MQM joins Sindh govt; two ministers take oath


KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Tuesday joined the Sindh government, as two of its members took oaths as ministers.
Rauf Siddiqui and Dr Saghir Ahmed of the MQM on Tuesday took oath as Sindh ministers. Rauf Siddiqui has been assigned the industries and commerce portfolio, whereas Dr Saghir Ahmed has taken the Ministry of Health. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan administered the oath at the Governor’s House. Meanwhile, Adil Siddiqui has been appointed as adviser to the Sindh chief minister on environment, and Abdul Haseeb Khan has been appointed as an adviser on Auqaf.
MQM’s Faisal Sabzwari has been appointed as the chief minister’s special assistant on youth affairs. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Senator Rehman Malik, Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon were present on the occasion. Also in attendance were MQM leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Dr Farooq Sattar, Syed Sardar Ahmed, Faisal Sabzwari.
Before the oath-taking ceremony, Qaim Ali Shah and Rehman Malik met PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari. They discussed matters regarding the inclusion of MQM in the Sindh cabinet and law and order. It is expected that the MQM will also get a share of key bureaucratic postings. After the February 2008 general polls, the MQM became a part of the ruling coalition, spearheaded by the PPP. However, in February 2013, MQM had parted ways with the PPP.

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