Pakistan

MQM announces to observe hunger strike

KARACHI: The Mutahidda Qaumi Movement has announced to observe four-day token hunger strike against ban on coverage of party chief in the media, ARY News reported.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar announced the decision of the party at a press conference here today.

He said the strike would be observed from 11am to 11pm outside Karachi Press Club from tomorrow (Friday). Sattar said the country was currently encroached by looters and all the residents are at the mercy of militants.

He warned that if MQM decided to stage a sit-in, then president and the prime minister can’t travel out of the country.

He also demanded of the government to pass relief of declining oil prices in international market to the masses.

On Sep 7, the Lahore High Court had banned broadcast of the MQM chief’s speeches and images after he had used derogatory remarks against country’s armed forces.

In its verdict, the LHC had also directed Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure implementation of the ban in print and electronic media.

MQM later challenged the ban through its counsel Asma Jahangir, who is a renown lawyer of the country.

In a petition, MQM stated that imposing a ban on Altaf Hussain’s speeches was in contrast with basic human rights and the Constitution of Pakistan.

 

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