MQM-P faces 'refusal from PML-N for four ministries' in next govt

In a tit-for-tat move, Khalid-led party "decides not to join new cabinet until fulfilment of demands"

By Waqar Satti
February 29, 2024
MQM-P leaders address a press conference to unveil the 2024 election manifesto in Karachi on January 4, 2024. — Facebook/MQM.Pakistan

As major parties increased collaborations and assurances to form the next governments in the Centre and provinces, the talks between Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have stalled once again over the division of “ministries in the next cabinet.”

The alliance between the Khalid-led party and the Nawaz-led party is once again in the doldrums as the MQM-P, which won 17 National Assembly (NA) seats after the general elections 2024, “failed to get assurances from the PML-N for its desired numbers of four ministries in the next federal cabinet,” Geo News reported citing sources.


The party’s dream of easily bargaining “four ministries” was shattered by the former ruling party which “offered only one ministry” after multiple rounds of talks between top leaderships of both sides.

The sources closer to the Nawaz-led party revealed that the PML-N has also been demanded to retain the Sindh governor from the MQM-P.

The Khalid-led party is ready to take part in the voting for the prime minister, and the NA speaker slots, however, it signalled to abstain from voting in the upcoming elections for the president and the Senate chairman’s posts, the sources revealed.

In a tit-for-tat move, the MQM-P also “decided not to join the next federal cabinet until the fulfilment of its demands,” it emerged.

However, the PML-N leaders were hopeful for “finding a solution to convince the MQM-P as both sides have not concluded the dialogues yet”.

The development came to the limelight after the MQM-P’s top leaders — Kamran Tessori and Mustafa Kamal — faced an untoward situation of their purported audio conversations leaked on social media platforms in which they were complaining about “paying the cost of becoming part of the Shahbaz Sharif-led coalition”, and accusing the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of attempting to corner them.

Both MQM-P leaders confirmed the veracity of the audios, however, they termed them to be taken “out-of-context.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the MQM-P stood at fourth rank as per party positioning in the National Assembly after the preliminary results of the February 8 nationwide polls.