Talks with MQM-P focused on constitutional amendments: Khawaja Saad

KARACHI — Senior PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique stated on Sunday that the party will present constitutional revisions that would need a two-thirds majority, and that the idea was the main focus of their negotiations with the MQM-P.

“The point [under discussion] in dialogue with the MQM-P is what constitutional changes will be implemented if [our] government is formed,” he said during a news conference at the Karachi news Club.

Saad stated unequivocally that eliminating anyone [minus formula] from politics was not on their plan. He stated that they had met Pir Pagara, the PML-F chief, and the JUI-F yesterday [Saturday] and would meet with the MQM-P leadership later in the day.

He said the PML-N has agreed to run in the forthcoming elections alongside the MQM-P and the JUI-F, and that negotiations with other political groups were ongoing.

Concerning the style of electoral cooperation among the various political allies, he stated that there would be seat adjustment and that each party would vote under its own election symbol.

He also regretted that Karachi had been purposefully damaged and had been overlooked by every government. “We will do our best to run the country together in accordance with the constitution,” the experienced politician stated when asked about the next steps following the much-anticipated elections.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, a member of the visiting PML-N delegation, stated that the time of former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s arrival in Karachi will be determined after the conclusion of their current tour.

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