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Karachi water tanker rate hits Rs6,000 after Hub ban

KARACHI: A ban on filling tankers from Lasbela Canal has dried up supply to Karachi’s Mawach Goth, Baldia, Naval Colony, Ittehad Town, Orangi Town, Gadap. “A water tanker which normally costs Rs2000 wasn’t available even at a whopping price of Rs6000,” shouted PSP MPA Saifuddin Khalid in the Sindh Assembly. He decided to protest by…

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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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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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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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Another MQM leader joins PSP – this time from Bahadurabad

KARACHI: A Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan leader from Bahadurabad faction has joined Pak Sarzameen Party. Shabbir Ahmed Qaimkhani will officially join the party after a press conference on Saturday. He decided not to contest the Senate elections amid his group’s rift with PIB Colony faction. He is Sindh’s former excise and taxation minister and…

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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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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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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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Two MQM lawmakers jump ship to PSP

KARACHI: Two MQM lawmakers Naheed Begum and Naila Munir on Wednesday left MQM-P to join Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party. PSP chief Mustafa Kamal welcomed the two into the party during a press conference. “We don’t have any personal enmity with the MQM-P,” he said. “I’m just concerned for the youth of my nation.” “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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Sindh’s next CM will be from PSP: Mustafa Kamal

KARACHI: PSP chief Syed Mustafa Kamal said on Friday that the next chief minister of Sindh would be from his party.  Kamal claimed that his party would win 20 MNA and 42 MPA seats from Sindh in the next election. “PSP will clean sweep the next election,” he said. “The next chief minister of Sindh…

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Karachiites have no other option except PSP: Kamal

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that the issues of Karachi cannot be resolved unless Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is uprooted from the provincial capital. Addressing traders in Karachi, Kamal said that 70 percent of Pakistan’s revenue comes from Karachi. He said that Karachiites have no other option except to…

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Amir Khan calls Farooq Sattar a ‘cheat’ in Samaa program

KARACHI: Senior MQM leader Amir Khan on Thursday leveled serious allegations against MQM-P chief Dr Farooq Sattar, calling him a cheat.  Speaking to Samaa anchor Shehzad Iqbal, Dr Farooq Sattar admitted that he had made the biggest mistake of his life which was as a result of his foolishness. “I’m admitting that I made the…

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PTI, PSP form Coordination Committee

As the political temperature rises in Karachi ahead of Senate elections, two major political parties – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) – have decided to bridge the gulf and end their differences in the wake of current scenario.  

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Woman claims MQM’s Salman Mujahid sexually assaulted, blackmailed her

KARACHI: A woman has filed a complaint against MQM-Pakistan’s leader Salman Mujahid Baloch on Tuesday, claiming that he had sexually assaulted and then blackmailed her at the Parliament Lodges in Islamabad.  The woman filed a complaint against Salman Mujahid at the Gulshan police station in which she claimed that Salman Mujahid called her to Islamabad…

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