Sindh Governor accepts resignations of MQM ministers

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad KhanKARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan on Tuesday accepted resignations of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ministers from the provincial cabinet.

Dr Ishrat also signed the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2014, days after the Sindh Assembly had approved it on Oct 20, giving the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) the authority to carry out delimitation of constituencies in the province.

The acceptance of resignations comes after the MQM parted ways with the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government in Sindh, in response to alleged statements made against party chief Altaf Hussain and Muhajirs by the PPP leadership.

On Oct 26, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had accepted resignations of four advisers belonging to MQM.

Earlier this month, the PPP had landed in a controversy with the MQM when Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah remarked that ‘the use of word Muhajir was an insult’.

The controversial statement was not taken lightly by the MQM, which called Oct 17 the “most unfortunate day in the history of Pakistan” given that the senior PPP leader termed ‘Muhajir’ an objectionable word at least four times.

MQM had hoisted black flags at all party offices across the country and observed a ‘black day’ in protest against the statement by Shah, who had later apologised and retracted his words after facing criticism.

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