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Pakistan heading towards grand opposition alliance

07-04-2011 15:57 BJT

ISLAMABAD, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Almost all major opposition political and religious parties in Pakistan have given nod to form a grand opposition alliance against the government. Political commentators said the new grand alliance may emerge as a possible election alliance.

The grand opposition alliance has been mooted by former prime minister and main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif last week after a key group parted ways with the government led by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) of President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) or the National United Movement, after quitting the government, announced that its lawmakers will join the opposition in the parliament. MQM had been part of the ruling coalition for three years and its two ministers resigned from the federal cabinet and 13 ministers from the cabinet in southern Sindh province as protest against what it called "dictatorial" approach of the government.

Governor of Sindh, who belonged to MQM, also resigned. The government has not yet accepted resignations of the MQM ministers and the governor with a hope to convince them to rejoin the government but the MQM has ruled out any change and says will opt for joining the grand opposition.

Another third opposition party "Jamait ulema-e-Islam" (JUI-F), a pro-Taliban Islamic group, has also indicated to join the opposition alliance. A senior JUI-F leader and leader of the opposition in the Senate, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidry, has said that his party is ready to join the grand opposition alliance.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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