ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Monday refuted news reports of a six to seven member team of the Scotland Yard (London Metropolitan Police) arriving in the capital last week in relation to the investigation of the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq, saying instead that a two-member team had arrived today.
“Earlier reports of a six to seven member team arriving in Islamabad are baseless and feed into the rumours mill,” said the statement.
The statement said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will keep the media updated due to the sensitive nature of the case, adding that the media should refrain from circulating rumours and baseless reports.
The team is expected to be taken to meet suspects who are in custody of Pakistani authorities.
In April this year, the interior minister had announced the arrest of Moazzam Ali, a man from Karachi whom he had described as the primary suspect in Dr Farooq’s murder case.
Meanwhile, two men identified as Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim wanted in the murder case of Dr Farooq were earlier taken in custody from near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman.
MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq, aged 50, was on his way home from work when he was murdered in Green Lane on September 16, 2010 outside his London home. A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head.
Farooq claimed asylum in Britain in 1999. He was wanted in Pakistan over scores of charges including torture and murder but always claimed the accusations were politically-motivated.
He had twice been elected as a lawmaker in Pakistan but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against MQM activists in Karachi
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