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A lead in Imran Farooq’s murder case?


The arrest of another suspect in connection with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Doctor Imran Farooq’s murder case appears to be the thin edge of the wedge, and hopefully, will be conducive to further decisive developments. The 30-year-old man, whose name has not been disclosed, was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police in northeast London, and after some preliminary questioning, was released on bail until November. Farooq was bludgeoned and stabbed to death outside his house in Edgware, London in 2010. The questioning of the new suspecy follows the arrest last year of Iftikhar Hussain (a nephew of Altaf Hussain), who is also on police bail till October. It is evident that the horizon of Imran Farooq’s murder case investigation is expanding as one of the reports earlier this year suggested that almost 4,000 people have been interviewed in this connection so far. Being one of the founding members of MQM and having served as its general secretary, Imran Farooq was the senior most leader second only to Altaf Hussain, the party chief. 
Following the Pashtun-Muhajir riots in 1984, All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) transmogrified into MQM to enter the political arena and ever since has been relying on muscle power and bellicose structures of urban violence to gain and maintain its influence over Karachi. By  the late 80s it had established itself as a militant political party and also managed to win some National Assembly seats. Imran Farooq was one of those elected members representing MQM. In 1992, on the directives of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the military led a targeted operation in Karachi to demolish the MQM’s torture cells and its coercive tactics that had held the city hostage. MQM chief Altaf Hussain, sensing the imminent operation, left the country and was awarded political asylum by the British government, and has been running his party since then by remote control. Farooq went in hiding and remained so until 1999 when Britain accepted asylum for him as well. Due to some ideological differences, he eventually fell out with Altaf Hussain, left the party and chose to withdraw from politics. After his murder, MQM, due to its violent political past, surfaced as the main suspect, though it denied any responsibility for the murder. Metropolitan police detectives, who are seeking two suspects in Pakistan, claim that Pakistani law enforcement agencies are not lending a hand to help solve this case. As the investigation is progressing, the net of suspicion is widening. Considering the perseverance of these investigators and their findings, it seems that the mystery of this murder will eventually be solved, its protracted unfolding notwithstanding.  *

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