Zardari tries to rope in MQM for coalition | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 24, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 24, 2008

Zardari tries to rope in MQM for coalition

Stepping up consultations for forming a coalition government in Pakistan, PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari discussed possible cooperation with pro-Musharraf MQM's chief Altaf Hussain, a move apparently opposed by PML-N of Nawaz Sharif.
Amid mounting worries about the future of President Pervez Musharraf, the PML-Q, which had backed him, fired the first salvo against the beleaguered leader on Friday night, saying his decision to impose emergency was responsible for its "disastrous" performance in the February 18 polls.
The party, which bagged 39 parliamentary seats in the polls, is to shortly hold an extraordinary meeting in Islamabad apparently to prevent possible defections of its elected representatives.
Zardari spoke to the London-based Hussain on phone late on Friday night and discussed the political situation in the wake of Monday's general election in which the PPP has emerged the largest party in the National Assembly.
The MQM too performed well in the polls, bagging 19 seats in the lower house of parliament and emerging as the second largest party in the southern Sindh province, where the PPP is set to form the government.

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