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MQM awaits UK police final report on Imran Farooq murder

14 October, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leadership anxiously awaits the final report of the British police into the assassination of Dr. Imran Farooq before chalking out its future strategy.

Sources in the MQM said that the party leadership, including Quaid-e-Tehrik Altaf Hussain and the Coordination Committee awaited the findings of the Scotland Yard, as to who was behind the murder of senior Muttahida leader. They noted mystery still shrouded the tragic happening, and whatever was appearing in media on this count was based on speculations.

They pointed out that immediately after the report would be made public, Altaf Hussain would have a series of consultations with his close aides and then summon a meeting of the Coordination Committee to finalise his future strategy.

The MQM supremo continues to live in self-exile in Britain for about decade now and has British nationality. He has his party’s International Secretariat at Edgware in London. Presently, some proposals are under consideration, which include the shifting of MQM leader to possibly a neutral place such as Dubai some time this year. However, a lot depended on the British police findings, sources pointed out.

Dr. Imran Farooq, who was in London since 1999, living with his wife and two sons, was murdered outside his residence last month after he had sustained multiple stabs and head injuries.

Altaf Hussain had denounced the tragedy and described the killing of his childhood friend as the biggest shock of his life, who was an asset to the party. In a rare move, a few days after Dr. Imran’s assassination, the MQM founder had written to his party senior leaders and workers that international powers had killed his childhood friend and could also try to eliminate him.

“We are awaiting the British police findings into the murder of Dr. Imran Farooq. And that is all I have to say right now on this particular subject,” said Haider Abbas Rizvi, who is MQM Deputy Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly while talking to this correspondent here at the National Press Club.

Replying to a question about security of MQM leader Altaf Hussain, he said that their concerns about the Quaid-e-Tehreek had deepened following the last month’s tragedy in Green Lane, where Dr. Imran Farooq lived.

The MQM had already taken up the matter of security of Altaf Hussain with British government, when a member of the party’s Coordination Committee Saleem Shahzad met Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last week, the party sources noted.

Moreover, they added, the British Deputy Premier was apprised of Muttahida’s political philosophy and how valuable services Dr. Imran Farooq had rendered to promotion of democracy in Pakistan from the party’s platform.


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