Money-laundering, Farooq’s murder case and Scotland Yard team arrives in Islamabad


WEB DESK: A six-member Scotland Yard team investigating murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq has arrived in Islamabad on Sunday.

The team headed by Stewart Michael includes inspection experts and top security officials who will further investigate the money laundering and Imran Farooq murder cases.

Reports said that the team will be briefed over the latest progress in the cases while the members would also be informed about the statements and judicial proceedings against suspects Khalid Shamim, Moazzam Ali and Mohsin Ali. Earlier, Scotland Yard contacted Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and asked to provide evidences related to Imran Farooq murder case.

FIA also presented an interim challan for the along with Imran Farooq’s death certificate and directly declared suspect Mohsin Ali as murderer while Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim were termed as facilitators.

Investigation officer Shahzad Zafar said that Mohsin and Kashif Kamran stabbed Imran Farooq to death. On December 31st of the previous year, Shamim and Mohsin Ali had confessed to the crime in front of the judicial magistrate in Pakistan.

Shamim had admitted that a key MQM personality wanted to get Farooq out of his way. He said that the directives to assassinate Farooq came from London. Farooq, 50, a founding member of MQM was killed in a knife attack in Edgware, north-west London in September 2010.

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

He had twice been elected an MP in Pakistan, but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against party activists in Karachi.-Business Recorder

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