Mustafa Kamal, the central leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), addressed the ongoing speculation surrounding seat adjustments in an interview with Geo News’ program ‘Naya Pakistan.’ He emphasized that no definitive decision has been reached regarding seat adjustments, and discussions with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are ongoing.
During the interview, Kamal stated that the MQM aims to carry forward the tradition of collaboration with the government, citing the past 16 months spent in cooperation. He underscored the need for a significant political alliance in Punjab, expressing the MQM’s preference for a large party in the province, ruling out options such as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Mustafa Kamal clarified that their agenda revolves around reforms and constitutional amendments, requiring the support of a substantial political force in Punjab. He added that discussions are ongoing with both the PML-N and the PTI, emphasizing the necessity of a major political party in Punjab for their objectives.
Regarding the seat adjustments and alliances, Kamal mentioned that decisions would become clear in the next two to three days. He dismissed the notion of deadlock in negotiations, stating that conversations with the PML-N are progressing, and there is no cause for concern. Kamal also mentioned that Shahbaz Sharif, President of the PML-N, should come to the MQM headquarters in Karachi for fruitful discussions.
Addressing the situation in NA-242, Mustafa Kamal indicated that it is premature to comment on seat adjustments, emphasizing that clarity on the matter will emerge at an appropriate time. He assured that there is no deadlock, and discussions with the PML-N are continuing positively.
Mustafa Kamal’s remarks shed light on the ongoing political dynamics in Pakistan, particularly concerning seat adjustments and alliances. The emphasis on collaboration and the quest for a significant political force in Punjab highlights the strategic considerations of the MQM in the evolving political landscape.