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Govt, MQM iron out wrinkles in alliance

Malik assures resolution of outstanding issues
KARACHI: The on-going tension within the ruling alliance seems to have been resolved much to the satisfaction of the MQM, as Interior Minister, Rehman Malik assured the resolution of all issues. Talking to media here outside Bilawal house Saturday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that PPP is not going to present bill for restoration of Commissioners’ system in Assembly.
He further said that reservations of MQM would be removed while such steps would be taken that would satisfy MQM chief Altaf Hussain. He added that MQM did not demanded replacement of Home Minister Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza.
He further said that meeting with Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul Ebad was amicable. Answering to question about traveling on without number plate vehicle, he replied that the without number plate vehicle has been used to hide identity in wake of security concerns.

Earlier, on Friday, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the MQM agreed that all lawmaking, including the one relating to the Commissionerate System, would be done in consultation with coalition partners.
The agreement was reached at a meeting of a committee set up by President Asif Ali Zardari to sort out issues between coalition partners in the province. The five-hour long meeting between Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah was held at the Governor’s House. According to the sources, MQM has handed over a list of its demands to interior minister Rehman Malik which will be sent to President Asif Ali Zardari for his approval.
However Raza Haroon, provincial minister from MQM while talking to media men here Saturday outside Bilawal house neither confirmed nor contradicted the reports about the list of demand.
“If Rehman Malik says MQM has presented its demands to the government then only Rehman Malik can tell about it”, he held.
Responding to a question he said MQM had taken action about resigning from ministries. However only coordination committee would take decision about rejoining cabinet or other wise, he added. “We are people who harbor good hopes and want to maintain policy of reconciliation”, he remarked.
Raza Haroon said he had not met President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday. I was invited to 19th amendment signing ceremony and MQM participated in the ceremony, he added.
Talking to journalists, interior minister Rehman Malik said peaceful protest was right of every one. Ulema from across the country cooperated with the police, he told.
There is friendship between Asif Ali Zardari and Altaf Bhai, he said adding good working relationship is prevailing between MQM and PPP and both the parties will go side by side. Report about reservations of MQM has been framed and it will be presented to the president on Sunday, he stated.
Government has no intention to amend blasphemy law, he said adding every legislator can table bill in the house. -Online


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