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MQM-P decides not to join federal cabinet

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  • MQM-P convener says party is more interested in getting commitments made by coalition partners fulfilled.
  • Party wants to extend its support to broad-based government from outside.
  • Refrains from commenting on Akhtar’s remarks expressing displeasure over no mention of commitments by Shehbaz.

ISLAMABAD: Amid consultations over the formation of a new federal cabinet in the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led regime, MQM-P has decided not to be part of it, The News reported.

Instead, the party wants to extend its support to the broad-based government from the outside.

With the decision already conveyed to the prime minister, MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said his party had discussed the formation of the new cabinet with the leaders of coalition partners in detail.

He said the MQM-P is more interested in the implementation of the commitments made by the coalition partners for the well-being of Karachi and other areas of the province.

“The commitments are significant, which need to be fulfilled,” Siddiqui said.

However, the politician did not comment on former Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar’s remarks where he took exception to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for not mentioning commitments with the MQM-P in his maiden speech as the premier in the National Assembly.

The MQM-P had two slots of the federal cabinet in the ousted government of the PTI. Syed Aminul Haque was IT minister while Senator Farogh Nasim was the law minister, representing the MQM-P in the government. 

Sources said the MQM-P was offered two slots in the federal government, Sindh’s governorship and about half a dozen slots in the Sindh cabinet beside municipal charge of three big cities of the province including Karachi mayorship but no decision has yet been taken about assuming these assignments. 

PM Shehbaz consults coalition partners over cabinet formation

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is in consultation with the leaders of the coalition parties over the formation of his cabinet.

However, sources privy to the matter said that PPP is unwilling to be a part of the cabinet, saying that it would support the government from the treasury benches in a better way.

According to the sources, one group within the party favours the idea of joining the cabinet to strengthen the coalition, while the other group is of the view that the party should instead focus on electoral reforms for early election.

However, the final decision will be made as per the top leadership’s will in a few days.

Sources said the PPP was more interested in the constitutional offices of the parliament and it would join the cabinet in the second phase. There is a consensus in the party on taking over the office of the National Assembly speaker with Raja Pervez Ashraf and Syed Naveed Qamar as its candidates.

They claimed that Ashraf was a strong contender, while Maulana Asad Mehmood of the JUI-F, the son of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, could be the deputy speaker.

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IBO in Dera Ismail Khan District: Armed Forces Remove Renowned Terrorist

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Security forces carried out an intelligence-driven operation in the Dera Ismail Khan District. During the operation, there was a fierce gunfight between the own troops and terrorists, which resulted in the extermination of terrorist Muhammad Sohail, who continued to actively engage in terrorist acts against law enforcement agencies and the targeted killing of innocent civilians. A sanitization operation is currently underway in the area to eradicate any additional terrorists that may have been discovered there. The local community has expressed gratitude for the operation and their unwavering support in the fight against terrorism.

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Promoting Mother Languages: Int’l Mother Language Day Being Observed Today

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All around the world, including Pakistan, today is International Mother Language Day. “Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning” is this year’s topic for the day.

Numerous events have been planned to honor the day and emphasize the value of Pakistan’s regional languages.

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Foreign Nationals’ Repatriation: Thus Far, 493,648 Afghans Have Left Pakistan

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Afghans and other undocumented foreign people are still being returned to their country of origin in a courteous and secure way.

493,648 Afghan people who entered the country illegally have returned home so far.

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