Funeral prayers held for MQM’s Imran Farooq

Published: November 5, 2010
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Altaf Hussain and Imran Farooq’s father embrace after prayers. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Altaf Hussain and Imran Farooq’s father embrace after prayers. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Funeral prayers for slain Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) convener Dr Imran Farooq were offered at a mosque in a London suburb on Thursday.

Dr Farooq was stabbed to death earlier on the eve of the birthday of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, September 16.

After the ceremony in London, his remains were kept at a mortuary in the West Hendon Islamic Centre. The body will be flown from London to Karachi at 9pm UK time on Friday night.

A second funeral ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Azizabad’s Jinnah Ground in Karachi. Preparations for burial at Yasinabad graveyard have been completed. A large number of MQM activists from all over the city and Hyderabad are expected to attend the event.

Strict security arrangements have been made for the ceremony in Karachi and law-enforcement authorities were drawing up plans to counter any possible threats. At the time of the filing of this report, Interior Minister Rehman Malik was in a late-night meeting with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad to finalise security plans specifically drawn up by the Capital City Police Officer Fayyaz Leghari. Police and Rangers personnel are already in a state of high alert due to the presence of President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi, who is expected to stay here till Sunday.

According to a press release issued by the Nine-Zero, the MQM headquarters in Karachi, a large number of party leaders, including the chief Altaf Hussain, deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar, Tariq Jawed, Salim Shahzad, Anis Advocate, Muhammad Anwer, Syed Tariq Mir, Raza Haroon, Mustafa Kamal, Wasay Jalil, Mustafa Azizabadi, Qasim Ali Raza, Asif Siddiqui and Haider Abbas Rizvi attended the London ceremony. All of them, excluding the MQM chief, would accompany the body to its final resting place in Karachi.

Family members of the slain leader, including his father Farooq Ahmed, two brothers-in-law, widow, sons, mother and sisters were also present on the occasion.

UK High Commissioner for Pakistan Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Deputy High Commissioner Asif Ali Durrani, comedian Omar Sharif and social worker Ansar Burney also attended the ceremony.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 5th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Nov 5, 2010 - 12:23PM

    People of Khi gear up as more innocents lives are about to go underground. May Allah have mercy on Khi. Karachiites please take care of yourself and loved ones.Recommend

  • Nov 5, 2010 - 1:55PM

    @Rizwan Khan. Unfair remark. When Benazir was murdered and an unending tale of loot, arson, killing, violence started it was called public reaction.

    It is only the blood of MQM leaders and workers does not have any importance for people like Rizwan Khan.Recommend

  • Peeonu
    Nov 5, 2010 - 3:40PM

    There is a very simple solution to all this.
    A helicopter should fly the body from Karachi airport to Yasinabad graveyard and the funeral prayers can take place there.

    But………….the MQM wants to telecast the massive strength and influence that the party commands in Karachi, so they want to stage this high profile drama.

    The public of Karachi will suffer all the inconvenience due to blocked roads and terror threats and the whole affair will cost millions to be paid by none other but the poor citizens of Pakistan.

    And, needless to add the government cannot do zilch about itRecommend

  • Danish
    Nov 5, 2010 - 4:58PM

    Its not a high profile drama for those who do not understand and feel the emotions,association attached to it , please do not write and make it a heated up discussion , its a funeral … atleast respect it. thanks Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Nov 5, 2010 - 7:05PM

    Yes, and dare you not say anything about this funeral because this is the funeral of a MQM leader. What the hell? Do we want Karachi to stop functioning so that MQM can do its drama and play politics with a dead body. Very unbecoming of a real political party!!!Recommend

  • Nov 6, 2010 - 4:58PM

    After Liaquat Ali Khan this was the second peaceful and organized funeral held in Karachi. Entire Karachi decided to show solidarity with Shaheed e Inquiliaab.

    MQM has yet again proved themselves the most educated and organized political party of Pakistan which smoothly managed the millions of people attend the funeral. We never witness such discipline in any political party of Pakistan. Recommend

  • kashif khan kashif amjad khan
    Nov 7, 2010 - 9:57AM

    umet b kashib bhai Recommend

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