Karachi, Nov. 27 (Reuters): A regional party withdrew its support today for the new pro-military Pakistani government, jeopardising the Prime Minister’s survival in office less than a week after he was sworn in.
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), powerful in southern cities, said it would sit in the Opposition in national and provincial assemblies after Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali’s government failed to back it in a row with a rival faction over control of some parts of Karachi.
MQM and the breakaway faction have been at loggerheads for years over what the MQM calls “no-go-areas” in sprawling Karachi where the rival faction holds sway.
“The Jamali government has failed to honour promises it had made to us. Therefore we have decided to sit on Opposition benches,” Farooq Sattar, a leader of MQM, told a news conference.
MQM won 16 seats in the National Assembly in last month’s general election and threw its weight behind Jamali’s bid to become the country’s first Prime Minister in three years.
MQM’s support was crucial for Jamali, who became Prime Minister with a razor-thin majority last week. He must survive a mandatory confidence vote within two months to survive in power.