Pakistan to deploy team to Sri Lanka over murder probe


Pakistan is to deploy a team to Sri Lanka to collect evidence over the murder of a British-Pakistani politician.The Daily Times in Pakistan reported that the Director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Akbar Hoti on Saturday allowed the investigation team to visit the United Kingdom (UK) and Sri Lanka to collect evidence in relation to the case over the murder of Imran Farooq. Three accused, including Khalid Shamim, Moazzam Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran are currently on judicial remand in Rawalpindi. According to sources, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali had already recorded their confessional statements, while Moazzam Ali – who is said to be the prime suspect – was unwilling to do so. Mohsin, in his statement, stated that Moazzam had handled their travel documents to visit the UK. He said they had monitored the movements and actvities of Dr Farooq in London to know about his routine. On the day of the murder, he grabbed Dr Farooq while Kashif stabbed him and then bludgeoned him with a brick, he said. Imran Farooq, the founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was murdered in Edgware, northwest London in September 2010. He had claimed asylum in Britain in 1999 as he was wanted in Pakistan in many cases of torture and murder. (Colombo Gazette)

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