks held with the PTI delegation were “encouraging” and the demands put forward by his party were for the welfare of the people of Karachi and Sindh. He said these demands were not meant to benefit any individual or political party but the people in general.

“The PTI is a witness to the demands we put forward before them and even you [reporters] may have the main points [of the demands] in your hands,” he said.

Siddiqui said that the 18th Amendment had been misused in the past and that power had yet to be devolved to the lower level. He said Sindh’s urban areas “are in the Intensive Care Unit” and those areas of the country should be taken care of by the government whose shopkeepers, traders and industrialists were “fulfilling their responsibilities” and generating revenue.

“Sindh’s urban areas need immediate relief,” he said.

Earlier today, Jahangir Tareen, along with a government delegation arrived at Bahadurabad center.

Former finance minister Asad Umer and defense minister Pervez Khatak had also joined Jahangir Tareen.

Note that the federal government has not accepted the resignation of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and measures are being taken to convince him.

Note that Prime Minister has created a committee to convince allies groups.

Committee has met with all government allies groups. A government committee has conducted meetings with PML (Q) as well as GDA and Mengal party. The committee has also assured that their demands will be fulfilled.

According to the sources, the government committee will visit Bahadurabad and will convince Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui to take back the resignation.

Planning Minister Asad Umar on Monday addressed a press conference in Karachi after meeting the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) (MQM-P) leaders.

Asad Umar had said efforts are underway to convince MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi to withdraw his resignation and include him in the cabinet.

He said Siddiqi has not taken his resignation back.

He said Khalid Maqbool is stiff on his stance of not backing on his decision.

Asad Umar added, “We have apprised the MQM-P leaders regarding development in Karachi.”

He said the government is working on different schemes to provide job opportunities to the youth.

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