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Imran Farooq's 'killers' wanted to murder arrested accused

27 August, 2011

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KARACHI: The name of one of the two suspects arrested from Karachi Airport in the Imran Farooq killing case is Khalid Shamim. The accused had been arrested on arrival at the Karachi Airport from Sri Lanka following leads provided by the British government to the sensitive agencies of Pakistan.

On indication of the accused, an activist of a political party, Fahim Siddiqui, was also arrested from Karachi. The accused have been shifted to an unknown location for interrogation. Some sources said that the accused have been shifted to Islamabad but this could not be confirmed from the relevant sources.

An officer of the Interior Ministry disclosed that the British government had mounted pressure on Pakistan to hand over the accused. They have taken the plea that the murder was committed on the soil of the UK, a case into the incident was registered there and is being heard by a British court. They say that neither any case is registered against the accused in Pakistan nor other legal proceedings have been initiated, so the accused be handed over to them for bringing them to justice.

It may be recalled that the accused were arrested on arrival at the Karachi Airport from Sri Lanka on the request of the British government to the sensitive agencies.

The Pakistan government was also asked to constitute a joint interrogation team comprising personnel of all investigation and intelligence agencies. However, no directions for formation of such a team were issued till Friday night.

Investigators of the sensitive agencies claim that the accused have made sensational revelations about the case and provided some new leads into the killing. The sensitive information gleaned from the accused is though being shared with the British police and MI-5 but they refused to divulge its details to the press.

The investigators told our sources that they were informed by a foreign intelligence service that the accused would be killed immediately after arrival in Pakistan and for that purpose they were called to Karachi.

The accused are believed to have been involved in planning the assassination of Imran Farooq in London. They hold very sensitive information about the killing and in order to avoid its disclosure, those behind the murder of Imran Farooq had decided to eliminate them.

The London police had intercepted some telephone calls and unearthed the plot. In order to foil the plan of those behind the killing, the accused were arrested from the airport.

One of the senior officers of the probe team disclosed to our sources that some government personalities were taking keen interest in the investigation and the information gleaned from the accused.

It may be recalled that the former MQM leader was assassinated in a knife attack on the stairs of his home in London on September 17, 2010 when he was returning from his store.

The Scotland Yard police, investigating the case, had taken a Pakistani into custody in London who later succeeded in obtaining bail from the court. Thus the police were not able to get the desired information from the accused.

However, after grilling of the accused, the police were of the view that the elements who killed Imran Farooq had fled to South Africa. However, no details were divulged about the killers.

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