Three men sentenced to life in Imran Farooq murder

Islamabad (HRNW) An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad has handed life sentences to Khalid Shamim, Syed Mohsin Ali and Moazzam Ali for their involvement in the murder of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq.

Farooq was stabbed to death outside his house in London’s Edgware on September 16, 2010.

Judge Shahrukh Arjumand announced the reserved verdict on Thursday.

“It is proved that [MQM founder] Altaf Hussian ordered the killing of Dr Imran Farooq,” the 39-page verdict said. “Two of his other senior party members based in London then communicated the orders to relevant persons based in Pakistan.

“Accused Moazzam Ali another senior member working at Nine Zero the headquarters of MQM, along with accused Khalid Shamim engaged accused Syed Mohsin Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran for fulfilling the job. The two executors were properly facilitated who went with a sole purpose to London for committing the murder and as per pre-planned conspiracy, an innocent person was brutally murdered,” it read, adding that Kamran is absconding in the case.

“The sole purpose of committing the murder was to remove political obstacle upon the orders of party supremo ie Altaf Hussain who is still absconding and has no courage to face the allegations by appearing before court.”

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