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Altaf tasks Nadeem Nusrat to make new MQM in Pakistan By Murtaza Ali Shah in The News, Sept 26, 2016

GENEVA/LONDON: Veteran Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Nadeem Nusrat has been tasked by Altaf Hussain to organise a new set-up of the MQM in Pakistan after the MQM split effectively into London and Pakistani chapters, with the Pakistan chapter openly defying the London set-up and refusing to listen to the demands of resignations and uprising made by the party leader Altaf Hussain.

The News has learnt from trusted sources that Altaf Hussain has made Nadeem Nusrat in-charge of every single affair of the party and tasked him to immediately begin work on setting up a pro-Altaf MQM in Karachi. Altaf Hussain is angry, sad and frustrated at the recent turn of events and he believes he has been humiliated by his own colleagues. He thinks he has been let down by the very people who had vowed to stand by him through thick and thin, a source in Mthe QM-London briefed this correspondent.

“Nadeem Nusrat Bhai is the new leader who has the full backing of Altaf Bhai. He has beco....... Read more

September 27, 2016   No Comments

Fears grow about intra-MQM violence : by Jawad R Awan in The Nation, Sept 26, 2016

LAHORE – Orders for assassinating those disobeying Altaf Hussain and making efforts to create a new MQM have been “sanctioned” by the London command, The Nation has learnt.

Some MQM-Pakistan leaders who are opposing Altaf disclosed yesterday that they and others like them were under serious threat from the death squads of London command, as orders have been sanctioned to eliminate them.

Calling themselves to be part of the ‘real group opposing Altaf’, they said that a number of party parliamentarians, coordination committee members and other party leaders are trying hard to create a new MQM totally independent of Altaf Hussain.

“Presently, we enjoy the support of more than nine parliamentarians who will be with us whenever we decide to go public,” they disclosed.

“Our own lives and that of our families are in danger but we will surface soon. Some of our colleagues are out of the country and waiting for the dust to settle in MQM ranks,” ....... Read more

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Anti-Terror Efforts: Bangladesh,US officials to meet on October 2 Report in The daily star, Sept 26, 2016

The US and Bangladesh officials are going to discuss enhancing collaboration in countering extremism and terrorism and cooperation in defence in Dhaka on October 2.

The government and military officials of both the countries are having the meeting following the July 1 terror attack that left 22 people, including 17 foreigners, killed in Gulshan.

This will be the fifth dialogue on security issues between Dhaka and Washington.

More than a dozen of US officials from the US Department of State, US Defence, Homeland Security, the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and other agencies are likely to attend the daylong dialogue.

They would expect updates on the US proposals on countering violent extremism placed after the killing of US embassy’s locally hired staff Xulhaz Mannan on April 25 and the July 1 killings at Holey Artisan Bakery.

Additional Foreign Secretary (Bilateral) Kamrul Ahsan would lead the Bangladesh delegation comprised of senior offi....... Read more

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China likely to pledge big, loans under 5-year cooperation plan involving billions of dollars By Rejaul Karim Byron in The daily star, Sept 26, 2016

China may commit to a five-year comprehensive cooperation plan, including assistance in several billion-dollar projects, during the Chinese president’s Bangladesh visit in the middle of next month.

Already, the Chinese government has expressed initial interest in giving around $23 billion in soft loan for 20 projects to be implemented between 2016 and 2020. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed in this regard when Xi Jinping comes to Dhaka on October 13 or 14, finance ministry officials said.

The comprehensive plan may also include a commitment for increasing Chinese grant and long-term cooperation in disaster management.

All the line ministries will hold a meeting at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) to discuss the latest about the 20 projects on October 2. The projects will later be finalised at an inter-ministry meeting, said one official.

Before that, on September 28 and 29, the ERD will sit with officials of the Chinese Ex....... Read more

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Ex-army man among 4 fake DB men held in Dhaka By Arifur Rahman Rabbi in Dhaka Tribune, Sept 25, 2016

Police have arrested four impostors, including a former army personnel, claiming to be members of Detective Branch (DB) of Police from Wireless Railgate area under Moghbazar in Dhaka.
DB police made arrests on Saturday night.
The four were identified as Shafikul Islam Rana, Apple, Ibrahim and Emran.
DB Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten disclosed it in a press briefing held in DMP media centre on Sunday, telling that Rana was a suspended corporal rank staff of Bangladesh Army and he is ringleader of the gang.
The commissioner also said the four used to hijack the persons who withdraw money from different banks and they impersonated DB personnel to shun any hassle in public place.
The gang commits the crime with a microbus and drop the victim in an isolated place following snatching the cash.
Its activities have stretched to Dinajpur, Bogra, Rajshahi districts as well as the capital and the DB police investigate the matter, the official continued.
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Latest Islamic State video part of conspiracy says Home minister: Report in Dhaka Tribune,Sept 25, 2016

The Islamic State group released a new video Friday night featuring the five terrorists who killed 23 people at a Gulshan restaurant on July 1.
Reiterating the government’s stance over the existence of Islamic State in Bangladesh, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said the release of video footage by the radical Salafist group on Bangladesh is part of a conspiracy against the country, reports UNB.
“I’ve said it before there’s no organisational existence and leader of IS in Bangladesh. The video footage has been released as part of a conspiracy against Bangladesh,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters after inaugurating the Regional Passport Office Building in the city’s Uttara area.
The Islamic State group Friday night released a new video featuring the five terrorists who killed 23 people including 17 foreigners at a Gulshan restaurant on July 1.
Also read: New Islamic State video features Gulshan attackers
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Altaf’s call: edit in Dawn September 25th, 2016

THE internal tumult that the MQM has been experiencing ever since its supremo, Altaf Hussain, made an incendiary speech last month has been manifesting itself publicly in strange ways. The latest episode involves an audio clip, attributed to the London-based leader, floating around cyberspace in which Mr Hussain has asked the MQM’s lawmakers sitting in the country’s legislatures to tender mass resignations and get a fresh mandate. While, once upon a time, one call from the ‘Quaid-i-Tehreek’ would have energised his zealous cadres and unleashed a wave of fear and uncertainty across Karachi, today things are a little more subdued. At most, the audio clip has sparked a war of words between the London- and Karachi-based factions, with Twitter being the primary battleground, while some of the party’s lawmakers have questioned the authenticity of the recording. Regardless of the logic behind the call for resignations, the clip has exposed apparently deep fissures within the Muttahi....... Read more

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MQM-London to have new set-up in Pakistan By Shamim Bano in The News, Sept 25, 2016

CHICAGO: Highly disappointed with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), the London based MQM has formally decided to form a new organisational setup of MQM Pakistan.

The announcement of the new setup is expected to be made in the next a few days, credible sources within the MQM told The News.

“There is no place for those who ditched the party and its founding chief Altaf Hussain,” the source said.

According to a key MQM-London leader, those who showed allegiance to the MQM chief, who believes in the party’s philosophy and ideologies of Altaf Hussain would be given important positions and portfolios in the revamped party.

The decision of revamping the party was taken following the resolution adopted in the Sindh Assembly against MQM supremo Altaft Hussain. The MQM-London has strongly taken notice of the MQM-Pakistan endorsing the resolution moved by the lawmakers of the provincial assembly and said that “enough is enough”....... Read more

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Education emergency in Sindh: By Asghar Soomro in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2016.

The writer, a freelance contributor on education, worked with national and international organisations
The writer is a freelance contributor on education and has worked with national and international organisations working on education in Pakistan
Instead of declaring an education emergency, the Government of Sindh has taken administrative initiatives to bifurcate the Education and Literacy Department into two, schools and colleges education, similar to the education administration in Punjab. Moreover, two monitoring committees, one comprises Mukhtiarkars, assistant commissioners, and deputy commissioners and the other one that includes MPAs, chairman, and deputy commissioner has been announced. They will check performance and progress of schools in their respective constituencies. And these steps are called education emergency. Given the track record of unfulfilled commitments and progress at a snail’s pace, the general public appears to be skeptical about these apparent....... Read more

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Police yet to find evidence of Akash’s link to Dhaka cafe attack Report in bdnews24.com, Sept 25, 2016

Police say that they are yet to find any evidence suggesting the Bangladeshi man deported from Malaysia was linked to July 1 Gulshan cafe attack.

“We will verify the reports published in international media. Malaysia is yet to inform anything officially about his terror link,” said Dhaka’s metropolitan police chief Asaduzzaman Mia on Saturday.

The DMP commissioner said they sought Interpol’s assistance to arrest Akash, who went to Malaysia four to five years ago.

Piyar Ahmed Akash was arrested by Malaysian police on Aug 19 and deported to Bangladesh on Sep 2, Malaysian media reported.

According to the Star Online, one of the well-read newspaper of Malaysia, the 39-year-old used to run a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.

He allegedly planned attacks in Bangladesh, and according to investigation, had met Dhaka’s Holey Artisan attack suspects in Malaysia, said the newspaper.

Malaysian police did not reveal the name, but said he had....... Read more

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