Dr Imran Farooq murder case: Police arrests two from Karachi airport
KARACHI: Two men were arrested at Karachi airport a few days ago in connection with the killing of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq in London in September last year.
The suspects are said to be affiliated to a political party. Two alleged killers of Dr Farooq were arrested in Karachi, London police commissioner confirmed. He said that they were working with Pakistan in Dr Farooq’s murder case. He further said that the killers would not be allowed to roam freely on the streets of London.
Officials privy to details said that the arrested men had travelled to UK on student visa, stabbed Dr Farooq to death and then flown to Sri Lanka. They were apprehended soon after they came out of the airport in Karachi after having travelled from Colombo.
It is learnt that they were arrested on a tip from British intelligence and other sources. Their names have not been disclosed but the sources said that the president, prime minister and security establishment had been informed about the matter. The arrests were made by personnel of the country’s elite intelligence agency with the help of photographs and videos provided by the British authorities. The accused had flown to London in August 2010 and the murder took place on September 16. London’s Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard had launched an investigation and arrested a suspect who was released later for lack of evidence.
Dr Farooq had co-founded the All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (APMSO), the parent organisation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, with Altaf Hussain. He was deputy convener of the party, technically next to the MQM chief. But he left the party in 2009 after developing differences over the organisational matters. Dr Farooq was killed on September 16, 2010, outside his residence in London.