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Imran Farooq murder: British authorities closing in on Altaf Hussain


London : United Kingdom | Jul 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM PDT
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Imran Farooq Murder , Scotland Yard arrests suspect in London , 24 June 2013

The request of British authorities to their Pakistani counterparts for handover of two suspects involved in a high-profile murder in London in 2010 has reportedly been accepted. This report could not be verified independently because everyone is tight-lipped on the issue. If it actually happens, it would seal the fate of a don-like political leader of Pakistani origin staying in London very soon. The dramatic developments of Sunday when the said politician tried to put pressure on Pakistani government not to heed to the request, his threats for doing away with Pakistan if he was arrested etc., are closely related to this development. It seems that the authorities in London are closing in on the said politician which he has termed as a conspiracy of “international establishment” to eliminate him.

The mystery associated with the gruesome murder of Dr. Imran Farooq, an estranged senior leader of Pakistan’s ethno-political party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), is being unveiled bit by bit. Although, people knew who could have ordered his murder in London nearly three years ago, the London Metropolitan Police was generally tight-lipped about the suspects. The alleged murderers were in the custody of Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies and, since MQM was in partner in the PPP government, were not inaccessible to the Met investigators. The developments in London released by media very cautiously, and without revealing the names, clearly suggested that MQM supremo, Altaf Hussain, a British national known for making fiery and threatening telephonic speeches from an Edgeware studio, was behind the murder. He was also perceived to be involved in money laundering of massive amounts. It is generally believed that money laundered consisted of extortion money collected by party goons from Karachi’s business community.

It was reported two years ago that the murders in Pakistani custody were committed by active members of Altaf’s assassin squad operating from South Africa. The squad, involved in target killing of cops, journalists and estranged workers, takes its orders directly from Altaf. Their handover to British authorities will enable the Met to close in on Altaf. He has gotten away with high-profile murders in Pakistan due to weak and corrupt political leadership but UK will be a tough government for him.

What will prove to be the proverbial last nail for MQM, is murders’ handover to Met. According to reports, British authorities have made a fresh demand to access key suspects in Dr. Imran Farooq murder case. The request was reported made at the top level and very few people were in knowledge of it because of the sensitivity of the issue. Recently, the London Metropolitan police paced up the investigations and has conducted several raids, arrested some eight suspects, questioned thousands of people and scanned through thousands of documents.

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PORKY IN TROUBLE:Altaf’s speech on Scotland Yard’s radar

Altaf’s speech on Scotland Yard’s radar
May 16, 2013
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British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson
Islamabad – The British police have taken notice of hundreds of complaints lodged by British and Pakistani citizens against MQM chief Altaf Hussain for his recent remarks inciting violence. 
“The London Metropolitan Police are looking into the floods of complaints and may take action soon,“ British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson told a press conference on Wednesday, pointing out that Altaf had later denied making such statements. Thomson however said MQM’s chief’s statements must be taken seriously and noted that under British laws promotion of hatred and inciting violence is liable to punishment. London Police was independent to investigate the complaints and was under no pressure from the UK government, he added.
Asked what could be maximum punishment for any person found guilty of hate speech and inciting violence, he said the accused can face imprisonment. To a question about prospects of extradition of MQM chief, who is wanted in various cases in Pakistan, the High Commissioner said that Pakistan and UK did not have any formal extradition treaty. He said his extradition was possible but there were legal complications associated with the process. 
In an ominous sounding speech on Sunday night, Altaf Hussain told ‘the establishment’ to separate Karachi from the rest of Pakistan if the public mandate of his party was unacceptable, and warned to ‘make an example’ out of PTI protesters at Karachi’s Teen Talwar (three swords). The statements created uproar across the country, after which the party came up with the stance that Altaf’s statements were rhetorical and his remarks were ‘misinterpreted’ by the media.
Answering a question about recent statements of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who had said Afghanistan does not recognise Durand Line as international border with Pakistan, Thomson said such efforts cause destabilisation. “It is shared challenge for Afghanistan and Pakistan to surmount,” he said adding that good news was that there was increasing military to military cooperation to tackle challenges related to terrorism.
To another question he said that United Kingdom desires improvement in Pakistan’s relations with its neighbours, particularly India. Earlier in his remarks, the British High Commissioner said that despite some shortcomings, May 11 general elections were technically the best ever in Pakistan’s history. He was of the view that international community has hailed Pakistan’s democratic process that would further enhance Pakistan’s relations with other countries, especially with the United Kingdom. 
The Nation Monitoring adds: London Metropolitan Police have started collecting evidence about MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s controversial statement, BBC reported on Wednesday, citing a senior official. Police spokesman James Hume said Altaf Hussain’s speech that drew countless complaints from Britain and Pakistan was being restated [into English] as a decision to investigate them [complaints] had been finalised. 
The London police have dispatched text of Altaf Hussain’s speech to the home department for translation in English. “We would see what course of action should be taken once we get all the evidence,” said the police spokesman said. Asked under what law interrogation was being carried out, the spokesperson for London police said what law had it would be decided once a copy of translation was acquired and reviewed. 
Asked if police could investigate anyone, Hume said this would also be decided in the light of the translation of the speech. It is to be mentioned here that while commenting on Saturday’s election outcome, the MQM chief said on Sunday that the party would not be able to stop its workers from reacting if their mandate was not accepted. If anyone did not like MQM’s mandate, then Karachi should be separated from rest of the country, he added.




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