PML-N, MQM-P reach consensus on ‘basic points’, says Marriyum

News Desk
Monday, Feb 12, 2024

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) have reached a consensus on basic points for political cooperation in the best “interest of the nation and the country”, Geo News reported on Sunday.

PML-N Secretary Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said an in-principle agreement was reached between PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and the MQM-P leadership.“They vowed to work together for the interest of the country and the nation,” Marriyum said.

On the invitation of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, the MQM-P delegation led by Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui visited Nawaz’s residence at Jati Umra, Lahore.Nawaz led the PML-N delegation that included PML-N leaders Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Sanaullah, Ayaz Sadiq, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Marriyum Aurangzeb and Rana Mashhood.

The MQM-P delegation included Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori, Dr Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal, the PML-N spokesperson said sharing a video of the meeting on her X account. The consultation between the leaders of both parties lasted for about an hour. They talked in detail about the emerging political situation and exchanged suggestions, she added.Marriyum said the political leaders also confided in each other regarding the overall political situation and the contacts made so far. Earlier, on their arrival in Raiwand, Nawaz and Shehbaz with their party leaders welcomed the MQM-P delegation.

Speaking to the media after meeting with the PML-N leadership, MQM-P Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui called for forging political stability in the country.Siddiqui turned down reports suggesting that the Karachi-based party had initiated “talks” with the PML-N for matters pertaining to the formation of the government.

“We discussed issues revolving around Pakistan’s stability [...] No discussions have been held on the issue of government formation,” he said.“The news [reports circulating] in the media regarding government formation are not correct,” he said while calling for the stakeholders to act beyond their respective political interests.