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PPP mulls over parting ways with MQM

farhatullah babarISLAMABAD: The top brass of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) continued a series of meetings on Wednesday and, according to sources, considered a proposal to part ways with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

The sources said the alliance with the MQM was being of no benefit to the government. The sources declined to share details of the discussion on the proposal.

A meeting of the PPP Core Committee jointly chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani lasted for over three hours and discussed various matters, including the role of the opposition, the judiciary and coalition allies.

The meeting decided that the PPP would negotiate with all political and democratic forces, including the PML-N, to protect democracy and reiterated the party’s resolve to foil every attempt to derail it.

It also discussed a move by the Pakistan Muslim League-F to forge an alliance with other PML factions.

“The meeting reiterated the party’s resolve to protect and strengthen parliamentary democracy in the country and also defend and respect all state institutions,” presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said. The president praised the prime minister and the cabinet for their resolve to strengthen parliamentary democracy, the spokesman said.

He asked the PPP stalwarts not to be deterred by anti-government propaganda.

The meeting was attended by Senator Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Rehman A. Malik, Syed Khurshid Shah, Babar Awan, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Mian Raza Rabbani, Senator Jahangir Badr, Rukhsana Bangash, Fouzia Habib, Fouzia Wahab, Mehreen Anwar Raja, Senator Faisal Raza Abdi and Mr Babar.

On Thursday, PPP’s CEC will meet to discuss ways to counter any anti-government move and forge unity in party ranks.

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