MQM-P opposes demolition of Khursheed Begum Hall



Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Sunday opposed demolition of Khursheed Begum Hall and instead suggested that it could be used for academic or welfare activities.

Speaking to media, party’s deputy convener Khawaja Izharul Hassan said that the Khursheed Begum Hall was previously used for MQM-P’s political and welfare activities.

“We could allow its use for academic and welfare activities. The concerned authorities should speak to use as we are ready to extend our cooperation.”

Khawaja Izhar said that there are multiple offices of political parties built illegally but no action was taken against them. “We are ready to pay the price of the land to secure possession if administration would approach us,” he added.

The district administration on Saturday declared Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall, former MQM secretariat, illegal and directed the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) to restore the building to its original status.

According to details, the KDA has decided to construct a hospital on the land of Khursheed Memorial Hall in light of Supreme Court (SC) orders.3

Plot No ST-3/B located in Federal B Area was earmarked for medical center as per the KDA layout plan.

The Khursheed Begum Hall was named after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder’s mother. She died in 1985 in Karachi.

The building was once considered as MQM secretariat before August 22, 2016. The building is located adjacent to the residence of MQM founder – Nine Zero.

Banned outfit commander arrested after shootout

The city police have arrested a banned outfit commander following a shootout in Karachi’s Ittehad Town.

According to details, the arrest was made after an exchange of fire between police and the banned outfit commander during a raid at a hideout at Ittehad Town locality of Baldia Town.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kemari, Fida Hussain, said that the terrorist commander was wounded during the exchange of fire. Meanwhile, the raiding team also recovered weapons and hand grenades from the suspect’s possession.

The local commander was associated with banned outfit of Swat chapter. “The arrested suspect was leading a ten-member gang and he was involved in street crimes and robberies in different areas of Karachi including district west, district central and district east,” said Fida Hussain.

Earlier this month, the city police arrested as many as 26 illegal Afghans immigrants in Karachi’s Al-Asif Square for illegally crossing the border.

According to details, the Sohrab Goth Police Station carried out an operation near the service road at Al-Asif Square and arrested 26 illegal immigrants.

A police spokesperson said that the raid was conducted was by a patrolling officer. The Afghan nationals failed to show their Pakistani citizenship and relevant travel documents, they added.


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