British investigators begin work in Imran Farooq murder case

Team may record statements of MQM leaders in Karachi if govt allows them to do so, says senior FIA official


Zahid Gishkori June 29, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A two-member team of the Scotland Yard has begun quizzing suspects in MQM convener Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case in Islamabad on Monday.

The team is scheduled to quiz the main accused Moazzam Ali Khan today. The team will also meet various officials from Islamabad and Karachi who have been engaged in the case.

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Farooq was bludgeoned and stabbed to death near his home in Edgware, North London, on September 16, 2010 as he was returning home after finishing work at a local pharmacy. Last week, Islamabad decided to allow British investigators access to three suspects in the case in the custody of its agencies.

Earlier, a senior official of the Federal Investigation told The Express Tribune, “The team may also wish to record statements of some MQM leaders in Karachi but it is up to the government whether or not to allow the team to do so.”

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He said a three-member FIA team, headed by an additional director general, is likely to assist intelligence officials who will arrange a meeting of the British investigators with the suspects this week, he added.

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“It’s a reciprocal approach. Our team may travel to the UK to collect evidence pertaining to BBC’s damning report on Indian funding to the MQM,” said another senior FIA official, who did not wish to be named.

A third FIA official said the team would complete its investigation in two to three rounds and carry out interrogation under tight security. “A special team of the Islamabad police is assisting the intelligence officials deputed for their security. In the second round, British investigators will question two more suspects, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali Syed, who are being transferred from Quetta to Islamabad today,” he said.

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Earlier this month, the Frontier Corps arrested two of the accused in Imran Farooq’s murder from the Pakistan, Afghanistan border town of Chaman.

COMMENTS (2)

Naeem Khan | 6 years ago | Reply Scotland yard is like Rottweiler dogs when they get hold of you, they won't let go. They will find the murderers and their handlers , there is no doubt about. It may take some time but truth will come out in the end.
Mast | 6 years ago | Reply If justice is not served this time, Scotland Yard is screwed!
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