Police make headway in investigations

Published: October 2, 2010
The weapons used to kill Dr Farooq, which include a kitchen knife and brick were recovered by the police.

The weapons used to kill Dr Farooq, which include a kitchen knife and brick were recovered by the police.


British police on Friday said that they had recovered a knife and brick used in the attack on Dr Imran Farooq, who was stabbed to death outside his home in north London last month.

“Detectives have recovered a 5.5-inch (14cm) bladed kitchen knife and a house brick which were used in the attack on Dr Imran Farooq in Edgware two weeks ago,” a statement from London’s Metropolitan Police said.

It said the items were found in Green Lane, the street  where the senior member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was found with head injuries and stab wounds on September 16. He was declared dead at the scene.

Officers from the Met’s counter-terrorism command were trying to trace two Asian men in connection with the murder, police said, but added that they “retain an open mind as to a motive.” No arrests have yet been made and police urged witnesses to come forward. Farooq’s death led to a shutdown of Karachi, after the MQM declared 10 days of mourning. His widow also made an appeal for help in apprehending his killers, on September 23.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2010.

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  • Hamza Baloch
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:07PM

    After 15 days, they find the knief— what a quick response.Recommend

  • qasim
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:20PM

    quite an achievement. The actual game starts now. The hidden hand is truly after someone to pay for his deeds by this event.Recommend

  • Kamran Nifasat
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:20PM

    Is it a real murder weapon or some one has planted it to distrack SCL, 15 days after all is a long period. I have my doubts.Recommend

  • talib
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:27PM

    It is just the begining ,just wait and see what comes out, doomsday for some evils, Reputation of Scotland yard at stake.Recommend

  • jilani
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:37PM

    itne time me tho pakistani police banda dund dete he…..LOLRecommend

  • ADE
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:43PM

    Where were the weapons found?Recommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:47PM

    Intelligence lives in the heart of revolutionRecommend

  • Abbas Rafiq
    Oct 1, 2010 - 6:30PM

    Indeed quite an achievement by Met Police.Murders mostly dun remain mysteries there,seen such things happening,they can run,but they cannot hide.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 1, 2010 - 6:53PM

    The killer seems to be unprofessional.

    Kitchen knife is used in such murders where the killers do not prepare in advance to murder a specific person.

    Which part of the street a brick is missing?

    There is a possibility that the killer may live in a nearby area which was not very far from the place where Dr, Imran Farooq was living. What was the size of the brick? A person can conceal the kitchen knife easily, but a standard size brick cannot be concealed.

    Where is the video tape of cameras that were installed on the street where Dr. Imran Farooq was living?

    The Scotland Yard should go through the video tape of at least one month before the murder took place and try to figure out a person or group of people who time and again went into the building where Dr. Imran Farooq was living.

    The close-up shots of video will determine whether there was a person or group of people who were on surveillance before the murder took place. Recommend

  • Farhad Ahmed
    Oct 1, 2010 - 6:53PM

    i m totally agree with Kamran NIfasat.. its trying to divert SCL to somewhere else… but i dont think it will work.. because in any crime there is lots of brains to do something to divert situations.. it can be a part of this diversion…..Recommend

  • Samreen A.Khan
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:43PM

    they found a knife after 15 days!! ……very appreciable!!! so quick they are na!Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2010 - 12:59AM

    god knows and natural laws are always in place– one has to pay in the same coin–
    honesty pays Recommend

  • Abdur Rehman Maani
    Oct 2, 2010 - 6:24AM

    “Someone somewhere knows something…………..?
    HHHHmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm it menas Ms Shumaila Imran Knows tooooooooooooo………
    This verdict of her is really a vivid hint to find the assassins of Dr. Imran Farooq….. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Oct 2, 2010 - 8:15AM

    What goes around comes around!Recommend

  • Ambreen
    Oct 2, 2010 - 8:40AM

    at least they’re progrewssing. show when a weapon has been foind in pakistan?Recommend

  • watchdog from UK
    Oct 2, 2010 - 11:00AM

    Now the weapons used to murder Imran Farooq have been found, how would the investigations proceed?

    First of all the findings of the knife and piece of brick is an achievement of S Y itself. It is unknown from which location it was found. It will also indicate in which direction the murderers were running away from the site of the incident.

    The police will, hopefully, find DNA of the murderers.

    There appears to be good response to the appeal by the widow of Imran. The people are coming forward to help.

    There are still some important questions which remain unanswered?

    Why MQM has cooled down about Imran Farooq and suddenly shifted focus on Aafia?
    Why the body of Imran Farooq is not being sent to Karachi where Farooq Sattar is waiting to receive as if he was next of kin of Imran Farooq.
    Why the widow of Imran Farooq has not come out in support of MQM ?
    Why Imran Farooq is projected as the convenor when he was not?
    Why MQM has not taken ‘legal action’ against the Guardian?
    Where is the father of Imran Farooq?Recommend

  • scott yard is Jhoot yard
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:35PM

    My dear scott yard, we are well aware about you also. What were findings of Lady Diana…???

    What about assasination of BB???

    This is spactacle, you are expert in!Recommend

  • watchdog from UK
    Oct 3, 2010 - 1:38PM
  • Dur Muhammed
    Oct 3, 2010 - 7:14PM


    Altaf Hussain says”powerful elements threatening his life”. hidden power,powerful elements
    & Foreign Media (not from extremism, terrorsim ).
    Scotland Yard called into lead investigation . Dr. Imran ‘s murder possible motive is
    Political. Detectives believed the murder was a “Political Assassination” .(not target Killing).
    It could be result internal strif.
    Sources said Police investigating MQM leaders & Former President Perves Musharaf
    (Dr Imran was planing to join his new party)

    Dur MuhammedRecommend

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