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MQM-Pakistan Delays Decision on Presidential Election Support

The MQM-Pakistan Rabita Committee postpones its decision on backing Asif Ali Zardari in the presidential election, citing scheduling conflicts, while emphasizing the significance of the party's internal approval process.

The decision of the MQM-Pakistan (MQM-P) Rabita Committee regarding voting for Asif Ali Zardari in the upcoming presidential election has been postponed, as reported by ARY News.

Sources have disclosed that the Rabita Committee meeting, convened specifically to discuss the presidential election, has been deferred due to the busy schedules of its members. The meeting, originally slated for discussion, has now been rescheduled for Wednesday.

Insiders suggest that the party’s stance on the presidential election is likely to be determined during the rescheduled meeting on Wednesday.

In the interim, MQM-Pakistan has opted to reinstate the previous party structure and has allocated responsibilities to each member of the Sindh Assembly at the town level. Assembly members have been instructed to establish offices in their respective constituencies to address public concerns.

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Earlier this week, MQM-P emphasized that its support for Asif Ali Zardari, the nominee of allied parties, in the presidential elections would be subject to the approval of the Rabita Committee.

A joint delegation comprising representatives from the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) engaged in discussions with MQM-P leaders at Parliament lodges in Islamabad ahead of the scheduled presidential elections on March 9. The delegation formally requested MQM-P’s support for Asif Ali Zardari.

Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui clarified to the media after the meeting that the final decision regarding supporting the candidate of allied parties would rest with the party’s Rabita Committee.