MQM, PPP would restart dialogues on discordant issues

KARACHI: The leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has said that the old relations with Pakistan Peoples Party would continue in the larger interest of the country, particularly for promoting peace and stability in Sindh province.

This he stated while talking to Minister for Interior A. Rehman Malik, who called on him in London, a statement issued by MQM said here on Saturday.

The current political situation in the country was discussed in detail in the meeting that lasted for over three and a half hour, it said.

Altaf Hussain said that his party believed in retaining relationships with all democratic forces in the country, including the PPP. It was decided in the meeting that the core committees of the MQM and the PPP would restart dialogues on all discordant issues.

It was also decided that both the parties would contest general elections individually but there could be a possibility for adjustments on certain seats. Rehman Malik praised the role of Altaf Hussain for the continuation of democracy in the country and said that the PPP government could not possibly have completed its tenure of five years if Altaf Hussain had not extended his support.

He said that the democratic process would also not have continued for five years if it were not for the sacrifices and support of Altaf Hussain in every difficult time.

Overall national and international situation also came under discussion in the meeting besides the current political situation, it said.