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Karachi Under Siege (Part 1): Two Dark Horses Neighing In ‘Open’ NA-247

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 15, 2018): One of the biggest constituencies of Karachi has become even larger now in form and shape of NA-247 — both quantitatively and qualitatively. Some 876,000 registered voters will exercise their right to vote here on July 25 with anticipated vote count forecasted to exceed the range of 56 to 67 percent. (See NA-247 map here) What makes the voters total number and the overall mind-set of the constituency’s voters a wild card now is the fact that it reflects a new matrix due to lastRead More


‘Kite’ Unites MQM Leaders, Farooq Sattar Threatens Polls Boycott

May 31, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief of Karachi’s largest and strongest political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement Dr. Farooq Sattar on Wednesday said the party will boycott upcoming polls if it is not allowed to do politics within the ambit of country’s constitution. “If MQM reservations were not resolved we will boycott upcoming elections,” — July 25th has been announced as countrywide polls day for the national assembly and all the provincial assemblies. He said the party’s offices that had been sealed must be reopened immediately. Otherwise, he said, the partyRead More


PPP Leader Bilawal Slams MQM, PTI in Karachi Rally

This will be the PPP’s second pre-election rally in the city and the PTI’s first. May 12, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is the new Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and people of Karachi won’t tolerate another Altaf Hussain in the form of Imran Khan. The 29-year-old PPP leader while addressing a rally near the Quaid’s Mausoleum in Karachi on Saturday heavily criticized rival MQM for what he termed their plans to bring back “politics of ethnicity” in the mega city. “PTI triedRead More