Scotland Yard arrest in Pakistani ex-MP murder
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Scotland Yard arrested on Thursday a suspect in the murder of Pakistani politician Imran Farooq, who was knifed to death in London in September. The 34-year-old man was arrested in Camden, north London, and is also a suspect in a 2009 robbery.
Farooq, 50, was found with stab wounds and head injuries outside his London home on 16 September, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found a kitchen knife and brick used in the attack.
Scotland Yard detectives believe the killing might have been politically motivated. Farooq was a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a party representing the Urdu-speaking people.
“Detectives believe there are other people who may hold vital information about the attack and continue to urge them to come forward,” according to a statement released by Scotland Yard. “They still want to trace two men and speak to them in connection with the incident,” it added.
Farooq went into asylum in the UK in 1999 after being wanted in Pakistan for torture and murder charges related to the MQM party. He had maintained that these charges were politically motivated.
He had been an MP twice in Pakistani parliament but went into hiding in 1992 when the government cracked down on political activists.
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