UK team interrogates key suspect in Imran Farooq murder case

Published September 5, 2015
Mohsin went to the UK in February, 2010, and left the UK on Sept 16, 2010, hours after the murder.—AFP/File
Mohsin went to the UK in February, 2010, and left the UK on Sept 16, 2010, hours after the murder.—AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: A Scotland Yard team returned to London on Friday after interrogating Mohsin Ali Syed, one of the key suspects in the Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

The three-member team had come to Pakistan recently when Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was in the United Kingdom holding talks with British authorities.

Dr Farooq, a senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was murdered outside his home in London in 2010.

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Two suspects — Mohsin and Kashif Khan Kamran — are said to have acquired British visa on the basis of their admission to the London Academy of Management Sciences in East London.

Mohsin went to the UK in February, 2010, and lived in a number of places in London. Kashif reached there in early September, 2010.

According to information shared by the UK, phone records showed that they usually moved together and were allegedly in contact with a close relative of MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

They left the UK on Sept 16, 2010, hours after the murder for Sri Lanka before travelling to Karachi on Sept 19.

Mohsin Ali was arrested along with another accused, Khalid Shamim, by the Frontier Corps in Balochistan about two months ago.

During its visit to Islamabad in July the Scotland Yard team quizzed two other accused, Moazzam Ali Khan and Khalid Shamim.

Moazzam Ali was arrested by law-enforcement agencies in Karachi this year. He was accused of arranging tickets, visa and finances for the UK visit of Mohsin and Kashif.

It has been reported that the Metropolitan police have reasons to believe that Mohsin and Kashif stabbed Dr Farooq to death before fleeing the country.

The whereabouts of Kashif are not known and there are rumours that he is not alive.

Khalid Shamim is accused of being a part of the murder plot and investigations suggest that he had met Mohsin and Kashif and arranged their meeting with Moazzam Ali.

Published in Dawn, September 5th, 2015

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