After Sindh, MQM parts ways with PPP-led AJK Govt

ISLAMABAD: Days after quitting the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government in Sindh, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday decided to part ways with the government in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) where it has been in an alliance with the PPP.

The announcement was made by senior MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar at a press conference in Islamabad who said party lawmakers who were members of the AJK cabinet would submit their resignations to the Azad Kashmir premier shortly.

Sattar said his party had decided to part ways with the PPP-led governments in Sindh and in AJK, adding that the decision was final and that there was no going back now.

“We have tolerated a number of antics and inadequacies but things have come to a head now, it is no longer possible for us to be in an alliance with the PPP,” Sattar said.

The MQM leader said the language used by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari against party chief Altaf Hussain had taken the situation to a point of no return, adding that the absence of an apology on part of either the PPP chief or Asif Ali Zardari didn’t help matters.

“The PPP chairman did not even think how much older Altaf bhai is to him…obviously this was not the only reason and PPP’s treatment of MQM has been shameful across the board…but this became the last straw,” Sattar said. INP


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