KARACHI - The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, after quitting the provincial and federal governments just before one month of dissolution of the coalition setup, has started efforts to find new allies and offered the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional to work jointly as the opposition in Sindh Assembly and Centre.

A delegation of the MQM led by its central leader Raza Haroon on Sunday met with PML-F leader Imtiaz Shaikh and extended the offer.

However, the PML-F, which parted ways with the PPP a few months ago, has put forth three conditions demanding the MQM to accept PML-F’s nominee female MPA Nusrat Saher Abbasi as leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly, repeal the Sindh People’s Local Government Act 2012 and ask Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad to tender his resignation.

After the meeting, MQM leader Raza Haroon told media that he would put the PML-F conditions before his party Coordination Committee. He said that his party worked together with the PPP on every difficult time but in return it gave nothing. As the PPP government is withdrawing cases against criminals of the Lyari gang-war and putting the peace of city on risk, so the MQM has decided to qui the government. He said MQM chief Altaf Hussain and Pir Pagara has relation of brotherhood and respect.

On this occasion, Imtiaz Shaikh said that his party has put three conditions before the MQM. He said that Altaf Hussain should play his role in repealing the controversial local government system.

Earlier, addressing a press conference at his residence, PML-F leader Imtiaz Shaikh reiterated his party’s demand to change the political Governors of all four provinces.

He said they (MQM) are coming to meet the PML-F but should proof through their attitude and words. He said if Muttahida accepted the conditions than his party would take their step as genuine towards holding fair and free elections in the country. He accused that the PPP wanted to do the politics of “Muk Mukka”. He said due to the dirty politics of the PPP, holding of fair and free elections is becoming doubtful.

He said the local government ordinance was the main reason which made his party part ways with the PPP and this was a principle stand of the party. He accused the government of pre-poll rigging.