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An ATC has issued arrest warrants for Altaf Hussain and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui

An anti-terrorism court in Karachi issued on Saturday arrests warrants for MQM founder Altaf Hussain, MQM Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and other leaders of the party. The court was hearing 27 cases regarding inflammatory speeches made by the MQM founder. The other party leaders are accused of facilitating the speeches. During the hearing, MQM leaders…

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MQM loses home turf Azizabad to PTI

Muttahida Qaumi Movement has lost the provincial assembly seat PS-126 and PS-125 from its home turf Azizabad in Karachi. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, which has emerged as a major political force has won from both these constituency. In PS-125, the PTI’s Abbas Jafri won with 30,687 votes, while the MQM’s Abdul Haseeb got 26,818 votes. In PS-126,…

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MQM-P will win its traditional seats, claims Dr Farooq Sattar

MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar claimed that his party would win its traditional seats in the urban areas of Sindh. “MQM’s vote is the 8th wonder of the world,” Dr. Sattar said, adding that he would win NA-247 election by beating PTI’s Arif Alvi and other candidates. The MQM-P leader complained that the party was…

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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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Who is going to win Karachi’s NA-243?

MQM-P’s Ali Raza Abidi, PPP’s Shehla Raza, PTI chairman Imran Khan, PSP’s Muzammil Qureshi and MMA’s Osama Razi are some of the prominent candidates contesting the election from Karachi’s NA-243 seat. SAMAA takes you to the constituency where all major contestants are joining a debate on why they should be voted to power.

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Fearful for decades, major parties now openly campaign in Karachi

For over 25 years, maverick political leader Altaf Hussain had an iron grip on Karachi, able to bring Pakistan’s largest city to a standstill with a single phone call. But much has changed in the last five years, and the transformation is playing out in the run-up to general election next week. The country’s three…

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Pakistani politicians who have gone to jail

On arrival in Pakistan, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are facing arrest in a case relating to the purchase of high-end properties in London. We thought it would be interesting to look back at all the major political figures in Pakistan who have spent time behind bars. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan…

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Two killed as MQM-Lyari gang rivalry reaches South Africa

The rivalry between the MQM London and Lyari gangs has reached South Africa as the two members of pro-Altaf group have been killed in Johannesburg, sources told SAMAA. MQM-L workers, identified as Irfan and Majeed Manjila, were killed by Ustad Taju gang of Lyari in South Africa. Sources said Majeed was wanted in murder cases…

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Seize properties of MQM founder, court orders

Seize all properties of MQM founder Altaf Hussain in Pakistan, an anti-terrorism court ordered Wednesday . The court was hearing the Imran Farooq murder case. Unidentified men killed the 50-year-old MQM leader outside his house in London on September 16, 2010. On Wednesday, the court issued perpetual warrants of arrest for the MQM founder and…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik opposes censoring Nawaz speeches

SAMAA’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik has spoken out against censoring speeches of former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Malik remarks came after TV channels, including state-run Pakistan Television, censored a part of Nawaz Sharif’s speech during a seminar in Islamabad. “Nawaz Sharif shouldn’t be treated the way MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain was. A leader…

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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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IHC to hear petition seeking ban on airing Nawaz Sharif’s speeches today

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court will conduct the hearing of a petition on Tuesday that seeks to have a ban placed on the airing of speeches by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.  After being disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the former prime minister has been making incendiary speeches in which he has targeted…

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Baldia factory fire case: ATC indicts Rauf Siddiqui, other suspects

KARACHI: In an important development pertaining to the Baldia factory fire case, an Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday indicted MQM-Pakistan’s Rauf Siddiqui and other suspects.  According to details, the Anti-Terrorism Court indicted Rauf Siddiqui, Rehman Bhola, Zubair Chariya and other suspects on charges of setting fire to the factory with chemicals. All suspects in the case…

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PSP leader Raza Haroon loses his cool over question regarding resignation

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Raza Haroon lost his cool as SAMAA anchor Shahzad Iqbal asked him a question pertaining to MQM founder Altaf Hussain, on Monday.  SAMAA anchor Shahzad Iqbal asked Raza Haroon during his show Awaz as to why the PSP leader did not resign from the parliament when the mandate given…

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Local Pakistani court publishes ad in UK paper as summon for MQM founder

LONDON: London-based founder of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has been asked to appear before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Islamabad hearing a terrorism case against him, according to an advertisement published in newspapers of the United Kingdom on February 8. The ad published on behalf of Shahrukh Arjumand, judge of Special Anti-Terrorism Court No-1, Islamabad…

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Police baton charge MQM-London workers at Muqqa Chowk

KARACHI: Police on Saturday baton charged MQM-London workers near Muqqa Chowk in an attempt to disperse them from Yadgar-e-Shuhuda monument. Watch as police baton charge protestors who try to go to Yadgar-e-Shuhuda monument, chanting ‘Jiye Altaf’ slogans.

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Police seal Azizabad as tensions mount on ‘Youm-e-Shuhuda’

KARACHI: Police sealed Azizabad area on Saturday after MQM-London’s decision to visit ‘Yadgar-e-Shuhuda’ monument to pay respects to the departed. The situation in Azizabad was tense as police sealed all routes leading to Azizabad. Buses and vehicles were used to block the routes leading to Azizabad. A heavy contingent of police officers was deployed to…

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Estranged MQM-P MNA Salman Mujahid jumps ship to join PSP

KARACHI: MQM-Pakistan lost yet another MNA as the party’s estranged parliamentarian Salman Mujahid jumped ship to join Pak Sarzameen Party, on Friday. In a joint press conference with PSP chief Syed Mustafa Kamal, Salman Mujahid Baloch announced his decision to join Pak Sarzameen Party. “I was expelled from the party and was never given a…

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Amir Khan revolts against MQM-PSP alliance

KARACHI: Senior MQM-Pakistan leader Amir Khan said on Thursday that he categorically rejected the demand to dissolve MQM and contest elections under a new symbol or party. “I am standing by the name of MQM and its election symbol,” he said. “Will disclose my next plan of action after meeting with the Rabita Committee.” Read:…

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“I have decided to bury MQM”, says Kamal

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal said in “Khara Sach” program that I had decided to bury Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Watch what he said.

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MQM, PSP to contest election as one party

KARACHI: MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen party leaders will address a joint press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday. 08:58 pm–Press conference concludes with Farooq Sattar stating, “MQM is not finished and neither is PSP.” 08:57 pm–APML workers arrive at Karachi Press Club with sweets to celebrate the occasion 08:56 pm–We reject this census…

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