Imran Farooq murdered for planning to set up new party: Scotland Yard
17 September, 2013
LONDON: The Metropolitan Police Service London (MPS), also known as Scotland Yard, said that MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq was about to launch a new political party before his killing and this remains a key line of inquiry in the investigation.
Police know that in July 2010, Dr Farooq set up a Facebook profile and amassed a large number of contacts through this social network. "However, we retain an open mind as to his murder," police said.
It is thought that his murder would have required careful planning and help from other people, some of whom may have provided assistance or information unwittingly.
Scotland Yard issued a fresh appeal for assistance in the investigation on Monday.
On the third death anniversary of the MQM leader, police appealed again to people to come forward with any information that may lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those involved in the murder and offered a reward of up to £20,000 in this regard.
Dr Farooq was on his way home from work when he was attacked outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware, London, shortly before 17:30hrs on Thursday September 16, 2010.
Dr Farooq, 50, died as a result of 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.
Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), who are investigating his murder, said they are committed to finding those responsible. To date they have spoken to 4,076 people, reviewed 6,350 documents and followed up 2,114 lines of inquiry in order to bring his killers to justice.
Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Khalid Maqbool said on Monday that the slain party leader, Imran Farooq, was loyal to the party.
Talking to the media in Karachi, Maqbool said that he hoped Farooq and his family would be given justice. "Whatever is being said against MQM is not verifiable enough to be presented as news," he said, adding that he hoped facts would come forward.
MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that people had been weaving tales of MQM's involvement with Imran Farooq's murder but to no avail. "From Pakistan to Britain, people have been trying to frame MQM for Imran Farooq's murder but MQM's involvement in the killing is only a figment of someone's imagination," he said while talking to the media in Karachi.