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MQM to join Sindh government soon: Manzoor Wassan

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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would be on the treasury benches in a week’s time, and their joining the Sindh government as a coalition partner would help bring improvements in the province regarding peace and tranquillity and resolution of people’s grievances, Sindh Minister for Prisons, Anti-Corruption, Mines and Minerals Manzoor Hussain Wassan disclosed this on Friday.
Wassan said that the MQM’s joining of the provincial government would also help make democracy stronger. He was talking to the newsmen inside the Sindh Assembly premise prior to the commencement of session of the House on Friday. He claimed that the MQM would formally join the Sindh government in the next couple of days. Wassan said that no minister would be removed or changed with regard to portfolios in case of MQM’s joining the Sindh government, but it would be the sole discretion of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party leadership to amend any party policy. 
The minister dispelled the idea of sacking Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
Wasaan said that the nation would receive good news soon as the talks between the two parties went positively in Dubai. “I had earlier told media that I had seen a dream that MQM and PPP will jointly play their role in strengthening democracy and bringing peace to Karachi,” he said. 
The minister said that it was in the interest of province if two major stakeholders jointly work for the progress of Sindh. “I am hopeful that if PPP and MQM work together it will be easier to run the province swiftly and bring peace in it,” he said.
However, Minister for Local Bodies and Information Sharjeel Inam Memon, said that the doors of PPP were open for the MQM to join Sindh government and the PPP was ready to accommodate them in the government. On a query over recent meetings of MQM leader Nadeem Nusrat and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad with PPP’s Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai, Memon said that there is democracy in the country and the parties either in government or opposition meet each other to understand their point of view on the issues.
He said that democratic system would continue in the province as all parties have supported it as the only way for the prosperity of the country. 
Meanwhile, when contacted MQM spokesman Aminul Haq confirmed that his party was mulling over to join PPP in Sindh government but refused to give any timeframe as to when this decision would be taken. 
“We are considering this option seriously and we had held meetings with PPP leadership to devise a mechanism for this decision,” he said. 
He said that there were two steps before a party considers joining a party in the government. 
“Firstly there are some confidence-building measures that could set aside confusions between the parties and then came strong working relationship,” he said, adding that they had crossed these two steps and now a decision to join the Sindh government is in the queue.

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