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MQM, PTI brace for court battle

Published Jul 24, 2013 06:55am


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Dr Farooq Sattar.—File Photo
Dr Farooq Sattar.—File Photo

KARACHI / ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, claiming damages of Rs5 billion for allegedly defaming and maligning MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

The PTI announced that it also would file a defamation suit against the MQM and its leaders.

MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar filed the suit in the Sindh High Court, submitting that Mr Khan had accused Mr Hussain of being involved in the murder of PTI leader Zehra Shahid and of inciting violence.


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sfomann Jul 24, 2013 10:15am

This would be a new low for Pakistan. Commit murder and then make money off of it

Saqib Jul 24, 2013 11:10am

Excellent move. Now its time for IK to come forward and bring all documentary proofs to court of Justice and this will be first time in histroy since MQM has been invented. All nation is waiting for Ik to put last nail in the coffin.

Naeem Syed Jul 24, 2013 01:24pm

MQM has been dealt a mortal blow by PTI in the recent elections, from which MQM still reeling from being toppled as an absolute Power to a position of insignificance in Karachi. This ploy to file suits is only to divert the attention of the people. This is an old tactic of MQM to blame everything on everybody to mask its own mischief. The recent reports of investigations coming out of London are not being addressed as to the Large caches of Cash and properties in excess of 30 Million Dollars in Bhai's name, without a visible income are being covered up by these smoke screen creating lawsuits.Where is Mustafa Kamal ? Out of favor and banished by Bhai for not doing enough to protect Bhai's flagging reputation.

One day someone will pay for the Murder of Zehra Shahid and countless others, but today Imran Khan should file for murder Charges on MQM, with each and every member of the Raibta Committee as well as its leadership.

Mazhar Hasan Jul 24, 2013 02:29pm

So Mr. Farooq Sattar: Did he not?

Ali Jul 24, 2013 04:08pm

I'm not a jurist but what sort of filing is this? Even if found guilty by the court. shouldn't it be the court's remit to define the level of damages/compensations to Altaf Bhai? In any case, looks like a sad attempt from MQM to deflect away from the MET investigations in the UK (

Tariq Jul 24, 2013 04:17pm

We are so blessed with such narrow minded, egotistic leaders' who would much rather prefer to squabble amongst themselves than solving the dire problems, that our nation confronts.

Kashifchaudhry Jul 24, 2013 05:53pm

MQM is under pressure , they have been left alone ,PPP, ANP and all others see this as an ideal position to finally eradicate this menace.

MQM will plough different tactics and affidavits to save its King in UK. The murder of Imran Farooq will be acknowledged by their own party worker to save the King. Fake receipts , documents are being prepare to hide the trail of money laundering, assets in UK. It's too late for AH now ! He is going to the gallows

realtalk Jul 24, 2013 07:09pm

@Naeem Syed: "position of insignificance in Karachi..." I think you better revisit that my friend. MQM was able to win 18 out of 20 NA seats in Karachi. I would argue that is pretty significant.

Khalid Jul 24, 2013 07:47pm

If AH has done anything wrong, he will be found guilty and the UK system will take care of him. Now the question is if he has any succession plans in place?. Who will be the commander-in-chief when Altaf bhai is gone?. Zahra Shahid Hussain has been murdered and no one knows who did it. If it can be proven as to who murdered her, then this person or persons MUST be made an example of and of course and if AH has no involvement in her murder, then Imran Khan should apologise not only to AH but the whole nation.