The Sindh-centre strain – An Article by PILDAT President published in DAWN


RELATIONS between Islamabad and Karachi are on the boil. To an extent, it is understandable as the two governments are run by rival political parties — the PTI and PPP. The latter’s arch rival in Sindh is the MQM whom the PTI has embraced as an ally at the centre — not so much out of love as political compulsions because of a razor-thin majority in the National Assembly. While the PPP rules in Sindh, the MQM needs support in high places, and despite the fact that both the PTI and MQM happen to be the greatest political threat to each other in Karachi, the two have entered into a marriage of convenience. Their alliance is not the only thing that instils bitterness in Sindh-centre relations.

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