Thursday Nov 10, 2016
A key suspect in the murder case of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq claims the party founder gave him directions to assassinate Farooq in a telephonic speech to workers in Karachi.
The shocking revelation was made in a confessional statement to a magistrate by Khalid Shamim, who is one of the key suspects in the investigation of Farooq's murder in Edgeware in 2010.
Shamim is believed by investigators to have planned the assassination and provided material support to the killers. Shamim claims he regrets his actions and has not made the confession under any form of duress.
'Assassination was birthday gift for Altaf'
In the statement, Shamim said that after suspending party membership of Dr Imran Farooq, MQM founder Altaf Hussain said during a telephonic speech that he "could be assassinated near a park",
A copy of the statement obtained by Geo News revealed that after the MQM founder’s speech, party leader Mohammad Anwar told him, “Listen to the speech carefully, the Quaid has left a message for you for the future”.
The suspect in the statement quoted Anwar saying that Imran Farooq was establishing another group in the party and it was necessary to stop him.
He claimed that September 16 was chosen for Farooq’s assassination to present a ‘gift’ to Altaf Hussain on September 17, which is the birthday of MQM founder.
'All planning took place at Nine-Zero'
Shamim said that he, along with other suspects of the case Moazzam Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran, planned the murder of Farooq.
He claimed that all the planning took place in MQM’s headquarter Nine-Zero. However, funding was an issue.
Shamim said that Altaf Hussain sent 25, 000 pounds through his nephew Iftikhar Hussain.
The suspect said that they were introduced to Mohsin Ali, another suspect in the case, who agreed to go to London and provide aid for the murder.
Shamim further said that He and Mohsin were arrested from Chaman border when crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2015.
Farooq, 50, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on September 16, 2010.
He was twice elected a Member of Parliament 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.