KARACHI: The codeword for the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, Dr Imran Farooq, was 'cut the cake.'
Moazzam Ali, one the suspects of Dr Farooq’s 2010 murder in London’s Edgware neighborhood, blabbed out during an ongoing interrogation.
“The codeword for Dr Farooq was ‘Mamoon’ (maternal uncle),” Ali told cops.
So the Urdu phrase ‘Mamoon Ka Cake Katna Hai’ would translate in English as 'Dr Farooq is to be bumped off.'
Given below are some shocking revelations that have recently poured in from the interrogation room through our sources.
Earlier, British police arrived in Pakistan to interrogate two suspects in the Dr Imran Farooq murder case.
Imran Farooq, 50, a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware in northwest London as he returned home from work in September 2010.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan would help the British police in a transparent investigation.
“We will ensure proper investigation without any prejudice, without any favour,” he told reporters.
The suspects were arrested last week in the southwestern province of Baluchistan near the Afghan border.
“The suspects are in custody of the Frontier Corps in Quetta. We will bring them to Islamabad and assist the British police in the investigations,” the minister said.
Announcing the arrest last week of Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali, Pakistan termed it a breakthrough in the case.
British detectives said last May they want to question Ali and another man, Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran, about the attack. Both were in Britain in the period leading up to it and left hours afterwards.
Critics of the MQM, the most powerful political force in Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi, have claimed that the killing of Farooq was linked to an internal dispute in the party, which has been run from London by exiled leader Altaf Hussain for over two decades.
The MQM has strongly denied the claims.
Farooq claimed asylum in Britain in 1999. He was wanted in Pakistan on scores of charges including torture and murder related to the MQM's activities, but always claimed the accusations were politically motivated.
He was twice elected an MP in Pakistan, but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against party activists in Karachi.
Allegations of Receiving Funds from India
Islamabad will formally asked Britain for assistance in investigating claims by the BBC that the MQM received money and military training from India, the interior minister said last week.
The report, published last Wednesday and citing an “authoritative Pakistani source”, said members of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party had received military training at camps in northern and north-eastern India over the past 10 years.
India is regarded with deep suspicion and hostility by many Pakistanis, and claims of collusion can be highly damaging.
According to the BBC report, MQM members had been given training in “explosives, weapons and sabotage” by New Delhi.
It was vehemently denied by New Delhi and by the MQM, which has its power base in the southern city of Karachi and which critics accuse of ruling using violence and extortion.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said: “I am going to address a letter to the British government on behalf of our government tomorrow to officially ask them to give Pakistan access to the BBC report, the facts and the investigation.”
The request for assistance may stem from a claim in the report that MQM members confessed over the course of formal interviews with British authorities to having received an unspecified sum of Indian funding.
Khan, who met the British High Commissioner in Pakistan Philip Barton earlier in the day, added: “It is the responsibility of the British government to extend as much help as possible to Pakistan in this regard.”
London's Metropolitan Police are currently investigating the MQM over money-laundering after a huge quantity of cash was reportedly found at party offices and exiled leader Altaf Hussain's home in London.
As well as the money-laundering case, British police are also probing the murder of MQM politician Imran Farooq in London in 2010.
Political observers believe the party, which was close to the country's powerful military establishment during the 1999-2008 rule of military strongman Pervez Musharraf, has since fallen out of favour.
The party blames the paramilitary Rangers force for carrying out extrajudicial killings and kidnappings of its activists.–SAMAA/Agencies