Extradition of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, others to Pakistan unlikely


ISLAMABAD: The British government has offered conditional extradition of three main accused in the murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq, including MQM Founder Altaf Hussain, according to a media report.

The report stated that Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had given a dossier to a delegation of the UK Home Department visiting Pakistan last year in which Pakistan had demanded extradition of the three main culprits of Imran Farooq murder case.

The report said in reply to the dossier, the UK Home Department sought written guarantee from Pakistan that it would not execute the accused.

The report said that formal negotiations would start in next few weeks between the two countries in light of the UK condition.

On the other hand, the government has started legal consultations on the UK’s conditional offer of handing over the three main accused — MQM founder Altaf Hussain, Muhammad Anwar and Iftikhar Hussain to Pakistan.

Ministry of Law officials said that since Pakistan executes those handed the death sentence, the government was not in a position to give any written assurance to the British authorities since the matter falls in the domain of the trial court.

It is to be mentioned that the Imran Farooq murder case is being heard in an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad and the FIR was registered in the FIA Counter Terrorism Wing, Islamabad.

Three accused Moazzam Ali, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin are in judicial custody at Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.