MQM founding member Saleem Shehzad passes away in London

Founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Saleem Shehzad breathed his last at a hospital in London on Sunday, Express News reported.

The former MQM leader was undergoing treatment for cancer in Britain’s capital – where he moved after the 1992 crackdown on the Altaf Hussain-led party.

Wanted in several cases, Shehzad returned to Pakistan in February 2017 after 22 years in self-imposed exile. He was arrested upon his arrival at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. After appearing before court, he was released in June.

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Shehzad then announced forming his party and showed intent to contest general elections from Karachi’s Orangi Town. Earlier this year, the veteran MQM leader met Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan at Bani Gala.

After acquiring bail from court, Shehzad left for London to resume his medical treatment.

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