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KARACHI: Although the Sindh High Court has granted him bail and issued his release orders, Afaq Ahmed has been detained for a month under the rules of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). Ahmed, the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi chairman, was expected to be released on Wednesday after a seven-year imprisonment in Central Jail, Karachi. He was shifted to the Malir District Jail late on Tuesday night in anticipation of his release and excited party workers made arrangements to welcome their chief home. About one thousand MQM-H activists and supporters gathered outside the jail to welcome Ahmed only to be bitterly disappointed at the eleventh hour. The provincial home department issued a notification that sentenced him to another month's detention in jail in accordance with the MPO. It is believed that the police asked the home department for the notification in order to prevent an outbreak of violence with his release. However, neither the government nor police have confirmed this. Ahmed was implicated in about a dozen cases registered across the city and was eventually convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. On Monday, the Sindh High Court accepted his bail plea and announced his release for Rs1 million in his last pending case -- the murder of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement activist in 2009. The city was disturbed on Tuesday night as the time for his release on Wednesday drew near. The tension was palpable as MQM-H supporters surfaced in areas such as PIB ...