Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said on Wednesday that Pakistan would cooperate as much as it could with the United Kingdom in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case.
“We will coordinate and cooperate with Britain as much as we can,” Nisar said, briefing the media regarding his meeting with British High Commissioner Philip Barton on Tuesday.
However, the interior minister said the government would not handover any suspect to the UK government. “As far as handing over a suspect to Britain is concerned, I clarified to the high commissioner that we don’t not have an extradition treaty with them,” he said.
Further, he also clarified that his meeting with Barton was “pre-planned” and “purely coincidental” that it fell on a day when the MQM chief’s bail expired.
“My meeting was not related to Altaf Hussain’s detention.”
“It was reported I briefed him. However, I did not brief him nor will I brief any other ambassador.”
“I did not provide him any documents as that are beyond the scope of my duties,” he added.
Further, Nisar said he discussed multiple matters with Barton, including Altaf’s money laundering case.
Responding to a question whether the suspect arrested in Karachi for alleged involvement in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder, Nisar said, “I never said he was the prime suspect, I said he was the central character.”
“Moazzam Ali played a key role in facilitating the murder, securing a UK visa is not easy and he arranged it for the two suspected killers of the MQM leader,” Nisar further said.