Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Friday decided to approach a local court seeking arrest warrants for MQM chief Altaf Hussain along with others including Muhammad Anwar, Kashif Khan Kamran and Iftikhar Hussain in Imran Farooq murder case.

The arrest warrants will be sent to United Kingdom through Interpol and the British authorities will be requested to hand over the suspects to Pakistan, the sources told privy to information told Daily Pakistan Global. If UK authorities refused cooperation the Interpol will be approached for issuance of red warrant for the MQM leaders.

The move comes after two assassins, Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim, confessed to killing Dr Imran Farooq on the directions of Muhammad Anwar in London. Both suspects recorded confessional statements with a magistrate in Islamabad.

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Now the statements have a legal status and can be used against other co-accused which also includes MQM chief Altaf Hussain along with Muhammad Anwar, Iftikhar Hussain and Kashif Khan Kamran.

The case was filed by Federal Investigation Authority’s (FIA) counter-terrorism wing in Islamabad under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Dr Farooq, a prominent member of the MQM was murdered in 2010 outside his residence in London as a result of multiple stabs and a blow to his head.

The former MQM leader was twice elected an MP in Pakistan, but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against party activists in Karachi. He later claimed asylum in Britain in 1999.

In September, MQM’s Mohsin Ali confessed to Scotland Yard investigators of being involved in the brutal murder of Dr Imran Farooq, the MQM’s founding leader, in London.

A three-member investigation team, comprising Scotland Yard’s senior officers, met Mohsin Ali – the prime suspect in Imran Farooq murder case – and conducted his interview.