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MQM-P denies reports of NA-242 seat adjustment deal with PML-N

MQM-P denies reports of NA-242 seat adjustment deal with PML-N

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MQM-P denies reports of NA-242 seat adjustment deal with PML-N

MQM-P Convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Wednesday rejected the reports about reaching a deal with the PML-N for seat adjustment on NA-242, saying Mustafa Kamal is their party candidate from the constituency.

It means NA-242, from where PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif is contesting the polls, remains a sticking point for the two parties as they decided to form a joint front along with other parties in Sindh for staging an upset in Sindh – the PPP stronghold.

They decided to join hands in the February 8 elections and for a long-term cooperation after that because of mutual political interests. So the PML-N wants a foothold in the province, especially Karachi, with an aim to expand its base while also projecting itself as a party enjoying support across the country, as three-time prime minister Nawaz is eyeing another term in office.

On the other hand, the MQM-P wants to revive its fortunes after the divisions it experienced in the post-2013 period, resulting in disgruntled voters, which paved the way for the PTI gaining a large number of seats in Karachi in 2018 elections.

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It was reported Tuesday that the MQM-P had decided to withdraw the candidature of Kamal from NA-242 and back the junior Sharif in the February 8 elections, as the two parties are fine-tuning the complex seat adjustment details.

Earlier, the two sides had developed a consensus on the sensitive issue of empowering local governments in Pakistan – the main demand pursued by the MQM-P which has remained the main representative of urban population in Sindh since late 1980s.

However, the PPP has been resisting the suggestion for the fear of losing political leverage in the politics of Sindh – a stance producing a complete split with the MQM-P after years of close liaison.

According to sources, the PML-N and the MQM-P will formally announce the joint candidates for four National Assembly seats of Karachi in next two days.

In this connection, the MQM-P agreed to back the PML-N nominees for NA-229 and NA-230 in Malir district as well as NA-239 in Karachi South, which covers the historic Lyari area – once a PPP stronghold that switched its loyalties to the PTI in 2018 while placing Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the party chairman, at third spot.

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On the other hand, the MQM will also back the PML-N in Mirpurkhas while also supporting the joint candidates for National Assembly in alliance with the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) – a grouping dominated by the PML-F led by Pir Pagara – and the JUI-F in Sukkur and Nawabshah.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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