First day, first fight! MQM-P is not happy with PM Shehbaz Sharif’s act!

ISLAMABAD – MQM-P leader Wasim Akhtar is not happy with newly-elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's act of ignoring in his speech the agreements reached with his party.–Photo courtesy Wasim Akhtar on Twitter

ISLAMABAD – A key leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) looked visibly upset after Prime Minister-elect Shehbaz Sharif did not mention in his speech the agreements reached with his party.

Soon after Sharif concluded his maiden speech as the newly-elected prime minister of Pakistan on Monday, MQM-P leader Wasim Akhtar had an argument with his party’s convener, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, for not having the agreements made with the MQM-P mentioned in the prime minister’s speech.

When asked by ARY News reporter Abdul Qadir why he was so upset, Akhtar said it was his desire that the prime minister should mention in his speech the final agreements that Asif Ali Zardari, Shehbaz Sharif and Fazl-ur-Rehman had reached with the MQM-P at the federal and Sindh levels.

He said that Sharif had been elected prime minister because of those agreements. He said that a chit was also sent to the prime minister as a reminder during his speech, but he didn’t see it. He said that he was not happy about it and that was the reason he raised his voice.

MQM-P had been part of the ruling coalition led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan since 2018. The Karachi-based party however left the ruling coalition and resigned from two key ministries after the opposition parties led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 8.

Finally, Khan was ousted from power on April 10 as result of the no-confidence motion. The one-month long wrangling resulted in a serious political crisis in Pakistan.

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