Dr Imran Farooq was one of the founding members of the MQM, and had been living in self-imposed exile in London since 1999 before his murder.—AFP/File Photo
Dr Imran Farooq was one of the founding members of the MQM, and had been living in self-imposed exile in London since 1999 before his murder.—AFP/File Photo

KARACHI: Police in London arrested on Monday a suspect of Pakistani origin in the murder of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq.

"Counter Terrorism officers investigating the murder of Dr Imran Farooq have today arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder," said the London Metropolitan Police.

The Met police confirmed that the 52-year old suspect, a British citizen of Pakistani origin, was arrested Monday morning from Heathrow Airport at 09:10 GMT and was taken to a police station in London.

The suspect had just arrived in Britain from Canada, said the police.

MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq, aged 50, was on his way home from work when he was attacked in Green Lane on Sept 16, 2010 outside his London home. A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head.

This is the first arrest carried out by London Police in relation to his killing, and is so far the most significant progress in the case in more than a year.

Last week, the British police searched two residential properties in London as part of an investigation into the murder.

Television reports said the police carried out a 55-hour search in two northwest London “residential addresses”. The New Scotland Yard, which raided the houses, was reported to have confiscated several documents during the search.

The TV reports suggested that one of the houses belonged to MQM chief Altaf Hussain. However, there was no independent confirmation of the report.

Farooq, one of the founding members of the MQM, then known as the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, had been living in self-imposed exile in London since 1999.

The party later transformed into the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and became the fourth largest political force in parliament, and is the largest political party in Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub by the Arabian Sea.

Published Jun 24, 2013 04:14pm

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Jun 24, 2013 04:46pm

Altaf Bhai seems in trouble

Jun 24, 2013 04:46pm

Altaf Bhai seems in trouble

Jun 24, 2013 04:46pm

When some one does something wrong he is a British citizen of Pakistani origin (like in this case) and when some good is done by a person he is only a British citizen and to make is worse the Pakistani media copies the same propaganda to defame Pakistan in the eyes of the world. Keep the good work up Pakistani media.

Who needs an enemy when we have friends like this (The Pakistani Media)

M kay
Jun 24, 2013 06:03pm

Dashed my hopes when i read the suspect had arrived into Britain from Canada. I was hoping it was someone who had been living there all along these years...

Jun 24, 2013 06:48pm

Na-Maloom Afraid in trouble.

Jun 24, 2013 06:59pm

Let's hope Scotland Yard lives up to its reputation and catch the culprit.

Syed Asad
Jun 24, 2013 07:13pm

Catch the ring leader Met Police!!!..

Javed Iqbal
Jun 24, 2013 07:42pm

The net is closing on Mafia

Jun 24, 2013 08:53pm

And Karachi was very peaceful before the formation of MQM. Don't take me wrong, I am not blaming anyone.

M. Siddique
Jun 24, 2013 09:20pm

@aa254: Noose is getting tighter. I hope he lands in jail or deported to Pakistan. Fingers crossed.

Jun 24, 2013 11:32pm

Big expectations from one f the World's best investigation institution and one of the World's most fair judicial system. They should not compromise their glorious reputation under any political pressure

Jun 24, 2013 11:35pm

@Saad: i wonder which newspaper can be relied on for truth.

Jun 25, 2013 01:23am

All haters will be remain disappointed, Insh Allah Wa-Taallah:) Some might not know why they hate others, other then their look or origin.

Hasan Hasni
Jun 25, 2013 04:08am

Hope and pray for a judicial system in our country where criminal are penalised with full force of law, they will not dare to show the victory sign when arrested and system respected by everyone.

Akbar Ahmad
Jun 25, 2013 05:55am

Hope further investigation leads to what most Pakistanis expect & wish.

Jun 25, 2013 06:19am

@Saad: Totally agreed. Our so called journalists and half wit 'editors' just copy paste all the news from other sources. I highly doubt even if they are capable of reading english properly. The language of the foreign news agencies is usually very offensive when it comes to muslims and Islam and our stupid media editors just copy paste it. Iditos

Jun 25, 2013 09:32am

@Saad: I don't think you are right. All the news regarding the boxer Amir Khan also mentions him as a British of Pakistani origin.

Jun 25, 2013 09:45am

I am utterly surprised that it is taking so long for Scotland Yard to unravel this horrendous crime;since SY has the reputation of being the best police in the world. I fondly hope the arrest and 55 hour search will bring out the culprits once for all and give a grand QED to this problem.

Mera Pakistan
Jun 25, 2013 10:33am

@M kay: News are that the suspect is cousin of the person you are referring to. The suspect (Iftikhar Hussain) has been living in London for past few years and went to attend marriage of daughter of (Israr Hussain) in Canada.

Jun 27, 2013 08:02am

@Banoo3133@Yahoo.com: They say themselves as the best to influence the world