Scotland Yard arrests suspect in connection with Imran Farooq murder

Updated August 27, 2014

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Dr Imran Farooq. — File photo
Dr Imran Farooq. — File photo

LONDON: The London Metropolitan police on Wednesday said it has arrested a 30-year-old suspect in connection with ex-Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq's murder.

"A 30 year old man has been arrested in connection with the Imran Farooq murder case from the Waltham Forest area in London," a spokesperson for the London Metropolitan Police told Dawn.com.

Media reports quoting Scotland Yard said the suspect was said to be a British national of Pakistani origin. He is said to belong to a political party and is currently in detention at the Central London Police Station, according to the reports.

Earlier in May, British detectives had released photographs of two suspects they wanted to trace in connection with Farooq's killing.

The two Pakistani nationals were identified as 29-year-old Mohsin Ali Syed and 34-year-old Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran.

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Farooq, 50, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on September 16, 2010.

Farooq claimed asylum in Britain in 1999. He was wanted in Pakistan over scores of charges including torture and murder but always claimed the accusations were politically motivated.

He had twice been elected as a lawmaker in Pakistan but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against MQM activists in Karachi. More than 200,000 mourners packed the streets of Karachi for his burial on November 6, 2010.