Prime suspect in Imran Farooq murder placed under 90-day preventive detention

Updated April 14, 2015

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Moazzam Ali - DawnNews screen grab
Moazzam Ali - DawnNews screen grab

KARACHI: The prime suspect in the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq was produced in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi on Tuesday.

Pakistan Rangers informed the ATC about a 90-day preventive detention of the suspect Moazzam Ali for questioning.

The paramilitary force informed the court that they have credible information about his involvement in target killings and other offences which fall under the domain of the anti-terrorism act (ATA)

The suspect was subsequently placed under preventive detention for three months under Section 11 EEEE and in compliance with Section 11 EEEE (3) of the ATA.

The production of the suspect along with his jail warrant and detention order was made for the information of this court.

A day earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said the primary suspect in Dr Imran Farooq's murder case had been arrested from Karachi and will be presented in court tomorrow (today).

Nisar had not disclosed the name of the suspect but said his identity will be made public when he is presented in court.

The man taken into custody by intelligence and security agencies was responsible for arranging visas, tickets and stay in Britain of two suspected killers of Dr Farooq.

Know more: Prime suspect in Imran Farooq murder arrested in Karachi: Nisar

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

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.

British envoy calls on Nisar

British High commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan today and discussed the arrest of Moazzam Ali from Karachi in connection with Dr Imran Farooq's murder.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry Sarfaraz Hussain confirmed the meeting which took place in Islamabad.

During the meeting, matters pertaining to the money laundering probe against MQM chief Altaf Hussain also came under discussion.

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