Discontent simmers among coalition parties

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

Four major allies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has shown serious concerns over ignoring them in decision making process and started consultations to form a joint strategy however these allies will vote for budget.

Sources told the Daily Morning Mail that senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Muttahida Qaumi Movement- Pakistan (MQM-P), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) sit together at the residence of former prime minister and PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and discussed over all political situation, budget of next financial year and issues with PTI government.

This was the first formal meeting among four major allies since they joined the Imran khan government on certain conditions but after ten months they were now desperate with the government and wanted to discuss all issues with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Yes, we have met on single point agenda because PTI government did not fulfil its commitment with us and it’s time to talk directly with PM after all we are their allies but our ministers are ignored in key decision making process and our genuine works are ignored,” a PML-Q leader told the Daily Morning Mail when contacted.

Sources further told that they have sought time from Prime Minister for meeting. PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain spoke to special assistant to prime minister on political affairs Naeemul Haq for fixing meeting of time with PM. Naeemul Haq has assured him that soon this meeting will be arranged as PTI did not want to lose their allies.

PML-Q, MQM and GDA have representation of in federal cabinet .Tariq Bashir Cheema belongs to PML-Q, Faroogh Naseem and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of MQM and Fehmida Mirza of GDA were in cabinet from the day one but these ministers were not getting any support of PTI government and failed to fulfil their agenda. While the BNP-Mengal was not happy with government from the beginning as PTI failed to meet their six demands including missing persons.

Sources further said that these four allies will continue their consultation in coming days to reach on joint strategy.