Government coalition members Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has given the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) a three day ultimatum to fulfill their ‘legitimate’ demands.
In a statement released late on Monday, the MQM coordination committee said that an emergency meeting of the party members based in London and Pakistan decided that the MQM will leave the treasury benches for the opposition if the ruling PPP fails to accept their demands.
They claimed that that their proposals were for the greater good of the public at large and should be implemented.
The MQM said that the PPP has yet to come good on their previous promises, and that they were now fast running out of patience. However, they maintained that even as part of the opposition, the MQM will continue working to further democracy and stability in Pakistan.
The release though noted that the committee’s decision has been sent to party chief Altaf Hussian for review. It urged party workers to wait for a future course of action which would be revealed shortly and to prepare for sacrifices, should they be needed.
The statement however failed to specify the nature of demands.
Express News correspondent Naeem Khanzada said that some sources in both parties have revealed that the latest rift revolves around the lack of notification for implementing the local government ordinance signed earlier this month.
Khanzada said that a PPP source hinted that the notification was stalled currently due to President Asif Ali Zardari’s tour of the US.