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Eggs thrown at stage during MQM’s Landhi rally

Party leader Amir Khan took the stage to address the rally. After his speech, eggs were hurled at the stage

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Eight things to take away from the MQM manifesto

The MQM presented its election manifesto during a press conference on Saturday. Here are the eight most interesting things in the manifesto. The establishment of 20 to 22 provinces in the country The manifesto began with a section on the creation of new provinces and how important it is to improving governance. It said there…

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‘Rickshaw Jutt’ reaches Karachi’s NA-247

SAMAA TV’s election programme ‘Rickshaw Jutt’ reached out to the voters in Karachi’s NA-247 to discover the area’s problems. NA-247 is one of the most hotly contested seats for the National Assembly in Karachi where strong candidates from city’s major political parties are in the fray. The election battle will be fought between PTI’s Arif…

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Party strongholds: will they hold?

A stronghold is a constituency whose voters have been loyal to one party for a long time. Take NA-256 (formerly NA-245) Paposh, Sakhi Hasan and Nazimabad in Karachi, for example. The MQM has won here for the past ten years.  A constituency is called a stronghold when a party has: Consistently won from it, year after year, after…

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Rickshaw Jutt takes a drive through Karachi’s NA-254

Rickshaw Jutt took a ride through the streets of Karachi’s NA-254 to find out what the area’s issues are. MQM convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui will be contesting elections from this constituency. Residents of the area feel that both the federal and provincial governments are not sincere with the people of Karachi.

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Rickshaw Jutt in NA-255: Will MQM be able to retain its stronghold?

Karachi’s Lalukhet locality has traditionally been a stronghold of the MQM. Poor municipal conditions, dilapidated roads, water shortage and the absence of other civic necessities are words that describe the NA-255 constituency. Rickshaw Jutt takes a ride with residents of the area to inquire about their problems.

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GDA in talks with MQM to form election alliance

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pak Sarzameen Party are also in talks with GDA to challenge PPP’s 10-year rule in the province.

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Water shortage has left Karachi’s NA-256 residents furious

Water shortage remains one of the most defining issues for this election

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MQM decries ban on banners in Karachi

He condemned the attack on PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto’s convoy in Lyari

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Politicians honour ECP campaign deadlines – but never on social media

All political parties must end their campaigns by July 23. If they don’t, they can be held liable – except for the campaigns that continue unhindered online.  Digital media experts and activists have been pushing the Election Commission of Pakistan to come up with measures to contain online campaigns. The election regulatory body’s code of…

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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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Iqra Uni student asks Mustafa Kamal the questions everyone had

This Iqra University student should be a talk show host because he grilled PSP party head Mustafa Kamal. In an election Big Debate programme with Awaz host Shahzad Iqbal, the student asked this question: “Before you (Mustafa Kamal) came [to this session], Fauzia Kasuri said that garbage has joined political parties. So has the PSP…

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Will bring Imran Farooq’s murderers to justice: Scotland Yard chief

The head of Scotland Yard has said that investigations into the Dr Imran Farooq murder case are still ongoing but issues with Pakistan must be resolved. Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick said that they are doing everything in their power to bring the murderers of the slain MQM leader to justice and have already expended…

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Sattar requests MQM to withdraw his candidature, allow him to run election campaign

MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar has requested his party leaders to withdraw his nomination papers and let him run the election campaign. Dr Sattar said he didn’t approach Bahadurabad office to seek party ticket but the MQM-P had issued him the ticket despite his refusal. MQM-P leaders Faisal Sabzwari and Aamir Khan visited the residence…

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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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Sattar faces angry voters in home constituency

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar found himself in hot water as he attempted to woo voters in his home constituency in Karachi, SAMAA TV reported Friday. Sattar faced the estranged voters when he mingled with the people after Jumma prayers in the famous Memon mosque at Bolton Market. “Go and seek Allah’s repentance,…

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Dr Farooq Sattar to contest elections from NA-245, NA-247

MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar will contest elections from two National Assembly constituencies NA-245 and NA-247. Dr Sattar has submitted his election tickets to the Returning Officer on Friday. The MQM leader has withdrawn his nomination papers from NA-241.

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Our competition in Karachi is with PPP alone, says Mustafa Kamal

Our competition in the election in Karachi is just with the PPP, said PSP chief Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday. “Even with the PPP, we are expecting a tough fight on barely two or three seats in the city,” Kamal told the media in Islamabad. According to the former Karachi mayor, coalition with any party is on…

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Did Mustafa Kamal not remember my face when he called me 2 months ago, asks Khawaja Izhar

Did PSP chief Mustafa Kamal not remember my face and attributes two months ago when he called me to sing my praises, asked MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan. “He called me two months ago from his personal number, sang my praises and offered me a high position in his party,” he told the media outside…

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Irum Azeem Farooque lashes out at MQM leaders’ favourtism in video

In a video message to workers of the MQM, former MPA Irum Azeem Farooque has leveled allegations of nepotism against leaders of the party. She said only ‘favoured’ female workers are given tickets by party leaders and those that raise their voices are kicked out of the party. She mentioned party leader Amir Khan and…

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