Main Pakistan coalition party quits government

The Pakistan government's main coalition partner said Sunday that it would join the opposition following the resignation of two of its ministers last month.

"We have decided to sit on opposition benches because the government has not done anything to address the issues we have been protesting about," Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) stalwart Faisal Sabzwari told AFP.

"It has become difficult for us to face our supporters and workers. In the first phase our ministers resigned and now we have decided to sit in opposition," Sabzwari said.

"We will stay in Sindh provincial coalition and have decided to quit government at federal level because all these issues are related to federal government," he said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani tried to appear calm in a live television talk with journalists in the eastern city of Lahore, saying there was no danger to the government.

"The government is not going to fall," Gilani said.
"I was unanimously elected, all parties voted for me in national assembly. We have contacts with all parties," Gilani said.

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