Dr Imran Farooq murder: London police arrest 2 suspects

Published: November 11, 2011
The two suspects were reportedly arrested from the Karachi Airport at least two months ago. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The two suspects were reportedly arrested from the Karachi Airport at least two months ago. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LONDON: London police commisioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has confirmed that two alleged killers of MQM’s leader Dr Imran Farooq were arrested in Karachi.

The Police Commissioner has been quoted by a London-based newspaper stating that the killers would not be allowed to roam freely on the streets of London.

He also said that London Police is working with Pakistan in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case.

Imran Farooq, who was a prominent MQM leader, was killed last year on September 16, outside his residence in London.

The two suspects were reportedly arrested from the Karachi Airport at least two months ago but Pakistani police never confirmed their arrest.

The arrest of the suspects has finally been confirmed by the British police today.

In August this year, the MQM had 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.”


Dr Farooq, one of the founding members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and its forerunner the All Pakistan Muhajir Student Organisation (APMSO) was born in June 14, 1960.

The veteran MQM leader held several posts in the MQM, serving as its first secretary-general and convener, besides being elected to the National Assembly and the party’s parliamentary leader in 1988 and 1990. He was regarded as one of the party’s main ideologues, responsible for the political education of its supporters. After the Nawaz Sharif-led government launched a crackdown on MQM in 1992, Dr Farooq, like other party leaders, went into hiding. Later, he escaped to England in 1999, claiming political asylum there. He got married in 2004. Dr Farooq, 50, is believed to have been attacked on his way home in Green Lane, Edgware.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly mentioned that that the 1992 operation in Karachi was under the PPP-led government. This is incorrect. The error is regretted.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Why do MQM believe reports are nothing but to “tarnish the image of the MQM and damage its reputation.”? They should be happy that the police has apprehended culprits who murdered their party worker and for whom Altaf bhai shed so many tears!


  • Salman
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:59PM

    lol dont know why it took them so long to confirm the arrests ..Recommend

  • Ek Karachi Wala
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:14PM

    I am not a PPP-supporter but am surprised by the statement

    ‘After the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government launched a crackdown on MQM in 1992’

    because in 1992 the government in power was that of Nawaz Sharif. Please check your facts.Recommend

  • Sachal Sarmast
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:15PM

    It seems that arrests in case of Dr. Imran have positive impact on politics of Karachi.
    we do not know exactly what is actually behind the curtain. yet we pray and we wish that old glories of and peace in Karachi are restored. people of Karachi deserve the peace and prosperity.


  • Salman
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:16PM

    criminal charges against APMSO/MQM/Altaf now ?


  • drsafi
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:18PM

    These arrests were made earlier and our interior minister himself said that these are baseless news at that time.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:25PM

    *Nowhere does it say in the statement issued by the London police commissioner as to when the arrests happened


  • Umer
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:42PM

    @Acorn Guts:
    Exactly what I was thinking!


  • A. H.
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:47PM

    He also said that London Police is working with Pakistan in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case.

    ye case be solve nahi hoga unless Pakistani police is involved…


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Good news for every one including the family of Late Dr. Imran Farooq.

    Only one thing will be different. The suspects if found guilt would be punished under the British law and justice will be done.

    Had the suspects found guilty would been prosecuted in Pakistan, they would have been out of jail after few years, as no witness would have come forward to recognise them.

    The British Government should let Dr. Imran Farooq’s family members to remain in UK, as possibly they would get hurt after coming to Pakistan.


  • Hairaan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:07PM

    @Acorn Guts:
    You are right. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:43PM

    I don’t know who is writing these misleading reports, the report states that, “After the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government launched a crackdown on MQM in 1992”
    Well that was not Pakistan Peoples Party Government, that was Nawaz Sharif’s government. It seems that this is done in a hectic manner that the writer wasn’t able to keep the facts straight. In fact, I agree that this is trying to tarnish the name of a strong political party.


  • Peace loving citizwen
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:56PM

    u r rite. Dr Imran was not an ordinary man. He was a leading figure in MQM. Whoever is involved in his killing, shud b punished.


  • Nov 11, 2011 - 10:04PM

    We karachities happy if genuine culprit have been nabbed. We have seen so much conspiracies in earlier, When Imran Farooq was wanted fugitive and used to live in uneasy life. At that Time, conspirators used the same tactics and wanted to malign the status of MQM. But unfortunately after a long period, Imran Farooq emerged and went to meet with MQM Chief Altaf Hussain. MQM haters don’t skip any sensitive matter to malign MQM. Thumbs down to haters.


  • Rustam Salmeen
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:07PM

    @ Adnan Siddiqui – Your comments distract attention from the main theme of the news. May I know why you are unhappy if justice process has started in a case wherein a prominent Pakistani person was killed for some unknown reasons by some professional assassinators.
    Could you explain your sadness? .


  • riz
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:19PM

    good news to solve mystery


  • Chut Pata
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:25PM

    “After the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government launched a crackdown on MQM in 1992″. Hahahaha. Such is the journalist quality of the reporter. BTW I remember what MQM denied. They denied Altaf Hussain was arrested on London Airport trying to escape to South Africa. Express Tribute is sounding more and more like Daily Ummat with propaganda journalistic lies.. LOL.


  • bahraini
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:31PM

    @Sachal Sarmast:
    What is “behind the curtain”.? Please enlighten us!


  • Chut Pata
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:37PM

    @Sachal Sarmast: To bring back the glory days of Karachi when there was peace and construction, you will have to bring back “Dictator” Musharraf, because that was his era. lol.


  • Sohail
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:46PM

    A Strong Political Party!!!!
    Who are you kidding Mr Siddiqui….
    Ask the public, 99% will call them traitors! The lot of them!
    I say no more!


  • Natasha
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Ek karachi wala,

    MLN continued with PPP’s policies against MQM. Things just intensified after MLN came to power in 92.


  • Sohail
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:54PM

    and Just for the Record, Nawaz Shareef’s incompetent Govt ended in 93, then it was PPP that took over operation Cleanup…..Major Gen Naseerullah Khan Baber……Rings a bell?


  • Think Tank
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:18PM

    Its a question of credibility of scotland yard police . Peoples are watching that case a very sharp eye .


  • khan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:36AM

    geo broke the news
    p. s post this


  • Obsever from UK
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Two months ago this story was broken. Two suspects who were operatives of MQM were arrested on a tip off from London police. The agent of Altaf Hussain not realising the significance of this incredible development issued a statement to deny this. The federal interior minister exhibited his stupid character just to save the image of MQM.

    Around that time there were reports of Altaf Hussain being interrogated by London police. He mysteriously disappeared from the horizons and his disciples were busy telling the media that he was under treatment in one of the London’s hospitals. This was another lie and I am convinced he was detained by the police and grilled. He will probably have to undergo similar exercise and most possible kept behind bars. Recommend

  • Rustam Salmeen
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @Think Tank – Compromises are prevalent everywhere. In Pakistan, If it is in the interest of West, the Scotland Yard will take the case to its fair conclusion, otherwise expect that they may also keep silence on it.
    Sind Interior Minister is still not coming up with the truth, whereas the persons were arrested in Karachi!!!
    We need to think, why MQM is not seen following up this case.
    It is surprising that MQM supporters’ comments here reflect sadness on arrest of the two culprits involved in the assassination of their “beloved” leader!!! Are they with Imran Farouq or with the culprits?
    They are also trying to use an error in the report to distract focus from the arrest of two culprits. Why?
    Non-MQM commentators are happy on the arrests of assassins of MQM’s beloved leader.

    To what all the above indicators point?


  • Independent from London
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:07AM

    If the story of two suspects being arrested in Karachi has come out to be true then the story of Altaf Hussain being detained by the Scotland Yard around that time must be true as well. Remember, the leaders of the MQM were busy telling the world that Altaf Hussain had been taken ill and was undergoing investigations. That was most probably a lie. The truth was that he was under arrest and being interrogated.


  • Ishrat Salim
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:08AM

    Reply to Ex Karachiwala…..the statement has been corrected at the bottom by ET management….pls read carefully before commenting…..


  • Shayan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:54AM

    Altaf Bhai must be shopping for a villa in south africa.


  • hamid
    Nov 12, 2011 - 3:00AM

    How can MQM say this?? “devoid of truth, baseless and concocted.” and “fabricated and malicious reports was nothing but to tarnish the image of the MQM and damage its reputation.” I bet those arrested are members of MQM, that is why MQM is so worried.


  • Hassan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 3:18AM

    @ Sohail

    Ask the public, 99% will call them traitors! The lot of them!
    I say no more!

    Yet these ‘traitors’ received 9% of the vote cast in 2008 elections and according to the latest Gallup poll 7% of Pakistanis are willing to vote for them. Be careful before you start throwing such terms around.


  • Siddh
    Nov 12, 2011 - 8:47AM

    If MQM is honest about this murder, they should welcome all and any arrests, as such attempts may eventually lead to the real culprits!!!

    Dont deny ‘justice’…. MQM.


  • ali
    Nov 12, 2011 - 8:48AM

    Why are PPP govt and MQM quiet about the arrests. Aren’t they running the govt in Karachi. There is something fishy…


  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 10:21AM

    We Pakistanis are way better than this British police. We knew the culprits before any arrests were made. I think UK should hire Pakistanis in their police force :).


  • ijaz Mir
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:17PM

    story about Pakistani police is circulating,Once American ambassadors lost a pet deer.Police was pressured to find the deer..Police could not find the deer took an Elephant to the Ambassador But ambassador refuse to except elephant.Police was insisting that this is your deer. If you do not believe please ask the animal. The elephant was shaking his head and repeating I am not an elephant I am a

  • Rustam Salmeen
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:18PM

    In the current circumstances, I fear that the judicial process will not be concluded, whether in Pakistan or UK.
    In Pakistan it is the blackmailing by the political party that is suspect in this heinous crime of getting assinated its own leader and in UK it is diplomatic implications, as the current government does not seem to be interested to get this judicial process goes through. it seems that PPP is keeping this heinous murder as card for bargaining.
    This scenario talks loudly about character and credibility of the two political parties involved.
    @MQM guys, open your eyes and think of justice and national interest. You might have got some petty gain through political clout of MQM in past. That does not mean you do not formulate your views honestly and based on the facts. Also, do not attempt to distract attention from core issue to a side issue, so as to create haze. Let the reader see the truth and true faces of the parties involved.


  • Salim Ashraf
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:51PM

    If scotland yard conducts investigation in a fear and meaningful way, then let me congratulates karachites as Dawn is due now. Otherwise, nothing will happen, we mustn’t forget saga from Zulfiqar Mirza as well as socalled proceeding by Justice Chaudhry. was any of these stories proven fruitful?


  • Independent from London
    Nov 12, 2011 - 3:54PM

    @ijaz Mir: Don’t you worry these two suspects will confess when their custody is handed over to Scotland Yard. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 4:16PM

    What MQM denied were the rumors of Altaf Hussain being arrested, not the arrest of 2 suspects


  • haris
    Nov 12, 2011 - 5:52PM

    I could not find any details about that press release on metropolitan police website and its just broke in Pakistani Press likewise in August this years however on 16th sep Detectives investigating the murder of Dr Imran Farooq have offered a reward of up to £20,000 for information on the first anniversary of his death. http://content.met.police.uk/Appeal/Dr-Imran-Farooq-murder-appeal/1400003075835/1257246745782


  • haris
    Nov 12, 2011 - 5:59PM

    We all Zulfiqar Mirza is in UK to meet with investigation team and its was all his drama played with Afaq Ahmed (Recently Afaq Ahmed disclosed his close contact with him and submitted a request SHC against Altaf Hussain) it might be again arm twisting technique that’s was used is past to secure coalition if MQM opposes the restoration of 1979 local Govt system ….. Mirza is still loyal to Zardari according to him and her wife still on very Important position so I don’t believe in his cosmetic confrontation within party ………


  • Rustam Salmeen
    Nov 12, 2011 - 9:13PM

    @ Haris – It is the verbal statement of Chief of Met Police in response to an interviewer’s question and not a press release. The video of the statement was shown and being shown repeatedly on TV channels. Open your eyes and do not be selective. Make your argument if you feel that the video of the statement being shown cannot be the source of a news or it is a fake video.
    Focus on the core story so that you can reach to a conclusion on the subject covered in this news story. do not you wish that murderers and conspirators behind them should be punished. Be with the victim and justice and do not make utterances that show that you are with the murderers and conspirators.


  • fahad
    Nov 12, 2011 - 11:10PM

    I must say im quite impressed with ppp blackmailing techniques first they got pmlq via moonis nicl case now they got both mqm on lock.altaf bhai will certainly not protest the commisonary system now. President will ensure both these parties will get them through senate elell


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