Pakistani politician murdered in London

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Pakistani politician murdered in London
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 10:11am

AN exiled Pakistani politician was murdered in London last night.

Imran Farooq, 50, was stabbed and beaten to death outside his home.

Shocked motorists who saw the attack just after 5pm called cops, who found Mr Farooq lying on the pavement in Edgware, North London.

Medics tried to save him but he died at the scene in Green Lane.

The victim, a leading member of the anti-Taliban MQM opposition party, claimed UK asylum in 1999 after spending years on the run.

He was wanted for charges including murder - but claimed they were trumped-up and politically motivated.

The killers are believed to have attacked Mr Farooq moments after he left his family.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said he suffered "multiple stab wounds and head injuries".

He added: "There have been no arrests."

Neighbour Sam Ibgi said a woman had witnessed a struggle between two Asian men from her window.

The property developer said: "The woman who saw it lives in the same block of flats.

"She saw him being knocked on the head a couple of times. She heard screams and she saw someone beating him.

"She said he struggled and then the guy stabbed him."

Cops will consider whether Mr Farooq was targeted by political enemies in Pakistan.

When given political asylum, he claimed he had eluded several government attempts to have him "eliminated".

MQM, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, organised large rallies in Pakistan in protest at the 9/11 terror attacks on the US in 2001.

It represents mainly descendants of Urdu-speaking migrants from India who settled in Pakistan when it was created in 1947.

Last month fellow MQM member Raza Haider was shot dead by four gunmen as he attended a funeral near the centre of Karachi.

The murder triggered violence in which dozens of people were killed and at least 100 wounded.

Azeem Tariq, the former chairman of the party, was also murdered in the city 13 years ago. Intruders entered his home and shot him as he slept.

Raza Haroon, a member of the MQM central co-ordination committee, said Dr Farooq's family had been left in shock.

"The main reason he came to live in London was to seek asylum. The threat was there and he was very much aware of it.

"Nobody could really have thought that this act of violence could happen in London, but at this moment we do not know what happened."

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Karachi half-paralyzed on second day after murder

KARACHI: The life in Karachi is today partially paralyzed on the second day after the murder of Imran Farooq, one of the founders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Geo News reported Saturday.

The daily commuters also today faced troubles thanks to thin traffic on roads, as the markets and commercial centers are kept closed in mourning like yesterday.

Citizens had to scramble hard to find petrol with low attendance at offices.

According to Karachi Transport Ittehad President Irshad Bukhari, the transport will ply as usual. Also, various trade organizations announced to keep business and markets open today.