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PPP-MQM coalition to continue despite differences

world Updated: Aug 28, 2009 21:11 IST

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Altaf Hussain have agreed to continue the two parties’ coalition in Sindh province despite differences in many areas.

The decision was taken by the two leaders at a meeting here last evening, which was attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar and other senior officials. Asifa Bhutto Zardari was also present by her father’s side.

Hussain and Rehman Malik told newsmen that both the coalition partners were united on the understanding that Pakistan needed stability and its strength lay in the continuation of the ongoing democratic process.

The two leaders also discussed the thorny issue of local government system and the MQM appealed to the president not to abolish the system as it had benefitted a lot of people, The News reported.

Hussain said “some elements” were conspiring against PPP-MQM coalition to destablise the government and their target was the frail democratic system.

“These elements are trying to create a gulf between the two coalition partners and we have resolved that both parties will not allow it,” he said.