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Mohajir Qaumi Movement leaders sentenced to life.

Islamabad A court in Karachi yesterday sentenced the head of Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Afaq Ahmad and leader of Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-Haqiqi) Aamir Khan to life in jail.

They were awarded the sentence over the murder of former provincial legislator Farooq Seddiqi's brother in 1992.

Appeal

The trial of the accused was held in prison for security reasons. Ahmad has been in jail since 2004 while Khan has been behind the bars since 2003.

Ahmad's group said it would challenge the conviction at the Sindh High Court, as scores of party workers gathered outside the central jail in Karachi shouting slogans against the verdict, according to media reports.

The reports said that police and rangers had been deployed in certain areas of the city in view of a possible reaction by supporters of the convicted leaders.

Both were associated with the party now known as Muttahida Qaumi Movement before it changed its original nomenclature of Mohajir Qaumi Movement.

They later led MQM-Haqiqi with Ahmad as chairman and Khan as the secretary general.

Split up

In 2006, the party split into two factions, one under Afaq Ahmad was name Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Pakistan while the other under Aamir Khan was called Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi.

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Date:Apr 8, 2010
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