The ruling coalition in Pakistan once again includes the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) after a decision to reverse fuel price increases by the Prime Minister’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
In a move which threatened to destabilise the Pakistan Government, the MQM had quit the coalition earlier this week citing concerns over, among other things, the recent fuel price increase.
However, following the decision to remove the fuel increase, the MQM has today announced that it is happy to join the coalition once more.
Both moves may have been prompted by the recent violent killing of PPP member, Salman Taseer, who was governor of the most populous region of Pakistan, Punjab.
No Government of Pakistan has ever survived a full term of office. If the uneasy truce between the MQM and the PPP can be built upon, there is a good chance that this one may be the first.