Imran Farooq murder case: Accused handed over to FIA on remand

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A local court on Sunday handed over three accused in the Imran Farooq assassination case to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on physical remand.

According to media reports, the accused, Moazzam Ali, Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim, were produced before the court amid tight security.

On Saturday, the FIA registered a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain and other party leaders in connection with the murder of former MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq in London.

Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan had stated that the federal government had decided to lodge a first information report (FIR) in the murder case in Pakistan.

He had said that Imran Farooq was a Pakistani national and that was why Pakistan extended full cooperation to Britain in investigation of the case and shared all information.

Dr Farooq, a senior leader of the MQM, was murdered outside his home in London in 2010. Two of the nominated suspects — Syed Mohsin Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran — are said to have acquired British visa on the basis of their admission to the London Academy of Management Sciences in East London.

The whereabouts of Kashif are not known and there are rumours that he is not alive. Khalid Shamim is accused of being a part of the murder plot and investigations suggest that he had met Mohsin and Kashif and arranged their meeting with Moazzam.