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Imran Farooq murder: British police await access to suspects in Pakistan

Updated Jun 30, 2013 05:15am


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Dr Imran Farooq. – File Photo
Dr Imran Farooq. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: British authorities have made a fresh demand to access key suspects in Dr Imran Farooq murder case. The suspects are in custody of Pakistani authorities.

Sources privy to the development told on Saturday that request was made at the top level and very few people were in knowledge of it.

“Both sides are keeping it secret given the sensitivity of the issue. Pakistan government has not yet responded to the request,” a senior official revealed.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was tight lipped over the issue. He neither denied nor confirmed whether the government would entertain any such request.

His predecessor, Rehman Malik, had altogether denied the suspects in Dr Imran Farooq murder case were in custody of Pakistani authorities.

Farooq, 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.

Recently, the London Metropolitan police paced up the investigations. It conducted several raids, arrested some eight suspects, questioned thousands of people and scanned through thousands of documents.

Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had earlier termed the ongoing investigation a ‘conspiracy’ against him. In a recent telephonic address to his supporters, he said some national and international forces were attempting to break his determination.

“The PML-N government was dealing with the matter with utmost care to avoid public backlash in Karachi and elsewhere,” a PML-N leader commented requesting not to be named.

In December last year, the Met Police searched the MQM’s International Secretariat located at London’s Edgware Road for a period of two days. However, no arrests were made then.

Shahzad Raza is a freelance contributor. His twitter handle is @shahz79


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nadeem dar Jun 29, 2013 08:18pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was tight lipped over the issue. He neither denied nor confirmed whether the government would entertain any such request.

Why is interior Minister " tight lipped" ? Nisar sahib if you know facts and figures, don't conceal because GOD is watching !

There should be no delays in dispensation of justice, justice delayed is justice denied.

fida sayani Jun 29, 2013 08:43pm

The suspect is/are in police custody. The former PPP minister Rehman Malik denied it. The present Muslim League Minister is tight lipped over the issue. This reflects on the quality of Justice in Pakistan. British Police should be appreciated for the Professional way they have investigated the crime. Wish the Pakistani Police had acted in the same manner. The time has come for Police in Pakistan to show the professionalism required of there job.

AJ Jun 29, 2013 08:59pm

Lets see if these rulers go for their politics or for the country. They should go for the justice which can possibly solve one of the problems.

FarmerDr Jun 29, 2013 09:08pm

If the suspects to a crime are being detained in Pakistan what is the logic involved in not allowing them to be questioned by a foreign police service investigating the murder of a person of Pakistani origin? Do police services all over the world not have the same duty to apprehend criminals?

shahid Jun 29, 2013 09:28pm

Before allowing or denying the Scottland Yard access to suspects in Pakistan, seems like PMLN government is thinking more in political interests rather than rule of law. How would it benefit "PMLN" as party, not how Pakistan would benefit as a whole. This is ironic. Previous government had shown the same behavior. When would our governments actually take up matters purely on legal basis to do real justice? Our shortsighted leaders just don't know how much political mileage then can get if they don't put politics first in every matter. Even MQM, if they are really sincere, should come out and demand that access be given to Scottland Yard and in fact all cooperation should be extended so the real culprits be caught ASAP.

Tariq Mehsud Jun 29, 2013 09:51pm

The outcome of the case is pretty evident.

G.Nabi Jun 29, 2013 09:56pm

So why does n't local mohajir community demand from Pakistan government to hand over suspects to London Police ? Altaf Hussain is British national, why does he press British government to pressure Pakistan to hand over suspects. Why does he always bring up conspiracy theory as if whole world is against him. Dr. Imran Farooq , a citizen of Pakistan was brutally murdered, and politicians are playing game. Truth must come out to every body's satisfaction. Here we have British police, not the one we have. They will eventually get to the bottom of this heinous crime.

mazharuddin Jun 29, 2013 10:17pm

There should not have public backlash as Imran Farooq who was killed brutally and MQM too had observed his mourning. Perhaps foreign hand and a heinous crime. To overshadow such crime by earlier interior minister and high ups is a further crime. They should also be tried why it was being concealed? People of Karachi are peace loving. They are not with such evil group who involved in such crime. People of Karachi have lost 11000 lives during last five years but government failed to bring culprits to trial till yet. British government should disclose its policy in this respect.

Amir Jun 29, 2013 10:29pm

I am very confident British police to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation of the murder of one of the founding member of MQM. It cannot be a conspiracy specially against Altaf Hussain, since that country has provided him save haven for decades.

Atif Jun 29, 2013 10:53pm

Why is pak govt silent over it? What is the sensitivity? Why is it that everything involving Altaf becomes a "conspiracy" followed by open threats by him. If he is clean, why can't he face the investigation? When will Karachi and Pakistan cease to be held hostage by him and his party?

I am so sick and tired of his grunts interrupting TV transmission.

TAM Jun 29, 2013 11:32pm

Not to worry, it will all come out in the wash soon given the brilliant Scotland Yard are not restrained by Pakistan Govt and allowed access.

MKNazir Jun 29, 2013 11:29pm

Why does n't someone in national assembly question interior minister Nisar Ali about the suspects being in Pakistan. Out of all people why does n't MQM leader Sattar stand up & question the government ? After all Imran Farooq was one time a prominant leader of MQM

Indusonian Jun 30, 2013 12:50am

Hindering his determination to order killings in Karachi ?

Jehan Mubarak Jun 30, 2013 12:56am

This is the only now real chance for the State of Pakistan to get rid of this menace. Do it now, or regret later.

Naseer Jun 30, 2013 01:11am

Altaf said "some national and international forces were attempting to break his determination." Well how the investigations in a murder case can be deemed as attempts to break Altaf's determination? Unless he is linked to this murder, he should have nothing to fear about. But why he feels scared from these investigations? That means he must have a role in this murder. If that is the case, it is just right to break his determination (or his blackmail).

Mohsin Fareed Jun 30, 2013 01:20am

The Perpetrators should be held accountable and punished, regardless of who they are!!

Moiz Jun 30, 2013 05:03am

Now we understand why MQM never left PPP-led partnership.

M Khaleeq Jun 30, 2013 09:17am

Altaf Hussain's resignation is appropriate and honourable in view of an ongoing investigation into Dr Farooq

nadeem dar Jun 30, 2013 01:21pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was tight lipped over the issue.

"Mr. Nisar, don't keep quite over this issue, tell the British police facts and figures, give access to the suspects without delay, hand them over, so justice can be done. Do not delay in dispensing justice as justice delayed is justice denied. God is watching and waiting to see what decision you take in the power he has delegated to you, as interior minister.

TAHIR AMJAD Jun 30, 2013 04:48pm

Altaf BHAI seems to be in great trouble as invesrigations in Dr.Imran Farooq murder case are progressing well in the right directions..I dont know why he has started crying and building political presuure on Scotland yard and a country where he felt him safe and a better choice to live in ,instead Pakistan. BHAI sahb fikar na karo yeh pakistani police thori hi hai ke bhaince say bhi jurm ugalwa leti hai..scotland yard aik independent aur professional police hai agar aap bayqasoor ho to koi aapko kuch nahin kahay ga...lekin phir jo marzi hai dramay kar lo BACHAN GAI NAHIN.

Naeem Syed Jun 30, 2013 04:54pm

I hope that Altaf Hussain is not involved directly or indirectly in the murder of Dr Imran Farooq as this would create a political mess. Scotland Yard has a reputation of doing a thorough job and if they are pursuing this case with vigor you can bet they will finish it. To be considered to be on the right Democratic Path the Pakistan government has also to learn to respect the rule of law, and as such surrender all evidence or witnesses in their custody to the British authorities. This could be done while the PM is in China even. Maybe this apprehension is what making people panic? Jul 01, 2013 11:53am

Why must we now rely on British justice to nail our corrupt sportsmen and politicians?

aamir cheema Jul 01, 2013 01:09pm

come on Altaf Bhai, London is not like Karachi where you can pressurise the police, why are you so sacred of police. Hard fact is that if you cannot take the heat of London police investigation how come any one can believe that you are serious in making Karachi peaceful.

Kamran Jul 01, 2013 01:20pm

It's time to pay for crimes committed. It is 2013 and certainly not Pakistan Plus Scotland yard.

ykhanuzai Jul 01, 2013 05:02pm

Imran Faroow was the Master Mind of MQM. I.. Why he left MQM & why he went underground tell his death ? ii. Why he was in process of New Party. What was name of the party? iii. Why MQM leadership's silent about their Leader Imran Farooq Murder? v. WHo took the money of Imran Farooq's Departments Store in London sold for 100 thousand pounds? ( As per Murtazashah GEO, U.K. Shumaila did not got the money.) vi, Why Paki/U.K Media have no access to Mr.SHumaila Farooq and her kids? I hope they

Masood Hussain Jul 01, 2013 07:06pm

What is legal position, Does the Hon. C.J of Supreme court have the right to call the interior minister to explain why the British police is not being given access to the suspects in Imran Farooq murder case. It may solve thousands of murders

Threshold Jul 01, 2013 08:30pm

Now we understand why MQM never left PPP-led partnership.

Threshold Jul 01, 2013 08:31pm

Dr Imran Farooq He Brave Man . I Salute Them !

Salah uddin Jul 01, 2013 11:15pm

There is the question of late imran Farooq's family, particularly his wife & children. Don't they deserve justice ? If PML(N) plays politics & refuses to let London police question suspects in the custody of Pakistan, then you know they don't care about the supremacy of the law, they care more about the hold on power,

Arshad Jul 02, 2013 12:41am

One man removed will not solve the MQM issue. He will be replaced by another Altaf Hussain. Whole leadership of MQM will somehow needs to be removed to make MQM civilised. This can only be done by the voters of Karachi/Hyderabad by not voting for MQM. The workers and the civilised leaders (if there are any) of MQM will then rid MQM of these criminals. Otherwise, it will self destruct and take down Karachi with it.