Pakistan will not handover Imran Farooq murder suspects to UK govt: Nisar

Published: April 15, 2015
Chaudhry Nisar. PHOTO: FILE

Chaudhry Nisar. PHOTO: FILE

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.

Read: Key suspect in Imran Farooq murder case detained for 90 days

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.”

Read: Money-laundering case: After five-hour grilling, Altaf gets extension in bail

“It was reported I briefed him. However,  I did not brief him nor will I brief any other ambassador.”

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“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.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • WhyNot
    Apr 15, 2015 - 2:16PM

    Why not? If Pak government is so sincere in catching the culprits behind Imran Farooq murder then why not amend the law to catch the real culprits.Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Apr 15, 2015 - 4:20PM

    Chaudhry sahib has a soft corner for mian Altaf.Recommend

    Apr 15, 2015 - 8:16PM

    i smell some thing…just political and harassment came… Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Apr 15, 2015 - 10:04PM

    Did it ever occur to any one that the elite of Pakistan always take refuge in London with their looted wealth from Pakistan and if they agree to transfer criminals to London then London will be obligated to transfer Pakistani criminals to Pakistan. A murder has taken place in London and Pakistan should hand over the accused and if they are innocent, the Brits will let them go free and may even let them stay in their country. Recommend

  • mrs ahmed
    Apr 15, 2015 - 10:31PM

    i think there are no suspects also moazam ali allegedly facilitator of Dr Imran Farooq murderer was nicely sleepin in his home in an area infested with rangers n other LEA, plz give us a break pakistanis r not that naive .
    I have a firm belief that agencies murderd Dr shb like Azim Tariq .God forbid even if MQM commisioned this murder they are not follish to do it near their door step , such crimes commited at forien lands are always hall mark of agencies not just ours all agencies do that ,
    All rest assured nothing will happen this is just media trial also if Altaaf Hussain exonerated then it is useless for PMLn and establishment .Recommend

  • cautious
    Apr 16, 2015 - 12:20AM

    You don’t need an extradition treaty to send a bad guy to the UK – you sure didn’t need one to send bad guys to Guantanamo. Pakistan won’t negotiate extradition treaties with UK or USA because they know both countries would immediately request extradition of some of your favorite “strategic assets” – that doesn’t mean you should hold onto ever bad guy.Recommend

  • jamal
    Apr 16, 2015 - 12:32AM


    Absolutely, Why not, i smell something fishy. Since when has he become so sincere to MQM.Recommend

  • Jalil
    Apr 16, 2015 - 12:34AM


    Absolutely right Who is he protecting, and since when has he become so sincere to MQM or there is more to itRecommend

  • Bilal khan
    Apr 16, 2015 - 3:00AM

    Pakistan does not has an extradition treaty with UK sums it up. Pakistan needs BLA leaders hiding in UK – Recommend

  • Pushtun Voice
    Apr 16, 2015 - 5:00AM

    because they will use the murder suspect as bait against MQM to make them compliant to their needs….Recommend

  • John
    Apr 16, 2015 - 7:18AM

    @mrs ahmed:
    If agencies murdered Dr Imran Farooque, why is the Crown Prosecution Department investigating a money launderer, racketeer and a British citizen named Altaf Hussain? And in case you missed the update while you were in your slumber, the Met police reported that he was murdered because he wanted to start his own political party, so what in the world are you talking about? And btw what happened to Mustafa Kamal, why is that poor man not able to come back from Dubai and remember Faisal Sabzwari, the poor guys membership was cancelled only because he did not show up at a verbal diorhea event organized by Altaf hussain!
    Maam, Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion but not their own facts ,either prove what you are saying or cut the crapRecommend

  • Ashraf
    Apr 16, 2015 - 8:47AM

    He wont be handed over because these cooked-up cases will be exposed in the UK.Recommend

  • waleed fakhar
    Apr 16, 2015 - 2:18PM

    Murder of Dr, imran farooq has been committed by agencies of pakistan,this can merely be the work of agencies….because no body can dare to do so.Recommend

    Apr 16, 2015 - 6:32PM

    before the PTI fans were bickering that chaudhry nisar action MQM is great and well deserved and now since this news that he is not going to hand the suspect to UK he has become favourable to MQM

    why do PTI fans always keep changing their minds and get confused, is this naya pakistan or change imran talked about?Recommend

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