The PPPP and Mr. Zardari has made a strategic move in choosing partners in this new government. One the one hand the PMLN is a partner. On the other hand, it is a ruthless competitor. Mr. Zardari, like Mr. Sharif is preparing for the next elections. The appointment of Mr. Gilani was to negate the “Punjab” card of Mr. Sharif.
Mr. Sharif and several members of his party wth hubris and arrogance had threatened to leave the government if the MQM was added to the Federal cabinet. Mr. Zardari has done exactly that. The gauntlet has been thrown.
Mr. Sharif: The ball is in your court now!
As soon as the tubelight turns on, he will find out what hit him and what is going on.–though after some flickering, it will take some time!
With the PMLN on the sidelines, is an alliance with the PMLQ possible? Absolutely, not only is it possible, but it is in the works. Rupee News can’t wait to find out if Mr. Ahtizaz Ahsan runs on the Pindi NA-55 ticket on the PPP or the PMLN ticket. Chances are its PPPP now.
Mr. Zardari knows which side of the bread is buttered. His alliance with the PMLN during the election was to put pressure on Mr. Musharraf to get the NRO signed. With the NRO out of the way and the NAP headed towards dissolution, Mr. Sharif is as expendable as a used Kleenix. Mr. Zardari has calculated that if Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s friend Iftikhar Chaudhry is reinstated, the constitutionality of the NRO will be questioned and Mr. Zardari may be in jeopardy of paying for his crimes in a former life as Mr. 10%.
The new judges also gave the Prime Minsitership to Mr. Zardari by overturning the parliament’s law that required a graduation degree to be a member of parliament. Mr. Zardai is not a graduate and with the removal of this last impediment to the road to Premiership.
The PMLN has publicly announced that if the MQM is included in the Federal cabinet the PMLN will withdraw from the government.
Now is the test!
The campaign against which started as a whispering campaign had reached fever pitch in the past few weeks. Apparently Mr. Zardari was fully aware of the PMLN tactic to divide the new and old Sindhis and then arm the Haqiqis to ravage Karachi. Mr. Zardari saw through the Sharif smoke and mirrors and took steps to unite Sindh and position itself against the PMLN in the Punjab.
We would say: Hats off to Mr. Zardai. Brilliant… for a illiterate man!
PPP, MQM strike deal By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque
KARACHI, April 28: After a series of talks, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement finally struck a power-sharing deal and agreed to form a coalition government in Sindh.
Apparently because of the fragile political situation, the parties were reluctant on Monday to divulge details of the power-sharing formula.
Sources confirmed that an accord had been reached under which the MQM would get eight ministries and five advisers in the Sindh cabinet.
The sources said that the MQM would join the PPP-led government by Friday. They also said that the party leadership was interviewing 50 MPAs to select eight ministers and the process might take two to three days.
According to sources in the MQM, Syed Sardar Ahmed, Shoaib Bukhari, Adil Siddiqui, Askari Taqvi, Raza Haroon and Faisal Subzwari were likely to be made ministers while M.A. Jalil and Ashfaq Mangi would be made chief minister’s advisers.
It is learnt that the PPP would also accommodate two MNAs of the MQM in the federal cabinet.
PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is reported to have given his consent to the deal and he is expected to travel to London soon to meet MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
It is learnt that Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad were instrumental in reviving dialogue between the two parties after the MQM announced on April 13 that the talks had failed and it would sit in the opposition.
The reasons which the party had given for the failure of talks were the appointment of Dr Shoaib Suddle as Sindh police chief and ‘non-serious’ attitude of the PPP.
However, back-channel contacts continued and a committee comprising representatives of both parties met on April 22 in Islamabad. Another round of talks was held in Islamabad on April 26 in which the draft of an agreement was prepared.
It may be noted that the MQM had withdrawn unconditionally its candidate for the election of prime minister and the party’s MNAs voted in favour of PPP candidate Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. Subsequently, on April 2, Mr Zardari visited the MQM headquarters and expressed his gratitude for MQM’s gesture.