MQM-linked man arrested in Imran Farooq murder case | Pakistan Today

MQM-linked man arrested in Imran Farooq murder case

In a significant breakthrough in the Dr Imran Farooq murder case, the British police’s Counter-Terrorism Unit has arrested a 52-year-old man believed to be a British of Pakistani origin and closely linked with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday.

The man, who has not been officially named, was arrested as he landed at Heathrow Airport from Canada. He was taken to a West London police station on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Farooq, co-founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), in September 2010.

“Counter Terrorism officers investigating the murder of Imran Farooq have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder,” the Metropolitan Police in London said.

“Officers arrested the 52-year-old man at Heathrow Airport at approx 1010hrs (BST) this morning after landing at the airport on a flight from Canada,” the police statement added.


Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that the arrested suspect was identified as Iftikhar Hussain, and he is reported to be closely related to the senior MQM leadership. Startling revelations are expected when the British police interrogate the suspect, the sources added.

The British police have meanwhile decided to expand the investigation and a team of special counter terrorism officials is scheduled to leave for South Africa to further probe the events leading to Farooq’s murder.

Meanwhile, reports pouring in from London said that the British police had placed the names of five Pakistanis on the Exit Control List and they had been forbidden from leaving the country.

A private TV channel reported that the British police had also decided to question “a leading politician based in London” in connection with the murder probe.


Farooq, 50, was on his way home from work when he was attacked outside his home at Green Lane in north London’s Edgware area on September 16, 2010.

A post-mortem gave his cause of death as 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.

Farooq had been living in London in self-imposed exile since 1999 after fleeing Pakistan during a deadly military operation. After his death, party members said he had fallen out with the leadership but had been planning to relaunch his political career.

“Detectives from the Met police counter-terrorism command remain committed to finding those responsible. They believe his murder would have required careful planning and would have required help from other people, some of whom may have provided assistance or information unwittingly,” the Met Police said in its statement.

A reward of up to 20,000 pounds has been offered for anyone providing information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of those responsible for the politician’s murder.

“We understand that people may have concerns in speaking to the police and would like to offer reassurance that information will be dealt with sensitively,” the Met has said.

Last week, Met police officers had searched two residential properties in London as part of their investigation into the murder.

Television reports said they carried out a 55-hour search at two north-west London addresses and confiscated several documents.

Pakistan Today had earlier learnt on good authority that one of the residences searched was registered in the name of MQM founder Altaf Hussain. Senior MQM leader Raza Haroon, who has previously served as a provincial minister in the Sindh government, was reportedly interrogated for nearly five hours during the raid.

Repeated attempts were made to contact the MQM’s media spokesperson and member Coordination Committee, Engineer Nasir Jamil but the calls went unanswered.

Pakistan Today also attempted to contact MQM’s senior leaders Haider Abbas Rizvi and Faisal Sabzwari but their phones remained unattended.

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    • Goodsense said:

      Anybody who is benefiting from MQM's criminal activities, murders, bhatta khori, loot maar and all the stuff this party is famous for in Karachi would naturally love MQM.

  1. reasonlight said:

    Metropolitan Police in London said. "Officers arrested the 52-year-old man at Heathrow Airport at approx 1010hrs (BST) this morning after landing at the airport on a flight from Canada," . How was he 'MQM-linked man'? The Metropolitan city did not say this.

    Fear God.

    • Arif said:

      The sun rises from the east. How is this possible? The sun did not say this.

    • Faheem said:

      Iftikhaar Hussain is the nephew of Altaf Hussain, Grow up and see the world you baby.

      • khan said:

        tujhay to saray rishtay pata hain…..? lugta hay sari conspiracy taree he hay.

  2. muslim said:

    خرد کا نام جنوں رکھ لیا جنوں کا خرد
    جو چاھے آپ کی حسن کرشمہ ساز کرے
    ایسٹ اندیا کمپنی مسلامانوں اور ھندون کو لڑانے میں کبھی مسجد میں گوشت کا ٹکڑا ہھینکھتی تھی کبھی مندر میں اس طرح ھی آج بھی کوئی منصوبہ ھی ھوسکتا ھے حقیقت نھی ھو سکتی
    ورنہ یہ گرفتاری تو اس وقت بھی ھو سکتی تھی جب وہ شخص لندن مین تھا اس کیلئے 3 سال انتظار حیرت انگیز ھے؟؟؟
    its unbleaveable and mannaged new drama by met pol london

    • Goodsense said:

      That is Metropolitan police not MQM. They will not do anything which they cannot prove in the court. Only MQM can do things, even murders at whims and without any fear of accountability or even fear of God.

  3. FAheem said:

    why Pakistan Today is afraid of taking the name of Altaf Hussain as the relative of Iftikhar Husain, I think media is Free or its coward.

    • Fizzo said:

      They gotta go home from work too rt Faheem? Or else they will pack Pakistan today members in bori one by one. Get that fat guy in your custod. No doubt Westerns and Americans federal agencies are loyal and look at ours. What happened to Sialkot incident in Ramadan few years back?

  4. Hasan said:

    No other News Paper/Channel, neither did Metropolitan Police called it an MQM linked man. But Pakistan today; formulated & jump to conclusion. So much for free & fair Journalism. I guess we can prepare for funeral of Honesty

    • Fizzo said:

      The dislikes on your filthy comment shows how much people love your party and you?

  5. Faisal Kalim via Fac said:

    Muhammad Yasir This might be of your interest 🙂

  6. Roy said:

    Welcome Pakistan Today. At least you guys have courage to say that the person is "linked" with MQM. Other media outlets didn't have that courage.

  7. khan said:

    All stupidity, there is no connection between this person and Altaf Hussain.

  8. Baloo said:

    MQM isa fascist terrorist organisation, which profits from crime, kidnapping, extortion, kidnapping and target killings. It took money from Somalian pirates, who sea jacked Pakistani sailors and if anybody does not believe it, just go to You Tube and watch the video report by the Malaysian owner of the ship that was sea jacked.

  9. Aisha Khan said:


  10. zubair said:

    MQM are group of terrorist people. The farooq sattar murder suspect can easily be identified if someone search the Governor house Sindh.

  11. zubair said:

    The target killer of Karachi are controlled from Governor house. Believe it .If not then take the record of phone call of Governor house and match the record of the people call who caught by the Sindh police. You will find the fact & figure.

  12. Tahir said:

    If you want to see Pakistan prosper and develop country you have to eliminate MQM from Karachi. They held Karachi so long. Look at their political track record. They have been in government from very begining. Their leaders are living in most expensive areas of london. From where they are getting money?

    A clean sweep operation in Karachi is the need of the time.

  13. corruptgovt said:

    InshaAllah Altaf bhai will finally be brought to justice for the murder of the hundreds of innocents. This will bring such a relief & peace to our dearest city of Karachi.

  14. Sajid said:

    Hold your horses guys. A.H is such a great "Actor" of this century. Let him finish his character in a dramatic way. Just pray and see. Justice will prevail. Inshah Allah!

  15. Mohammad Akramet u said:

    At last British Police got hold of a man who could be a best lead and will assist to reach to the murderer or all those were involved in this killing. Let us see what transpires

  16. asif said:

    MQM really killed mr imran.
    Bcause normally they killed them who try to escape from bloody party.

  17. Gohar said:

    The end of MQM is near. They are a terrorist mafia that need to be finished once and for all. All people supporting and/or working for this terrorist group need to be arrested and exposed. The countless innocent civilians they have killed and their respective families need closure!

  18. farooq said:

    Sooner or later killers and behind killer will be revealed,INSHA ALLAH,and the world will be surprised

  19. adnan said:

    justice may be blind but it can see in the dark . insaan takat k nashey main he ghalti karta hey aisey he jaisey altaf hussain ne ki

  20. IQBAL said:

    When are they going to arrest the main culprit Altaf Hussain .

  21. tariqkazmi said:

    1 insaan ko qatal karna pori inssaniyat ko qatl karnay k motradaf hai.. YA ALLAH Qatilon ko apni gerft laiN.. jo jo masoom insanoon ko qatal kar r ahay jo master mind hai ya jo jo qatal wa garat gari main Mallawas hain ,, ay merya rab in ko Falij k mozi maraz ya cancer jaisay Bemaari main Mobtala kar day aur tarap tarap kar mara jain ,, is khoobsorat sar zameen ko in Shar pasandoon aur Nasooroon say Pak karday khwa sahib e iqtadar main say hoon ya na hoon. Ameen

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