Scotland Yard to hand over body in seven days

Published: October 31, 2010
Investigation team raids the store partly owned by Dr Farooq on Friday

Investigation team raids the store partly owned by Dr Farooq on Friday

LONDON: The investigation team in London has decided to hand over Dr Imran Farooq’s body to his parents, Express News learnt on Saturday.

The process will take around six to seven days, sources said. It is also believed that British authorities may conduct another post-mortem before handing over the body.

On October 27, Dr Farooq’s parents, Farooq Ahmed and Raeesa Begum, left Karachi for London where they met the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain upon arrival.

Later, the parents met a team of the Scotland Yard along with Dr Farooq’s wife, Shumaila Imran. They also made a special request to the investigation team to hand over the body as soon as possible so that they can take it back to Pakistan for burial.

The MQM Secretariat in London has also been notified of this development, sources said.

A namaz-e-janaza will be arranged for the slain MQM leader in the secretariat as well. After the funeral, the body will be taken to Pakistan for burial.

Dr Farooq was stabbed to death outside his apartment building in London on September 16. Since then, the Scotland Yard has been investigating the murder but they have yet to reach any conclusions.

Investigations are, however, going ahead since the team raided on Friday the store where Dr Farooq used to work. He was the part-owner of this store, which he bought in 2008. Sources said that Dr Farooq was trying to sell the store before his murder as he was going through financial troubles.

The investigators are, therefore, not ruling out the possibility that the murder may have resulted from a dispute between partners or over the sale of the store. So far, there have been no arrests in connection with the murder.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2010.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Oct 31, 2010 - 6:02PM

    His brutal murder was a message to Altaf Hussain on the eve of his birthday! How can a store dispute result in the assassination? This was a punishment for MQM for speaking up against the status quo of maintained in this country. Note the call for Martial-law like steps and the revolution to correct Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 2:25AM

    Even though I have acknowledged Mr. Hussain’s astuteness in guiding the Pakistani politics, I sometimes wonder why should only Karachiites sacrifice their lives to make a better Pakistan?

    That is, why put Karachiites to inordinate amounts of political tests when the rest of the country is whistling dixie and enjoying the fruits of democracy?Recommend

  • Syed
    Nov 1, 2010 - 7:54PM

    @ Liaqut Ali,
    Rightly said, and even after it, We the people of Karachi are labelled racists (Despite the fact that Karachi is best in Pakistan in terms of acceptance, after maybe only Islamabad), opportunists, gangsters, anti Pakistani, Indians , and what not!!

    Really my heart cries when I hear these things, I feel like banging my head against wall or the other person’s to whom I am talking to.Recommend

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