LONDON: British detectives investigating the 2010 murder of politician Imran Farooq in London named two men Tuesday they want to trace in connection with the killing.
Farooq, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London on September 16, 2010. The two men police want to trace are both Pakistani nationals who left Britain in the hours after the murder, Scotland Yard police headquarters said in a statement.
Detectives said they are looking for 29-year-old Moshin Ali Syed, who was in Britain from February 2010. They also want to speak to Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran, 34, who was in Britain from early September 2010.
The two men lived in Stanmore, a suburb neighbouring Edgware, prior to the murder, police said. “The men are known to have registered to study at a college in east London having entered the UK on student visas,” the statement said. They said they had pieced together a ‘significant picture’ of the men’s movements in Pakistan and London, but wanted more information about their whereabouts in the days immediately prior to the murder, and on their travel out of Britain in the hours afterwards. “The two men are believed to be in Pakistan at this time and officers continue to liaise with Pakistani authorities. We are appealing to anyone who has not yet come forward but knew either of the men to contact the investigation team.”
Scotland Yard also released images of the two men. Faisal Sabzwari, a senior MQM leader, insisted they knew nothing of Syed or Kamran. “We don’t know about the existence of those two men whose pictures have been released,” Sabzwari told AFP. “They are not members of the MQM or any of its affiliate groups.”
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