KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has officially announced its unconditional support for the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) nominee in the presidential election.
“The leader of the party, Altaf Hussain, has announced unconditional support to Mamnoon Hussain, the PML-N’s nominee for the presidential election,” MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi told a press conference on Friday at the party’s ‘Nine-Zero’ headquarters at Azizabad.
A delegation of PML-N including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain, and Information Minister Pervez Rasheed also formally invited the MQM to join them in the PML-N-led federal coalition government.
Thanking the PML-N for the invitation, Siddiqi said the offer would be discussed with the party’s senior leadership.
The PML-N delegation first called on Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad at the Governor House in Karachi. Sources said that the Sindh governor spoke with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone.
Later, the delegation visited ‘Nine-Zero’ where they met with members of the party’s Rabita Committee (central coordination committee).
“If elected, I will try to ensure that I do not serve as the president of the PML-N, but a president for all political parties,” Mamnoon Hussain told a press conference following the meeting.
“I will also pay special attention to Karachi for a viable solution to the problems of the city,” he said.