Despite boycotting the elections, MQM managed to win 6 seats at the National Assembly; 2 in Hyderabad and 4 from Karachi. This, however, is a drastic loss for the party who held 24 seats in the NA after the 2013 general elections. While the seats are less for MQM, this does play a crucial role as PTI needs to form an alliance as it lacks a simple majority when it comes to forming the government on their very own.
Jahangir Tareen Khan, the pointman of PTI flew from Islamabad to Karacghi and met the nemesis MQM in order to invite them to form an alliance for the federal government which will be led by PTI. Jahangir Tareen alongside Imran Ismail, Shamim Naqvi and Arif Alvi went to MQM’s headquarters in Bahadurabad. Mayor Wasim Akhtar, Khuwaja Izharul Hasan, Faisal Subzwari and Dr Farooq Sattar were present during the meeting.
While the talks lasted till 1 am, MQM sources revealed to Dawn News that the party is not interested in forming a single ministry and wish to add more powers in the local governments of Hyderabad and Karachi. It was also revealed that at the same day, PMLN sent the Governor of Sindh Muhammad Zubair to MQM headquarters, urging them not to support PTI. He instructed MQM to sit in the parliament in the opposition with PMLN rather than to sit with PTI.
PTI Showing Interest in MQM In Terms of Alliance Has Raised A Lot of Eyebrows
Pakistanis, in general are not happy with PTI approaching MQM for this matter.
A moment of silence for the people of Karachi who voted for PTI to get rid of MQM .. Ayeena dekho to apnay mathay per chtutya Likha to Saaf nazar aata hoga 😂
— Sherry (@CherieDamour_) August 1, 2018
PTI and MQM right now. pic.twitter.com/pvGo0aFmOl
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) August 1, 2018
There Was a Time When Imran Khan Promised He Would Never Support The “Corrupted” MQM
Imran khan promised he will never share stage with MQM because its a party of killers and MQM said PTI has won through nationwide rigging and corruption. Now both have taken u-turns to become parters. This is Purana Pakistan https://t.co/qFuuvGdcj7
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) August 1, 2018
Laughing at all the Youthias who voted for IK to get rid of MQM in Karachi. And now MQM has allied itself with PTI to get karachi in return.
— Annie (@bluntfactor) August 1, 2018
While MQM has the decision to make – whether to sit with PTI or in the opposition, Pakistanis believe that PTI, especially Imran Khan has broken the promise they made.