x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Pakistan government wins back parliamentary majority

Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement is to rejoin the government coalition but not the federal cabinet in a move that restores the prime minister's majority.

KARACHI // Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said Friday it would rejoin the government coalition, but not the federal cabinet in a move that restores the prime minister's majority following a five-day crisis.

"The Muttahida Qaumi Movement announces it will sit on the government benches in the larger interest of the country and democracy," senior MQM member Raza Haroon told a news conference with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Gilani held crunch talks with the MQM on Friday, hoping to woo the party back into government and restore his majority in parliament, 24 hours after caving into a key MQM demand and reversing controversial fuel price hikes.