Islamabad (December 06, 2017): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for MQM’s founder in the Imran Farooq murder case.
According to the details, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder during a hearing of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case in Adiala Jail on Wednesday.’
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ATC judge Shahrukh Arjumand, who heard the case, ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to arrest and present Hussain in court, delaying the indictment of the arrested suspects — Syed Mohsin Ali, Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim — who are being held in Adiala Jail.
The hearing was adjourned until December 20 after the FIA prosecutor requested the court for time to prepare necessary documents.
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Earlier, the ATC issued permanent arrest warrants for the suspects in the murder case.
The warrants were issued against Iftikhar Hussain, Mohammad Anwar and Kashif Kamran. Their arrest warrants were received by the FIA anti-terrorism wing.
Scotland Yard had named former All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (APMSO) activists Mohsin and Kashif as the suspects who assassinated Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq outside his home in September 2010 in London.
A key suspect in the murder case claims the London-based party founder gave him directions to assassinate Farooq in a telephonic speech to workers in Karachi.
The shocking revelation was made in a confessional statement to a magistrate by Khalid Shamim, one of the key suspects in the investigation of Farooq’s murder in Edgeware in 2010.Shamim is believed by investigators to have planned the assassination and provided material support to the killers. Shamim claims he regrets his actions and has not made the confession under any form of duress.
In the statement, Shamim said that after suspending party membership of Dr Farooq, the MQM founder said during a telephonic speech that he “could be assassinated near a park”.
The suspect in the statement quoted Anwar saying that Imran Farooq was establishing another group in the party and it was necessary to stop him.
He claimed that September 16 was chosen for Farooq’s assassination to present a ‘gift’ to the party’s founder on September 17, his birthday.
‘All planning took place at Nine-Zero’
Shamim said that he, along with other suspects of the case Moazzam and Kashif, planned the murder.He claimed that all the planning took place in MQM’s headquarter Nine-Zero. However, funding was an issue.
Shamim said that the MQM founder sent 25,000 pounds through his nephew Iftikhar Hussain.
The suspect said that they were introduced to Mohsin Ali, another suspect in the case, who agreed to go to London and provide aid for the murder.
Shamim further said that he and Mohsin were arrested from Chaman border when crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2015.
Farooq, aged 50, was on his way home from work when he was attacked in Green Lane on September 16, 2010, outside his London home. A post-mortem examination had revealed that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head.A five-and-a-half inch bladed kitchen knife and a house brick used in the attack were recovered at the scene, London police had said in the report.
FIA had registered a case against the MQM founder and other senior party leaders in 2015 for their alleged involvement in Farooq’s murder. Mohsin, Moazzam and Shamim were arrested in the same year over suspicion of involvement in the killing.
Relevant clauses of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the clauses of conspiracy, assistance, abatement and assassination/murder were included in the first information report.
Farooq, 50, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on September 16, 2010.