ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s positive response on UK’s official demand to trace and identify the two men suspected of assassination of Imran Farooq, faced reaction in term of strike call in Karachi.
According to the sources, After the visit of representatives of Scotland Yard and receiving a letter from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth office, Pakistan government assure them of their full cooperation.
Scotland yard representatives met with the high official of foreign and interior ministries during last week and briefed Pakistani offices about the developments in investigation of Dr. Imran Farooq case.
Sources claimed that Pakistani officials were unable to refuse as the representatives submitted enough evidences about the case.
In this week long activities, Pakistani officials assured the foreigners for their support regarding Farooq’s case.
According to the media reports leaders of MQM contacted with PML (N) government and informed about their reservations on the meeting between the ministries high officials and foreigners but the government completely ignored the worries of MQM.
After this development MQM made a sudden call of press conference and announced strike and Black day in Karachi. MQM claimed in press conference that their workers are being killed in extra judicial killing in Karachi.
A high official of interior ministry told Pakistan Tribe that the strike, announced by the MQM is a blackmailing tactic. MQM wants to pressurize government.
It is worth mentioning here that the representatives of Scotland yard visited Pakistan after Pakistan’s interior ministry received an official letter demanding for the cooperation in investigation. According to the details, the letter of Britain’s (FCO) was sent by Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) through foreign ministry three months ago.
Scotland Yard is convinced that the suspects Mohsin Ali Syed and Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran had stabbed Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq to death on September 16, 2010 in front of his house in Edgware, London.
Mohsin and Kashif were staying in London on student visas but they leave for Pakistan on the night of murder. Their visas were sponsored by a trader in Karachi, Muazzam Ali Khan.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson did not deny sending a letter to Pakistan Interior Ministry, but he said he can’t comment on it.
On the other hand, 2 Scotland Yard detectives recently visited Pakistan to investigate MQM’s Imran Farooq murder case and request access to two suspects arrested by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. Scotland Yard seeks DNA sampling of Mohsin Ali Syed and Mohammed Kashif Khan Kamran, the two primary suspects involved in Imran Farooq’s murder. The DNAs obtained from these two suspects will be matched with DNA obtained from the crime scene in Edgware, London, to ensure undeniable evidence in British courts.
British prosecutors have been asking for access to Mohsin Ali Syed and Kashif Khan Kamran for quite some time now. The criminal were arrested by Pakistani intelligence agency ISI on a ‘tip-off’ issued by British military intelligence. These alleged murderers of Imran Farooq flew from United Kingdom to Colombo, Sri Lanka before arriving at Jinnah International Airport in the southern city of Karachi. They were immediately arrested by ISI and taken to ‘unknown’ location, whereas Karachi police has no record of their arrest.
Pakistan’s previous government, which was indirectly led by Pakistan Peoples Party’s co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari did not respond to requests made by British government. In fact, President Asif Ali Zardari used this murder investigation as a tool to keep his government intact and force MQM to remain in coalition government and support his party. Whereas, then Interior Minister Rehman Malik publicly denied that any arrests were made relating to Imran Farooq’s murder investigation.
After the May 2013 elections, when Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as Prime Minister, United Kingdom prosecutors once again re-iterated their request for access to the two suspects. 2 Scotland Yard detectives also visited Pakistan in recent months in the hope of making some progress on the case. Close to four thousand people have been interviewed by Scotland Yard in connection with Imran Farooq’s murder investigation.