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Monday, July 18, 2011

Altaf directs Ishrat ul Ibad to take charge as Governor

KARACHI, July 18 : After hectic backdoor channels talks between the PPP top functionaries and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) the MQM supremo Chief Altaf Hussain directed on Monday Dr Ishratul Ibad to return to his office as Governor Sindh.

Dr Ishratul Ibad has reportedly accepted the high command directives, and will take up his responsibilities on Tuesday following his return from Dubai to Pakistan tonight.

The MQM chief's order came after a request by President Asif Ali Zardari, says MQM spokesman that Dr. ishratul Ibad after taking charge of his office of governorship would continue to work for harmony between the federal and the Sindh government and will act as a bridge in bringing closer PPP and the MQM.

The sources said that Dr. Asim and the PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had played their role in convincing the MQM leadership to settle the matter.

MQM central leader Faisal Sabzwari confirms that Hussain has directed Ebad to resume his duties.

The president had said that Ishratul Ibad's return to the governor post will strengthen democracy.

MQM lawmakers have quitted federal and provincial ministries and Dr Ebad resigned from his office in protest against PPP government's move to delay elections of Azad Kashmir's Legislative Assembly. The relationship between the two parties had also taken a hit following controversial anti-MQM statements made by senior Sindh Minister Zulfiqar Mirza resulting in violent
protests in Karachi

However, MQM decision disappointed Pakistan Muslim League's (PML-N) as it sees the move as setback to its efforts for formulation of a 'grand opposition alliance' against PPP-led government.

The PML-N who had supported the MQM's shift into the opposition has criticized this new development.

"The PML-N had feared the MQM would return to the government.sitting in the opposition is not easy," said PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal told a private tv channel.

This step may likely be a first move in an MQM-PPP patch-up after a fallout during the recent AJK elections that resulted in the MQM joining the opposition in parliament and the Iqbal said that both the parties, PPP and MQM, should work together for the betterment and the peace in Karachi city. "Both the parties seriously play their role to restore peace in the city."

Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan's giving his reaction on the political development said PPP dream came true. "Opposition's dream of grand alliance broken with Ebad's back," he maintained.

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