Dr Imran Farooq murder: Stop spreading untrue reports, MQM tells media

Published: August 28, 2011
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File photo of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq.

File photo of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq.

KARACHI: 

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) tersely urged the media to refrain from spreading “unfounded speculations” about arrests made in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case.

A statement issued by MQM’s coordination committee said that news reports on two people being arrested at the Karachi airport were “devoid of truth, baseless and concocted.”

The committee said that the purpose behind these “fabricated and malicious” reports was nothing but to “tarnish the image of the MQM and damage its reputation.”

Members of the coordination committee said that MQM was “consulting its legal advisers for (taking) legal action in this regard.”

They said that the case was being investigated by “the (New) Scotland Yard, and the media should desist from spreading false and unfounded speculations.”

In Karachi, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that law enforcement agencies had not arrested any man named ‘Waseem’ from Karachi airport in the Dr Imran Farooq murder case and no agency had sent any report to the British authorities regarding any Pakistani political party.

Rebuffing all media reports in this regard, Malik said this was “all being done to drive a wedge between the PPP and the MQM.”

Malik told reporters that reports regarding arrest of two MQM workers from an airport “are baseless and no information was provided by Scotland Yard or other British agency (in this regard).”  He said that the government of Pakistan had not sent any report against the MQM to the British authorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Shah Zalmay Khan
    Aug 28, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Does anyone “SMELL A RAT” here?
    Why suddenly the target killers have stopped their activities? This sure, is not due to the Police or Rangers Operation. They have been there for years. They couldn’t even avenge the killing of their Comrades-in-Arms at “Chakra Goth”
    Then WHAT caused this? Scotland Yard and MI-6 are more likely to have the credit for the “Lull in Target Killing” in Karachi.
    Pull up your socks Mr. A.R. Malik.

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  • Nasrat Baloch
    Aug 28, 2011 - 11:30AM

    What is the original news ? Please publish the original news first as no news but denial?

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  • Chester
    Aug 28, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Well I for one watched on a local private channel that two people were arrested from a karachi bound flight from Colombo and that these were APMSO students sent to London on student visas. They were taken into custody from the airport as they were meant to be ambushed had they left.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 28, 2011 - 12:31PM

    This is “Pur Aman Appeal To The Media” from MQM …………. nothing more to add.

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  • omer bin abdulaziz
    Aug 28, 2011 - 12:54PM

    As they say in Urdu:

    “Bakrey key maN kab tak khair manati”

    Evil ultimately returns to the doer.

    The media has to be bold enough to report everything with transparency against the MQM

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  • sam
    Aug 28, 2011 - 1:56PM

    I wonder if he is really arrested or not ? cos since that hoax news came out has altaf spoken on tv or telephonic khitab yet ?

    watever that dude needs to brought to justice … we karachities are tired of it now.

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  • Aug 28, 2011 - 5:24PM

    Who were the persons armed with sophisticated weapons
    and attacked the vehicle carrying number of rangers and
    police personals.According to the sources some policemen
    and rangers died in sudden attack.

    Subsequently, there was an encounter,five of them were arrested
    and leadership of alleged party demanded their release forthwith?

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  • Waseem Baloch
    Aug 29, 2011 - 7:54AM

    I might not agree with everything MQM does, but we need to stop creating false news stories. This only increases tensions and violence. Let the Scotland Yard complete their investigation. Stop with this racism! There is no truth to these stories about two MQM men being arrested or about Altaf Hussain being arrested, so stop spreading lies. Lies will not get us anywhere!

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  • Nasrat Baloch
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:41AM

    @Waseem Baloch: R u a real Baloch from Balochistan or khi?

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  • Rusm
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:52AM

    @Nasrat , His real name is Navaid…

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  • Basit Khan
    Sep 4, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Waseem Baloch, Will you kindly tell us about those things that MQM does and you don’t agree with ?

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  • Basit Khan
    Sep 4, 2011 - 1:18PM

    A man once said that Rehman Malik is a compulsive liar. And that while eating an apple he would claim that he was eating a banana.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Sep 4, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Media is meant to spread the information to its viewers and readers.

    While disseminating first hand information or breaking news to viewers and readers, it is impossible for the media personnel to come to a conclusion as who was at fault.

    It is up to the people to determine the facts that what is true and what is fault.

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