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Thursday Jan 30 2020

MQM-P denies demanding another ministry for return to federal cabinet

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) delegation, headed by Planning Minister Asad Umar, meets Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui at the MQM-P's office in Bahaduarabad in Karachi, Pakistan. INP/S Akber

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Thursday denied that it had demanded another ministry from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) federal government.

The Karachi-based party's deputy convener, Amir Khan, refuted the claims, saying the news was baseless. The MQM-P did not want a ministry but wishes to solve the city's issues, he said.

The party also did not request for a ministry during the meeting at senior PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen's residence, Khan added.

Earlier, sources in the party had told Geo News that it had demanded another ministry from the federal government as a condition for its return to the cabinet.

The sources had told Geo News that MQM-P has asked for a ministry for its leader, Syed Aminul Haque, in order to return to the federal cabinet. Until the federal government gives Haque a ministry, the party would not rejoin the cabinet, the sources added.

The sources had further said the federal government had assured to release development funds for Karachi and give the MQM-P another ministry. The assurances were given by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and senior PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen at the latter's residence.

However, the government has not acted on its assurance till now, so the Karachi-based party cannot return to the cabinet, the sources had added.