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Imran Farooq murder: UK wants 2 suspects from Pakistan

31 January, 2014

LAHORE: British prosecutors have asked Pakistan to trace two suspects believed to have been involved in the 2010 murder of Imran Farooq, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), BBC has reported.

Documents obtained by BBC Newsnight name the suspects as Mohsin Ali Syed and Mohammed Kashif Khan Kamran. They are believed to be in Pakistan's custody but not under formal arrest. The investigation into Farooq's murder has seen more than 4,000 people interviewed, but so far the only person arrested in the case has been Iftikhar Hussain, the nephew of MQM's London-based leader Altaf Hussain.

According to the BBC report, Mohsin Ali Syed, in his late 20s, arrived in the UK in February 2010. He moved between a number of London addresses, including bedsits in Tooting, in south London, and Whitchurch Lane, in Edgware. Mohammed Kashif Khan Kamran arrived in the UK in early September 2010. Phone records indicate the two moved around together and it is believed they kept Farooq under surveillance.

Records show that both men left the UK on September 16, 2010, a few hours after the murder had happened, and flew to Sri Lanka, and then on to Karachi on September 19. According to immigration officials in Pakistan, security officials picked them up on the tarmac before they left Karachi airport. Pakistani security sources deny that the men were picked up as a result of a British tip-off.

Documents lodged with the Sindh High Court refer to another man, Khalid Shamim, who is believed to have helped the two suspects return to Pakistan. His wife has started legal proceedings in the court in an attempt to trace his whereabouts. The British authorities are currently running three investigations into the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Firstly they are assessing whether Altaf Hussain's speeches amount to incitement to violence. There is also a substantial UK investigation into possible money laundering. Two men were arrested in December and have been bailed.

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