MQM to stage protests in Karachi over gag order on Altaf Hussain

Published: January 26, 2016
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Workers and supporters of MQM protest at MA Jinnah Road in Karachi on January 24, 2016. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS

Workers and supporters of MQM protest at MA Jinnah Road in Karachi on January 24, 2016. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will hold demonstrations in Karachi on Tuesday to protest against a media ban on party supremo Altaf Hussain’s speech and images in media, according to a party statement.

According to a Lahore High Court order released in September last year, there is a complete blackout on the coverage of Hussain’s in the media after his alleged statements against the state institutions.

The party appealed to its members and general public to participate fully from 3:00pm to 6:00pm to press for the removal of, what it termed, unconstitutional and non-democratic ban on their chief.

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The statement further said that protests will be staged at Babar Market Landhi, Chiniot Hospital Korangi, Star Gate Sharah-e-Faisal, Jauhar Morr Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Hasan Square Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Numaish Chowrangi MA Jinnah road, Do Talwar Clifton, Regal Chowk Saddar, Five Star Chowrangi North Nazimabad and near Liaquatabad bridge No. 10.

The protests are feared to greatly affect traffic on major roads of the metropolis.

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Earlier on Monday, MQM legislators reportedly walked out from Sindh Assembly as they were not allowed to put forth a resolution, demanding the government to remove the ban.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Jan 26, 2016 - 3:28PM

    The city and television both have become so peaceful ever since a gag was put on Mr. AH. Let it continue. No need to give in for entertainment of a few lakh people. Mafia should not be supported.Recommend

  • Jan 26, 2016 - 4:03PM

    We want our quaid back… :'( Recommend

  • Paa ji
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:10PM

    Please let us live in peace. No noise pollution. Recommend

  • MM123
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:12PM

    He should be allowed to speak like everyone else. Even those parties who openly oppose Pakistan and beat those who wave Pakistani flags on 14th Aug (example some nationalist parties) are allowed to speak. All most corrupt and supporters of dacoits are allowed to speak. However, when it comes to AH and MQM surprisingly the rules change!!!Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:16PM

    @Shahid: “For a few lakh people”. Anything demanded by such a large number of people (specially if it’s legitimate) must be allowed. Clearly shows you are not from Karachi.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:21PM

    The protests are perfectly justified as the LHC judgement is patently wrong and has been decried even by all the major independent editorials of the country. The SC was, furthermore wrong by returning the ball to LHC’s court rather than clearly determining the legality and validity of the LHC decision.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:06PM

    In a country where militants roam free and have open access to media, but revolutionary leaders and patriots, champions of democracy like AH are barred from media to raise there voice against terrorism & extremism. RIP Jinnah and his version of Freedom.Recommend

  • someone
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:36PM

    @Shahid:
    what happened to freedom of expression???? Recommend

  • salim habib
    Jan 28, 2016 - 12:59AM

    if you were a student of history particularly of Pakistan most of us would be in favor of the ban,havn’t we had enough of these kinds of bulling,eh.Recommend

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