Prime Minister urges PPP, MQM to settle differences through talks

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has underlined the need for reconciliation between Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Sources said the Prime Minister during a meeting with an MQM delegation stated that the country can not afford political instability. The PM underscored the need for the two major political forces in Sindh province to engage in talks to settle their differences.

An official dismissed the reports that Prime Minister offered to act as a mediator between PPP and MQM to settle their disputes. He added that the Prime Minister, however, stressed the need that the two sides must follow the course of reconciliation. The meeting held talks on overall political situation particularly in Sindh with Prime Minister emphasising that democratically elected forces need to work in unison for the development and progress of Sindh. The MQM delegation was led by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui who stated that development projects in Karachi must be completed on time.

The MQM delegation reportedly brought a list of incomplete development projects to the notice of the Prime Minister. Nawaz stated that directions have been passed on to those concerned to ensure that projects are completed on time in Karachi. He further stated that difference of opinion is the beauty of democracy and the aim should be towards country’s development and people’s betterment.

Nawaz added that during the last few months Pakistan has witnessed an exemplary display of parliamentary democracy and rule of law in which all political parties expressed solidarity with the system. Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Political Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani also attended the meeting from the government side and MQM delegation also included Abdul Rashid Godil, Dr Farooq Sattar and Nasreen Jalil.