Afaq Ahmed (Urdu: آفاق احمد born April 22, 1962 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan) founded the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) (MQM) political party, a break-away faction of the much larger Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party.
Born in a Muhajir family, Ahmed graduated from University of Karachi. While still a student, he joined the All Pakistan Muttahidda Students Organization (APMSO) led by Altaf Hussain. Later, when the APMSO became a political party under the leadership of Hussain, Ahmed served as the party's joint secretary. However, in 1989, owing to some ideological differences with Altaf Hussain, Ahmed left the MQM and announced the creation of his own MQM-H party.
He was arrested in 2004 following the rise to power of the rival MQM in Sindh. In late September 2011, the Sindh High Court finally granted Ahmed bail seven years after his arrest. The Sindh government refused to grant his release, citing concerns over the maintenance of law and order. On December 16, 2011 the Sindh High Court declared Ahmed's imprisonment under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) illegal and ordered him to be set free.
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