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The Azad Kashmir chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is an emerging force challenging status quo parties in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) after PTI's Barrister Sultan Mehmood was declared winner in the Mirpur by-election.

After announcing to resign from leading the party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain withdrew his decision within hours on the insistence of party workers on Monday. The MQM chief tendered his resignation from party leadership to party office-bearers on Monday morning, saying he was not able to bear the burden of leading the party any longer.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has suspended party leader Faisal Sabzwari. According to sources, MQM chief Altaf Hussain not only suspended Faisal Sabzwari but also ordered him to tender his resignation from the Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) seat.
The formation of the proposed judicial commission to settle the lingering issue of poll rigging during 2013 elections may hit a snag once again as the federal government appears visibly hesitant over some clauses in the ordinance that it agreed to a week ago. Well-placed sources told Business Recorder that the government reportedly wants to remove the clause from the ordinance stating that 'the prime minister will dissolve the National Assembly if the rigging allegations are proved as a result of the judicial inquiry'.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is considering outsourcing printing of ballot papers for local government elections in Sindh and Punjab - a move that may generate another controversy. The commission is already dealing with criticism for the purported printing of ballots by private companies in the 2013 general elections, sources said.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Monday recorded his statement in an election tribunal in a case of alleged rigging in his elect constituency NA-125. The tribunal adjourned to April 3 the proceedings of a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek Insaf runner-up candidate Hamid Khan.
Punjab's former governor and senior member of PTI Mohammad Sarwar on Monday congratulated Barrister Sultan, the first party member of the Legislative Assembly, for his victory in the Kashmir by-elections.


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