PM, MQM-P delegation discuss issues pertaining to ruling coalition


ISLAMABAD: A committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of Sindh Governor Imran Ismail to strengthen the coordination between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) in connection with development projects on the provincial level.

This was decided in a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and an MQM-P delegation at PM House to discuss issues pertaining to their coalition in centre.

The meeting came in the backdrop of rising tensions between the PTI-led coalition government and the opposition.

Despite serious differences over political issues in the recent past, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were getting closer in their bid to give tough time to the government.

As the meeting at the prime minister’s office continued, the two sides discussed the challenges being faced by megacities in Sindh, including Karachi and Hyderabad.

The prime minister told the delegation that he realised the challenges being faced by the people of Sindh. “The federal government will play its role to resolve these problems,” he said.

The two sides also decided that obstacles in the restoration of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) will be removed on a priority basis. It was also decided that the premier will lay the foundation stone of a university in Hyderabad.

Besides the Minister for Information Technology Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Minister for Law and Justice Dr Farogh Naseem and MNA Syed Ameenul Haq, the meeting was also attended by Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Special Assistant to PM Naeemul Haq and MNA Malik Mohammad Amir Dogar.

Separately, the premier said the government was fully cognizant of the issues faced by the people of Sindh.

Speaking to Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, who called on him at his office separately, the premier assured that the federal government would play its role for the resolution of the people of the province.

The governor also took the prime minister into confidence over the political situation in Sindh and briefed him about the situation arising out after the fake accounts case joint investigation team (JIT) report.