Karachi: MQM leader Dr Ishratul Ibad
appears set to resume his duties as Governor of Sindh, amid
growing speculation of a deal with the ruling PPP, a move
likely to help restore peace in Pakistan`s financial capital.
Ibad had submitted his resignation to President Asif
Ali Zardari and left the country last month after the
Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) broke ties with its coalition
partner Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) over several
Zardari had kept the resignation pending.
MQM supremo Altaf Hussain directed Ibad to return to
his office today.
Ibad has apparently accepted the directive from MQM
chief and will return to Pakistan tonight to resume his duties
President`s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said MQM`s
decision will promote reconciliation.
"Ibad’s return will help improve law and order," Babar
Sources said Hussain?s directives to Ibad came after a
long discussion with Zardari, who requested him to ensure the
Governor resumed his duties and there was renewed cooperation
between the MQM and the ruling coalition.
However, MQM parliamentary leader Faisal Sabzwari said
MQM would remain in opposition in the National Assembly at the
centre and Sindh Assembly.
MQM leader Raza Haroon said stability in Karachi and
Sindh is very important. "Governor will work to restore peace
in Karachi," said Haroon.
He said MQM`s decision to sit in opposition was a
principled stand. "We wish to be allowed to work in the
opposition," he underlined.
The PML-N led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
criticized the patch up efforts between the MQM and the PPP.
"The PML-N had feared the MQM would return to the
government...sitting in the opposition is not easy," said
PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal.
Since the MQM broke ties with the government in the
province and centre, they were several bouts of violence in
Karachi and this month alone around 125 people have died in
ethnic and sectarian killings.
Political analysts say the MQM may have decided to
take up the Governor`s post after getting assurances the
commissioners system of governance in Karachi would be