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MQM suggests early election to PM Shehbaz

MQM Pakistan has suggested immediate elections to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and opposed the increase in prices of petroleum products, ARY News reported.

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According to the details, Muttahida Qaumi Moment leaders told reporters that MQM Pakistan had suggested an immediate election to the Prime Minister.

ARY cited sources as saying that MQM has opposed the increase in prices of petroleum products. They added that we must give up on our political agendas for the sake of the state, adding that the state has to be seen in difficult situations and not politics.

The party said that electoral reforms could be done in a week, general elections are the only solution to the problems, and it would be unfortunate if a fresh mandate is taken too late.

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The development comes as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had a meeting with Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Convener of MQM Pakistan and Member National Assembly, at the Prime Minister’s Office.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the country’s current political situation in detail.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui paid tribute to PM Shahbaz for prioritising the projects of public welfare and for his directives for the immediate implementation of development projects relating to the people of Karachi.

The Prime Minister welcomed the support of the allied parties in the implementation of the reforms of government reforms and termed their role vital in decisions of national interest.

As the economic situation worsens and PTI mounts pressure for early polls, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif Monday started consultations with the heads of coalition parties to mull over important issues.

After Siddiqui, the premier is scheduled to interact with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari today.

London huddle

Last week, PM Shahbaz Sharif held detailed discussions with PML-N supremo and his elder brother Nawaz Sharif in London on pressing issues.

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The premier and his key cabinet members belonging to PML-N stayed in the UK capital for three days, where the party held threadbare discussions.

The PML-N leaders who attended the London meetings are tight-lipped and do not share anything related to the party’s strategy to deal with the economic crisis and end the subsidies on petroleum products, which the IMF has linked with the revival of the loan programme.

According to a Daily Jang report published today, PM Shahbaz may also address the nation in a day or two to take the nation into confidence over the country’s prevailing financial and political situation.

It added that “a meeting of the National Security Committee — the country’s apex security body comprising civil and military leadership — can also be summoned to appraise all stakeholders on the current situation.”

The prime minister will present the options for dealing with the crises to the leaders of the coalition parties, after which the government will make the final decision.