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MQM-P’s Shazia Farooq admitted to hospital after ‘suicide attempt’ – Pakistan

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) MPA Shazia Farooq was admitted to the hospital on Monday night after allegedly swallowing a large quantity of sedative pills.

A section of the media reported the incident as an “attempted suicide”, however, Baldia station house officer (SHO) Chaudhry Mohammed Aslam told Dawn that no one had contacted him or his police station regarding the case.

“We have only seen media reports regarding it being a case of attempted suicide,” the SHO said.

Shazia was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital from her home in Patni Mohalla of Baldia Town, a senior medico-legal official of the hospital, Saleem Shaikh told Dawn.

While confirming that Shazia had taken sleeping pills, Shaikh said that the MPA was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital as her condition was serious at the time. However, Muhammad Farooq, the legislator’s son, told DawnNews on Tuesday morning that his mother was in stable condition and “will be discharged from the hospital soon.”

Talking to the media outside the hospital, the legislator’s father held Farooq Sattar responsible for his daughter’s condition. Furious about MQM’s dismal performance in the Senate poll, Sattar had lashed out on members of his own party and had alleged that the PPP had bought some MQM-P members in their attempt to secure the most number seats in the election.

As a result of Sattar’s allegations, Shazia and fellow MPA Naila Munir had released video statements in which they said that they were frustrated and angry because of the differences in the party and the persistence of Dr Sattar in nominating Kamran Tessori, who was the main reason behind the split, for the Senate.

Both of them had made it clear that they did not vote for the MQM-P, but claimed that they did not make any deal to sell their vote.

Shazia and Munir had said that they were not associated with any of the MQM-P groups and they would prefer to sit home instead of becoming part of any grouping.

“My mother did not sell her vote, in fact she cancelled her vote in the Senate elections,” Muhammad Farooq, had said on Monday night, while adding that members of all political parties had contacted the family to “lend their support in this time of need.”

“People can play politics all they want, everyone knows about my mother’s sacrifices for the tanzeem,” he added.

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