Two accused in Dr Imran Farooq murder case held in Chaman

CHAMAN: The Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan claimed to have arrested two accused in Dr Imran Farooq murder case from Pak-Afghan boarder here on Thursday.

According to a spokesman for FC, the paramilitary force, while patrolling, arrested two suspects when they were entering Pakistani territory from Afghan side of the border. The suspects were identified as Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali.

During interrogation, Khalid and Mohsin revealed that they hail from Karachi and have affiliation with a political party.

The spokesman went on to say that further investigation was underway and FC has decided to handover the accused to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further interrogation.

MQM distances itself from arrested

Meanwhile, the MQM distances itself from Khalid Shamim, Mohsin Ali saying the two have nothing to with the party.

A statement issued by the Rabita Committee in Karachi said that claims have been made regarding arrest of the two mentioned for the last four years. But, today their arrest has been made public, they added.

Dr Farooq, a prominent member of the MQM was murdered in 2010 outside his house in London as a result of multiple stabs and a blow to his head.

The Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard have said in the past that they were in contact with the Pakistani authorities over the interrogation of the two suspects, allegedly in Pakistan’s custody.

The two Pakistani nationals were identified as 29-year-old Mohsin Ali Syed and 34-year-old Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran by the British detectives last year.

British police had also made two arrests in connection with the killing but both suspects were later freed on bail in the United Kingdom. They believe that Dr Farooq was under surveillance in the days and weeks before his murder.

Dr Imran Farooq was twice elected an MP in Pakistan, but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against party activists in Karachi. He later claimed asylum in Britain in 1999.