FIA to gather evidence of Imran Farooq murder case from UK


RAWALPINDI: In a major development, investigators of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday got approval to collect more evidence from London in the murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted permission for this while hearing the case and instructed the agency to gather evidence by March 20.

“Evidence regarding the main accused Muazzam Ali, Mohsin Ali and Kahlid Shamim will be presented before the court soon,” FIA officials said during the hearing.

The agency maintained that officials were also in contact with the British government to obtain specific evidence.

Dr Farooq, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death near his apartment in London in September 2010.

On December 5, 2015, the FIA registered a case against the MQM chief and other party leaders for their alleged involvement in the murder.

Dr Farooq, inactive in politics for about two years then, had claimed asylum in Britain after more than seven years on the run from police in Pakistan who had accused him of involvement in murders and other serious crimes. He had denied the charges.