MQM triumphs in Karachi by-poll

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Islamabad: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has won the by-election in Paki-stan’s financial hub Karachi that saw 27 people being killed and over 60 injured in poll violence, a media report said on October 18.

MQM’s Saifuddin Khalid  has won the seat and become a member of provincial assembly (MPA) in the by-election held at PS-94 constituency, the Daily Times reported, adding that the results were yet to be officially announced.

The unofficial results showed that 92,125 votes had been cast in the constituency, of which 189 votes had been rejected.

Khalid secured 91,397 votes while ANP candidate Pir Riaz Gul got just 292 votes, the media report said.

Independent candidates fared even worse. Zeenat Yasmin received 100 votes, Abdul Haq got 90 and Maqsood Alam received 57 votes.

The Urdu-speaking MQM and the Pashto-speaking ANP have been constantly at loggerheads for the past several years to take political control of Karachi.

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