UK probe to help clear MQM: FOSunday, December 09, 2012 - London—London’s Metropolitan Police has confirmed it raided the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s office located in Edgeware in connection with MQM leader Imran Farooq’s murder, the BBC reported on Saturday.
According to the report published on the BBC Urdu website, the Metropolitan Police’s press office told the BBC late on Friday that MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s business address was searched for a period of two days.
An officer of the Metropolitan Police, named only as Jonathan, told the BBC over the telephone that the office was raided on Thursday and a comprehensive search was completed by Friday evening, says the report.
The MQM is a member of Pakistan’s ruling coalition government and is the largest political party in the commercial hub of Karachi.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released late Friday that it would be premature and wrong to draw any conclusion about the raid.
“We are confident that the investigation would eventually help clear all misgivings about MQM which is not only a coalition partner but also represents secular forces in the country,” said the statement by the Foreign Office spokesman.
It was reported on Friday that the police had raided a business office in London with the MQM leader’s murder, and that some important documents had been taken into custody.
However, the BBC reported on Saturday that the Metropolitan Police officer did not give any details about any evidence recovered from the office.
An investigation regarding Imran Farooq’s murder is currently underway, the BBC reported the officer as saying.
It was also reported that several people were interrogated but no one was taken into custody.—Agencies
UK probe to help clear MQM: FO
Islamabad—The Foreign Office on Saturday said British police Scotland Yard raided Business Office located in London in connection with the assassination of Imran Farooq, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader.
Issuing a statement regarding UK police raid at Business Office, the Foreign Office said it would be wrong to prematurely infer anything from the police raid.
The FO statement voiced hope that the British probe will help dispel all misgivings about the Muttahida, adding the MQM is not only an allied party of the government but also it represents all secular forces of the country.
Dr Farooq was an outstanding MQM leader. He was murdered outside his home in Edgware, London as he was on way back from work on 16th September, 2010.
He disappeared from Pakistan in 1992 and was living in London since 1999, when he claimed asylum in the UK. Farooq’s party MQM said that it will offer the police any help to find the killers. —INP