The leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday failed to convince the Convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui to reconsider his decision to leave the federal cabinet.
After meeting the MQM-P leadership, the Federal Minister Asad Umar took it to the media and said that “it is our wish that Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui remains a part of the cabinet, however, he is not ready to take back his decision.”
The Federal Minister Asad Umar added that a joint strategy has been formed “to move forward for Karachi’s betterment”, as MQM-P was told by him that “it is better that both the parties work jointly.”
Asad Umer added that the mega projects of Karachi would be completed soon and PM Imran Khan will visit the metropolis for their inauguration.
The former finance minister assured MQM-O that the federal government is committed to improve the infrastructure of Karachi, for which a special package was announced.
He explained “There are two major problems of Karachi: clean drinking water and transport.”
He added “Work is underway on K-IV and a technical committee of Sindh is reviewing the report prepared by NESPAK, after which the centre will release the committed funds for its completion.”
The MQM-P on Sunday gave the government of PTI in the centre a jolt as Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui announced his decision to leave the federal cabinet over “unfulfilled promises”.
MQM-P wants govt to eke out another ministry: sources
However, the key leaders of MQM-P told the sources that the recent move of party was a part of pressurizing the federal government to give it another ministry because, the party believes, Farogh Naseem, Minister for Law and Justice, has been solely working for federal government and helping them as a competent lawyer, instead of working as a representative of the MQM-P in the federal cabinet.
Following the bombshell announcement, PM Imran Khan tasked the Karachi leaders of PTI to meet the leaders of MQM-P and address their grievances.
PTI delegation headed by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and comprising Firdous Shamim Naqvi and Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Khurram Sher Zaman reached the MQM office in Bahaduarabad earlier today.
According to sources, the Pakistan Tehreek would assure them of fulfilling their demands and request the party to rejoin cabinet.
Khalid Maqbool unhappy with Tania Aidrus
According to sources, Khalid Maqbool was extremely unhappy with his ministry in reference to the continuous intervention of Tania Aidrus, who is leading Digital Pakistan initiative.
The close sources of Khalid Maqbool Sidiqui informed that he felt stranger in his ministry while Tania Aidrus had started holding meetings with prime minister and heads of other institutions directly and besides it she also issued directions to those institutions which are responsible for running the affairs of the ministry and Federal Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui complained several times in this regard.