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MQM rejects Karachi by-election results, calls party meeting today

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has rejected the by-election results in two Karachi constituencies and summoned a meeting of the party's Rabita Committee on Monday (today), ARY News reported. MQM-P Deputy Convener Kanwar Naveed Jameel and other party leaders in a press conference on Sunday alleged that the results were changed in the end time claiming that the MQM candidates were leading the contest with hundreds of votes earlier. The PTI candidates Aftab Siddiqui and Shahzad Qureshi were returned elected…

CJP Nisar Warns loan defaulters against illegal waivers

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court advised option to 222 loan defaulters to either pay 75% of the principal amount they had borrowed from the national bank or face banking court trials. At the hearing of a suo motu case related to illegal waivers of loans amounting to Rs54 billion a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, suggested two options to defaulters — either pay 75% of the principal amount or face investigation by the banking courts. Justice Nisar said, "Every penny will be…

MQM-P leader Ali Raza Abidi resigns from NA seat

KARACHI: Syed Ali Raza Abidi, who parted ways with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) in the wake of its alliance with the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), resigned from his National Assembly seat on Monday. The former MQM-P leader posted his resignation on his Twitter account on Monday morning, in which he said he was resigning due to political and personal reasons. For the attention of Honourable Speaker National Assembly Janab [email protected] Sb. pic.twitter.com/euCXQlWPbB — Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor)…

Nawaz Sharif holding his peace for country’s safety, integrity, says Maryam

LAHORE: Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of the former prime minister, has tweeted that not everyone is like her father who keeps from laying bare institutions. Though she did not name anyone, but his tweet is being seen as an apparent reference to Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal's press conference in which he spilled the beans on alleged role of security establishment in bringing his party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) close to each other. In a series of tweets, she said that not everyone was…

PTI, MQM challenge election bill paving way for Sharif to head PML-N

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) have gone to the Sindh High Court challenging the new Election Bill 2017 which allows an ineligible person to be head of a political party, ARY News reported. Both the political parties filed on Monday a petition in the high court, requesting it to declare the bill as illegal and unconstitutional. They submitted in the petition that the Election Bill 2017 was in violation of the constitutional provisions and aimed to elect ousted…

MQM-P lawmaker joins PSP

KARACHI: Member provincial assembly (MPA) Nadeem Razi bid farewell to the Pakistan-based faction of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and joined Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) here on Monday, ARY News reported. Razi announced his joining the PSP during a press conference alongside PSP head and former city mayor Mustafa Kamal. Speaking on the occasion, Kamal welcomed the lawmaker. He said his party outright rejected the provisional results of the sixth population census. He wondered how Karachi’s population stood at 14.9…

LEAs arrest two teachers outside KPC over alleged MQM-London links

KARACHI: Moments before a press conference for release of Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif by Teachers’ Society, two of its members arrested by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) on Saturday outside Karachi Press Club (KPC) allegedly for being in contact with the leadership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement London (MQM-L), ARY News reported. Dr. Riaz, head of teachers’ society, and another member Mehr Afroz Murad were detained by LEAs allegedly for being in contact with MQM-London leadership. Both were taken to an undisclosed location…

SHC grants bail to three MQM-London activists

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday here granted bail to three activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-London) booked under terrorism and sedition charges, ARY News reported. A SHC bench in a hearing granted bail to Hassan Aalim, Javed Shaukat, and Faisal.  The court ordered each accused to deposit two lacs' surety bond and to submit their passports in the trial court. While granting bail to the suspects, the bench remarked that evidence against the accused has been insufficient. Previously, an…

Sindh cabinet renames university named after MQM founder

KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet on Monday decided to rename a university in Hyderabad which was earlier named after the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), ARY News reported. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah University, a new name to the university has been suggested. Previously, a bill stipulating formation of two universities, one in Karachi and another in Hyderabad, each bearing the name of the founder MQM was passed in Sindh Assembly in December 2014. The bill was followed by another one relating formation of Shaheed…