UK police arrest suspect in Imran Farooq’s murder case

30-year-old man said to be a British national of Pakistani origin

LONDON - The London Metropolitan police on Wednesday said it has arrested a 30-year-old suspect in connection with the murder of Dr Imran Farooq, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The suspect was arrested during a raid conducted by counter terrorism force at one of the houses in Waltham Forest on Wednesday morning. "A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Imran Farooq’s murder case from the Waltham Forest area in London," a spokesperson for the London Metropolitan Police said.

Media reports quoting Scotland Yard said that the suspect was said to be a British national of Pakistani-origin belonging to a political party. Currently, the suspect is in detention at the Central London Police Station. This follows the arrest in June last year of a 52-year-old man, who had flown in to Heathrow from Canada, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The 52-year-old man is now on police bail until October. Earlier in May, British detectives had released photographs of two suspects they wanted to trace in connection with Farooq's killing. The two Pakistani nationals were identified as 29-year-old Mohsin Ali Syed and 34-year-old Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran.

London police believed that Farooq was attacked by two men who had been seen near his house at various times. The former MQM leader died from stab wounds and head injuries. A £20,000 reward is available for information leading to the prosecution of his killers.

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. He claimed asylum in Britain in 1999. He was wanted in Pakistan over scores of charges including torture and murder but always claimed accusations were politically motivated.



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