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Farooq Sattar challenges Amir Liaquat’s win from NA-245

He claims that 22,000 ballot papers are missing

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MQM-P threatens protests over rejection of vote recount request

The MQM-P has threatened to launch a protest drive after their requests for vote recount were rejected in Karachi. MQM-P leader Faisal Sabzwari said that the party’s requests for a recount in NA-239 and other constituencies were rejected by the authorities. “We will call the workers and give a call for protests if our demands…

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Accountability court sends MQM candidate on 14-day judicial remand

An accountability court in Karachi sent MQM leader and former KPT chairperson Javed Hanif to jail on 14 days judicial remand on Tuesday, SAMAA TV reported. He was earlier in the day arrested by NAB authorities. The MQM leader, who is contesting elections from PS-95, has been accused of hiring over 900 people illegally in…

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I have no role in awarding party tickets, says Farooq Sattar

MQM-Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar said he has no role is giving out election tickets, SAMAA TV reported on Saturday. Sattar, who was talking to the media after appearing before the Returning Officer of NA-245, said the MQM Rabita Committee and convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui selected the candidates and issued election tickets. “I’m just…

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MQM-P signals boycott of election

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar has said that his party may boycott upcoming general elections over reservations about delimitations. Addressing a press conference in Karachi, he said MQM’s reservations on fresh delimitation were not addressed. “Injustice meted out to us in the matter of delimitation. This situation is compelling us to think whether…

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Won’t sit in Sindh Assembly if I’m elected and not given powers, says Kamal

PSP chief Mustafa Kamal said in an episode Khara Sach with Mubashir Lucman that his party were to get 51 seats in the Sindh Assembly like the MQM but if the Sindh government did not grant it powers, then he would peacefully protest with his MPAs and then resign. “I will not sit in the…

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What life is like in Liaquatabad

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan is eyeing to get back its glory after its factions united a couple of days ago.  The MQM-P is going to hold the first show of power at Tanki Ground, FC Area, where the PPP held its rally last Sunday (April 29). The estranged leaders from the Bahadurabad and PIB Colony factions…

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MQM can hold as many rallies as it wants, Karachi will vote for PPP: Murad

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah is not the least bit concerned about MQM’s show of strength today (Saturday) at Tanki Ground, claiming that Karachi has decided it would vote for the PPP in the upcoming elections.  “MQM can hold all the rallies it wants,” he said. “The situation in Karachi will not be like…

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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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