Roohan Ahmed

Roohan Ahmed is a Karachi-based journalist, who covers politics, extremism, militancy and urban crime. He is associated with Samaa Digital as Senior Reporter.

No meeting between foreign ministers in New York, India tells Pakistan

India accuses Pakistan of killing its policemen in occupied Kashmir

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TLP heads to Islamabad for ‘dharna’ and this time it wants the Dutch Ambassador expelled

“The Dutch ambassador should be immediately sent home,” demands TLP.

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Tough fight among MQM factions likely in Karachi’s NA-240

The MQM has always been a force to be reckoned with in Landhi and Korangi (NA-240) since Altaf Hussain first emerged on the political scene in 1984. MQM-Haqiqi has also kept up a presence here. Its chief, Afaq Ahmed, is in the running for the seat. So, the contest could be a tough one for…

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Rise of TLP: A threat to politico-religious parties?

Formed in 2016, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan has emerged as a major religious force in the country. The Khadim Hussain Rizvi-led group has fielded over 550 candidates on provincial and national assembly seats. The group is directly challenging the mainstream political parties in Karachi.

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The eerie new vote-eating faces in Pakistan’s politics

 The orthodox Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan knew it wouldn’t win in the Lahore by-election last year. It sent its man ahead nevertheless. Why? Because nothing feels as good as taking eight thousand votes away from the ruling party. This is the politics of the mandate spoiler. It is a genre populated with groups so fresh on the…

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From Avenfield to Adiala: Nawaz, Maryam begin their journey to jail

Nawaz Sharif, the three-time prime minister and leader of the PML-N, and his daughter Maryam are returning to Pakistan from London to surrender to the authorities on July 13. Mr Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison for owning assets beyond his income. Maryam was given a jail term of seven years after she…

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Captain Safdar’s dramatic surrender: Here’s what actually happened

Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain retired Safdar surrendered to National Accountability Bureau after a face-off with the anti-graft body in Rawalpindi. He created scene in the garrison city while attempting to show his political support. Safdar’s arrest warrants were issued by the Accountability Court in Avenfield case against him, his spouse Maryam Nawaz and former Prime…

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Hafiz Saeed’s MML to support unknown group in elections

Milli Muslim League, a politico-religious party linked with JuD leader Hafiz Saeed, has decided to support the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek in the elections. AAT, a little known political party led by Dr Ahsan Abdul Bari, was formed some 15 years ago and was registered in the Election Commission of Pakistan in 2013. Saifullah Khalid, the MML…

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NAB says it has ‘irrefutable’ evidence against Bahria Town

The National Accountability Bureau has claimed that it has collected ‘irrefutable’ evidence against Bahria Town, establishing that the property giant illegally acquired thousands of acres of land in Karachi. On May 4, the Supreme Court had barred Bahria Town from selling or allotting land in its Karachi housing scheme. “The government land would go back…

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Spy Chronicles: Army orders inquiry against former DG ISI

An inquiry will be held against former spymaster Lt. Gen. (r) Asad Durrani, according to DG ISPR.  According to a tweet by the DG ISPR, competent authorities have been approached to place Durrani’s name on the Exit-Control List. The former ISI chief was summoned to the GHQ where he was asked to give a clarification…

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Panic brings Bahria Town rates down—closer to pre-bubble prices

If there was a “plot”, it certainly worked. A day after the Supreme Court banned buying and selling in Bahria Town Karachi, the real estate bubble seems to have deflated. “The market rate of [the smallest]125-sq yard plot was around Rs2.5 million a week ago and has come down to its original rate of Rs1.7…

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LeJ disguised as ISIS targeting Christians in Quetta

KARACHI: At least 15 Christians have been killed in a fresh spate of violence in Quetta. No arrest has been announced. In the latest attack on the religious minority, unidentified men sprayed volley of bullets on worshipers who were walking out of a church after attending the Sunday service. Two people died and three others,…

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Teacher at Punjab University says he was fired for being ‘needlessly vocal’

Roohan Ahmed LAHORE: Ammar Ali Jan, an assistant professor at Punjab University, has said he was fired by the administration for being ‘needlessly vocal’ and wasn’t paid for his services. The university has denied this. In a Facebook post on Friday, the professor said he was told that he ‘pays too much attention to non-issues…

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Flour, sugar cheaper as Mohmand Agency does away with taxes

KARACHI: Diesel, vegetables, clothes and soap are on a list of 38 items that have become cheaper for people living in Mohmand Agency as the political agent has done away with the taxes. Traders had to pay the tax when they entered and exited the agency. This made basic necessities such as fodder, washing powder,…

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FIR lodged against newspaper editor, owner over MQM founder’s statement

KARACHI: Police have registered a case against editor and owner of an Urdu daily for publishing a statement and picture of MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain. The FIR was lodged against the editor and owner of Karachi-based ‘Amn’ newspaper on the complaint of a man, Nisar Ali Khan. The complainant said the newspaper had published a…

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ISIS claims killing of four Christians in Quetta

QUETTA: At least four people including a woman belonging to Christian community were killed in a gun attack on Quetta’s Arbab Karam Khan Road. The family was going to a nearby Bazaar in an auto rickshaw when unidentified assailants sprayed volley of bullets on the vehicle and fled from the scene, police said on Monday….

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PML-N dissidents, independents branch off into new Balochistan party

BY: Roohan Ahmed QUETTA: PML-N dissidents and independent lawmakers have formed the Balochistan Awami Party—in an apparent move to engineer the province’s political landscape. “The BAP will protect the constitutional rights of Balochistan and emerge as a strong partner of the federation,” said PML-Q’s Saeed Hashmi. “There will be no compromise on the economic and…

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Terrorists planning attacks from Afghan soil, Pakistan hands over dossier to Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has handed over a dossier to Afghan authorities containing evidence of the involvement of Afghanistan based terror groups in terrorist activities within Pakistan, Foreign Office said on Thursday. According to the Foreign Office, the dossier contains evidence of the involvement of Afghanistan based TTP in the suicide bombing at a Pakistan Army unit…

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Khadim Rizvi ‘reportedly corrupt’, capable of instigating youth: ISI report

  By Roohan Ahmed ISLAMABAD: Firebrand Tehreek-e-Labbaik leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi has the ability to instigate and mobilize the youth for any religious cause, said the country’s premier intelligence agency in its report. The report prepared by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was submitted in the Supreme Court on Faizabad sit-in. In November last year, Rizvi…

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FATF quandary: Failure to devise action plan on terror financing may land Pakistan in trouble

KARACHI: Many local and foreign media outlets have been reporting Pakistan’s placement on Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) global-terror financing watch-list for the past few days but the statement by the watchdog issued after the conclusion of the 23rd February meeting had no mention of Pakistan. Why is it so? Samaa.tv approached the FATF for a…

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Interior Ministry opposes MML’s registration as political party

By Roohan Ahmed ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has opposed the registration of Milli Muslim League (MML) as a political party. MML is a political face of Hafiz Saeed’s proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawah that supported an independent candidate in a recently held by-poll in Lahore’s NA-120 constituency. The independent candidate, Sheikh Yaqoob, supported by the group, secured over…

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