Murder of former MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq; A birthday present to Altaf Hussain

By Dr Shahid Qureshi

British Scotland Yard counter terrorism command called to lead murder investigations of Dr Imran Farooq after officials warned a bloody struggle between political factions in Karachi was on its way to Britain.

Dr Imran Farooq with Altaf Hussain

Green Lane, Edgware Photo: Google Street View

Security sources told the Daily Telegraph on 17th September 2010, the murder inquiry into the death of Imran Farooq, a founder member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), had been taken over by Scotland Yard’s Counter-Terrorism Command which investigates political assassinations. MI5 is also likely to be called in to help with the hunt for the killers”.

According to a senior source, ‘Dr Imran Farooq was called or lured in to attend MQM special meeting which he probably attended. He was suspended from the party for a long time and probably the impression was given to him that he was going to be restored to lure him into the meeting.

There is a possibility of hot exchanges of words among the members which could have lead to multiple stabbings at the meeting. It is presumed that murder took place some where else and body was thrown some where else. The murder weapon could be kitchen knife or knives and attackers could me more than one.

The timing of the murder is also bizarre when leader of MQM Altaf Hussain celebrates his birthday according to Pakistan time. Some one said, ‘it was a birthday present’, which sounds very cruel as it is?

It also sounds mafia style punishment killing as a result of betrayal with the leader? He was thrown out of the party twice and suspended four times. He remained suspended until his death for over two years. He was under strict party surveillance and was not allowed to access media. One of his close relative claimed that he was humiliated by the leader in the party meetings and publically too. He was reportedly working at low wages in central London. His father claimed that he was not that rich enough to afford a guard in London.

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It was also reported that being a Bihari, Dr Imran Farooq was gaining support of the newly formed splinter group called ‘Bihari Qumi Movement’ BQM, in Orangi Town Karachi which was MQM’s strong hold. He might be starting his own political party?

According to a report Dr Farooq met some one in London in past two weeks who might have asked him to become ‘witness’ against the boss i.e. self exiled British Citizen Altaf Hussain.

Dr Imran Farooq as the convener of the party was privy to inside information about the extortion money, money laundering, targeted killings and investments of the golden circle of the party members who are living lavishly and apparently without known sources of income.

There was a possibility that he could have joined currently jailed Amir Khan and Afaq Ahmad MQM groups and formed a bigger alliance against the remote control MQM party from London.

Those who challenged Altaf Hussain are either killed or in are prison. Due to the pressures current Zardari regime blocked the release of opposition leaders Amir Khan and Afaq Ahmad. Their lawyer was killed in cold blood recently on the road.

It is reported that money was/is allegedly being taken from the British business families who have close links and interests in Karachi. This incident is widely believed as an ‘inside job’.

It would further increase fears in the minds of people living abroad including London. Now it is the responsibility of the British police to fully investigate the murder as well as catch the master mind to restore the confidence of the people.


A confession would not be enough as it is possible that a ‘puppet’ could be planted for misdirection. It is time to keep the politics out and avoid making London a battle ground of Karachi’s ‘bloody mafia politics’.

The British Police could seek help from the South African Government to check on MQM assassins based in Johannesburg as reported in the Pakistani media. MQM assassins had been travelling to Pakistan for killings and sneaking out.

Surely it would be useful to have CCTV footage of the past 36 hours of MQM International Secretariat in Edgware to check any suspicious visitors.

MQM – Altaf is known to have eliminated its own party members when the leader feels insecure or threatened. They openly say, ‘who betray the qauid (Altaf Hussain) deserve to die’ (Jo Qaid ka ghadar haa who moot kaa haq dar haa).

Earlier MQM- A gangster Hajji Jalal was murdered on the road in broad day light while Altaf Hussain is in full control of Karachi? Hajji Jalal was in the inner circle of the Altaf Hussain. He was one of the criminals wanted in connection with the torture and kidnapping of Pakistan Army Major Kaleem and his companions.  He was killed with his two sons in suspicious circumstances and we did not see much of Altaf Hussain usual enthusiasm and performance asking for the arrest of the killers. Why no one from MQM higher command in Karachi attended his funeral and his wife allegedly blaming Altaf Hussain for the killing? He was a man with many secrets? Who ordered and benefited from his elimination that is million dollar question?

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According to news reports published on 9th July 2009, “Hajji Jalal senior member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), two of his sons and a passer-by were shot dead on 8th July 2009, within the limits of Landhi police station. The deceased include MQM leader Hajji Jalal, 60s, his sons Usman Jalal, Abdullah Jalal and a passer-by Adnan Sohail, while the injured were Ahad and Raja who were admitted with critical injuries. Jalal was elected a counsellor of Landhi 4 in 1987, and was a renowned leader of the MQM. Jalal had been detained in Central Jail Karachi for several years in the case of Major Kaleem”.

He was close ally of the self exiled leader now British asset Altaf Hussain? Then who killed him? Why MQM did not protest as they normally do and no senior leader attended his funeral? He died with lots of secrets with him? Was it an inside job? A source said that when Azeem Ahmed Tariq Chairman of the MQM was killed in his house, it was allegedly ‘Syed Mustafa Kamal former ‘mayor’ Nazim of Karachi who opened the door for the killers’.  Azeem Ahemd Tariq use to call him ‘nephew’. Well there are many mafia style skeletons in the MQM’s closet.

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Courtesy The London Post.