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K-Electric responsible for load shedding crisis in Karachi: Shehbaz

KARACHI: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif did not mince his words when he blamed K-Electric for the electricity crisis in the city.  “K-Electric is responsible for the load shedding crisis in Karachi,” he said during his speech in Bahadurabad where he was joined by MQM-P leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Khawaja Izhar. Shehbaz Sharif said…

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Govt post-mortem: MPAs claim BISP not providing relief to masses

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly MPAs said that the Benazir Income Support Programme was being used to provide relief to only favourites but not masses in general.  “This is a political gimmick by Asif Ali Zardari to secure votes,” said PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman. “I don’t think it is providing relief to masses.” “The hand that gives…

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Would rather die than join PSP or any other party, says Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: Dr Farooq Sattar said that he would rather die than join the PSP or any other party, claiming that MQM-P lawmakers were being forced to switch loyalties.  “I would rather die than join PSP or any other political party,” he said during an emergency presser held at his house early morning on Sunday. Dr Farooq…

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Valima of Rauf Siddiqui held in Karachi

Rauf Siddiqui, an MQM-Pakistan leader with the Bahadurabad faction, celebrated his Valima which was attended by leaders of the PPP and PSP. Agha Siraj Durrani, Nisar Khuhro and Sharmila Faruqui from the PPP and Anis Qaimkhani, Anees Ahmed Advocate and Waseem Aftab from the PSP were among those who attended. No leaders from the rival…

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MQM-P warns of conspiracy to replace Izhar as opposition leader

KARACHI: Khawaja Izhar, MQM-P’s representative, warned of a conspiracy in the works to replace him as leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly.  “We are hearing rumours that I will be replaced as the opposition leader,” he said. “Even if that were to happen, it will prove to be beneficial for us,” he added. Izhar…

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Three more MQM-P lawmakers join PSP

KARACHI: Three more MQM-P lawmakers jumped ship to join PSP. In the past 10 days, four MPAs and an equal number of MNAs have left MQM-P to join the PSP as general elections draw nearer.  MNA Mehboob Alam, MPAs Kamran Farooq and Saifuddin Khaliq announced their decision to join PSP in a press conference with Mustafa…

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Farooq Sattar presents formula to unite all MQM splinter groups

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Dr. Farooq Sattar presented a new formula in a bid to unite all the splinter groups of the party ahead of general elections scheduled after four months this year. He invited leaders of MQM’s splinter groups – Afaq Ahmad of MQM-Haqiqi, Mustafa Kamal of Pak Sarzameen Party, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of…

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MQM-P MNA Muzammil Qureshi jumps ship to join PSP

  MQM-P was dealt a major blow when its MNA Muzammil Qureshi jumped ship to join PSP–making him the fifth member of the party who has left it in eight days to enter PSP’s fold.  Naila Munir and Naheed Begum left MQM-P on March 28 to join PSP. Just one day later, MQM-P received another…

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MQM-P’s deputy conveners wanted to remove Izhar as opposition leader: Tessori

KARACHI: MQM-P’s Kamran Tessori has said that a decision had been taken to replace opposition leader in Sindh assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan with Syed Sardar Ahmed in a meeting of deputy conveners on February 5. Speaking in SAMAA’s talk show ‘Agenda 360’, Kamran Tessori claimed that coordination committee members Kanwar Naveed Jamil, Nasreen Jalil, Waseem…

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Opposition protests against Karachi mayor in city council meeting

KARACHI: Members of the City Council boycotted a meeting on Thursday after protesting against Waseem Akhtar. Before the meeting of the city council started, opposition members chanted slogans against Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar. “I will not tolerate opposition’s hooliganism,” said Waseem Akhtar. Opposition members boycotted the meeting of the city council in protest. Members of…

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ECP’s decision was a ‘managed’ one: Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: Dr Farooq Sattar said on Tuesday that the decision given by the ECP pertaining to intra-party elections was a ‘managed’ one.  Sattar describes ECP’s decision as a ‘managed one’ Speaking to Shahzad Iqbal during SAMAA TV’s show Awaz, Dr Farooq Sattar said that he would tell his supporters who was behind the ECP’s decision when the…

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Will take back kite along with its string: Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: MQM-P’s former convener Dr Farooq Sattar said on Tuesday that rival political parties PPP, PSP and PTI were being ‘given a chance’ in Karachi.  Speaking at the general workers meeting at PIB Colony, Dr Farooq Sattar said that workers of the party had rejected the ‘black decision’ of the ECP. “We protest against this…

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MQM’s PIB faction advises Farooq Sattar to form new party

KARACHI: Supporters of Dr Farooq Sattar have advised him to form a new party if he does not contest the ECP’s decision on intra-party elections.  An advisory meeting chaired by Dr Farooq Sattar was held in PIB Colony in which two suggestions were put forward. Sattar was advised to appeal against the ruling of the…

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#SpeakUp: MQM-P forms anti-harassment committee

KARACHI: As a result of the #SpeakUp campaign, the MQM-P has formed an Anti-Harassment Committee and appreciated SAMAA TV’s coverage.  According to details, MQM-P’s Mrs. Rana Ansar will head the anti-harassment committee. Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, the parliamentarian said that she would visit Karachi University personally to investigate the allegations and meet with university…

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MQM-P to protest ‘controversial’ delimitation: Sattar

KARACHI: MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Saturday said that his party was being deprived of its right to represent the people. Talking to newsmen, the veteran politician said recently conducted delimitation was not acceptable to MQM-P, announcing that the party will stage a demonstration outside CM office and Governor House. “We will approach the…

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Let’s celebrate foundation day together, Sattar offers Bahadurabad

KARACHI: MQM-Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Friday made an open offer to his party’s Bahadurabad group to jointly celebrate party’s second ‘Foundation Day’ at the same venue. Talking to newsmen after a meeting with Khawaja Izhar, Dr Farooq Sattar said he and the convener of Bahadurabad group Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui can both address…

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ECP reserves verdict in MQM-P convenership case

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday reserved its verdict in Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan convenership case. During the hearing, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui’s lawyer Barrister Farogh Nasim told the ECP that MQM-P had sidelined its founder. He said the party wants to resolve every issue in the light of party’s constitution. Dr Farooq Sattar’s counsel…

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MQM’s Khalid Maqbool backs Sadiq Sanjrani

ISLAMABAD: MQM-P representative Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui claimed on Monday that the party’s senators would vote for Sadiq Sanjrani in the election for Senate chairmanship. The announcement comes as a surprise considering Dr Farooq Sattar had stated a couple of days ago that MQM-P senators would vote for the PML-N candidate. “We will vote for Sadiq…

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Senator Tahir Mashhadi quits MQM-P

ISLAMABAD: MQM parliamentary leader in the Senate Col (retd.) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi announced Friday he was parting ways with his party. In a press statement, Mashhadi said that he had the honour and privilege of representing the most patriotic, educated, intelligent, patient and wonderful electorate in Pakistan as town nazim, Jamshed Town, Karachi and two…

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MQM-P reiterates horse trading charge in Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Wednesday reiterated the claim that Senate election was marred with what he termed as ‘grave’ horse trading. Talking to media outside Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), MQM-P leader Ali Raza Abidi said his party had submitted an application to the election-holding body soon after the March 3 election to probe…

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Furious elderly woman slams Waseem Akhtar

KARACHI: An elderly woman slammed Waseem Akhtar on Monday, referring to the mayor as an incompetent person.  “They will not be able to do anything,” she said angrily, talking to reporters. “What leadership skills will these aloo, cholay walas demonstrate?” The woman said that nationalist politics did not exist at the time of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto….

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