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MQM Bahadurabad chooses Amir Khan over Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: The Bahadurabad faction of MQM-P has chosen Aamir Khan over veteran leader Dr. Farooq Sattar. In a late night press conference on April 22, the leader of his own group of MQM-P Dr Farooq Sattar had offered to restore and accept the coordination committee If Bahadurabad group disowns Amir Khan. “Now, either I will…

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Shehbaz gears up efforts for anti-PPP alliance in Sindh

LAHORE: PML-N has geared up efforts to form an alliance with political parties in Sindh to challenge the PPP in forthcoming general elections. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is coming to Karachi again on April 22 to hold important meetings with his possible allies. Shehbaz Sharif had visited Karachi on April 14 and met key political…

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Water protest: Sindh assembly witnesses chaos

KARACHI: The Sindh assembly witnessed chaos on Friday when opposition members mounted protest against acute water shortage in Karachi. Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani continued presiding over the session despite outcries from the opposition benches. The MPAs raised slogans of ‘Pani Do Pani Do’ (Give water) from opposition benches, and tore up the copies of agenda;…

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Protest: MPA to stay and sleep at Sindh Assembly

An MPA announced Friday that he will not leave the premises of the Sindh Assembly until Orangi Town gets water. MPA Saifuddin Khalid said he had brought along clothes and chanay [chickpeas] to keep going. “The people in Orangi Town are deprived of potable water and the Sindh government is so poor that it cannot…

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Kamal says replacing Urdu from signboards is conspiracy against Sindhis

KARACHI: Removing Urdu from signboards at University of Sindh is a conspiracy against Sindhis, says PSP chief Syed Mustafa Kamal. “PPP is instigating Sindhis while MQM-P is doing the same with Urdu speaking people,” said Mustafa Kamal, reacting to a notification from University of Sindh’s administration in which it was decided to write all building…

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IHC reserves judgement on Farooq Sattar’s plea

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday reserved its judgement in a case pertaining to Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan’s convenorship. The court has directed Dr Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Saddiqui to submit written arguments within two days. Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC heard the case filed by Dr Farooq Sattar challenging the decision…

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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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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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Party leaders ordered me to kill rival activists, law enforcers: Raees Mama

I killed rival activists and law enforcement officials on the orders of party leaders, Raees Mama told a judicial magistrate on Monday. Raees held the charge of MQM’s Korangi sector in 2011 when policemen were killed in the Chakra Goth ambush. He said he also carried out extortion and ‘China cutting’ in the city’s Korangi…

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Doors of PSP closed for Farooq Sattar: Mustafa Kamal

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal has finally announced to close his party’s doors to Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar, Samaa reported Sunday. Mustafa Kamal, in a press conference, claimed that Sattar had bargained with him for joining PSP. “He is telling lies, only a few days back he was asking from…

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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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MQM MPA from Bahadurabad group joins PSP

Another MQM MPA joined Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party Wednesday. Sindh Assembly lawmaker Haji Anwar Raza decided to quit the MQM. “It’s the party of opportunists now,” said Raza. Raza belonged to the Bahadurabad group of the MQM. After the two female MPAs who joined PSP recently, he is the third MQM lawmaker from the…

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Farooq Sattar welcomes Khalid Maqbool’s offer

KARACHI: Dr Farooq Sattar, the head of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s PIB Group on Tuesday welcomed an offer made by convener of the party’s rival faction, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. Offering an olive branch, Siddiqui had offered Sattar to revert back to MQM’s convenership by April 17 ‘with honour and dignity’. “It shouldn’t be a time-bound offer,”…

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‘Come back as MQM chief’ : Siddiqui offers olive branch to Sattar

KARACHI: The Bahadurabad faction of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan has offered PIB Group leader Farooq Sattar to revert back and resume his convenership. “Our doors are open to Farooq Sattar despite differences. He can come back and resume his office as convener by April 17th with honour and dignity,” said Convener of the Bahadurabad group…

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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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MQM’s Sukkur MPA jumps ship to PSP

An MQM MPA from Sukkur, Saleem Bandhani, defected to Mustafa Kamal’s PSP Monday. Bandhani was elected as a member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) when the Farooq Sattar-led group held its intra-party elections in February. “Five MPAs and four MNAs joined our party in 11 days,” said the PSP chief at a press conference…

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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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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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Rauf Siddiqui gets married

MECCA: The leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan Abdur Rauf Siddiqui got married with a woman named Sofia here at Mecca. Samaa learnt that the rituals were said by Sheikh Saleh Zain ul Abidin during a simple gathering in Mecca city. Rauf Siddiqui, who would turn 57 on 15th April wedded first time, while the…

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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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