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December 21, 2010

MQM, JI join hands against RGST

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AFP
December 21, 2010

LAHORE
THE Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have agreed to continue opposing the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) and to maintain relationship for mutual interest.
Both the parties reached this understanding after a telephonic contact made by MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain from London with JI Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan on Monday.
Central Secretary Information JI Anwar Niazi said both the leaders discussed the current political and economical situation in detail and developed a consensus that supporting RGST was out of question as its approval would mean another blow to the lower middle class population of Pakistan, which was fighting against constant price hike.
Sources said both the parties decided to continue contacts with each other and a delegation of MQM parliamentarians would also call upon the JI Ameer very soon in this connection.
Both the leaders also decided to forget the bitter past and to focus on important issues in the current circumstances, which were deteriorating gradually.
The leaders also voiced concern over the current situation of the country and agreed that all parties must work together in national interest.
Altaf Hussain also appreciated the protest rallies taken out by JI in the support of Namoos e Risalat

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