LONDON: London-based founder of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has been asked to appear before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Islamabad hearing a terrorism case against him, according to an advertisement published in newspapers of the United Kingdom on February 8.
The ad published on behalf of Shahrukh Arjumand, judge of Special Anti-Terrorism Court No-1, Islamabad proclaims the MQM founder as absconder in murder case of Imran Farooq, a senior party leader and directs him to appear before the court within 30 days of the publication of this ad.
The MQM founder has been asked to appear before the ATC, under section 87 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of Pakistan, in the murder case of Dr Imran Farooq, former senior leader of the MQM, who was assassinated in London in September 2010.
The ad published as proclamation notice states, the accused, a “resident of 90, Azizabad Karachi, presently resident of 54-58 first floor Elizabeth House, High Street, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EJ, United Kingdom, has committed (or is suspected to have committed) the offences in case no FIR No. 01/2015 dated 05/12/2015 under Section 302/120B/34/109 P.P.C, 7 A.T.A Police Station Counter Terrorism Wing, FIA Islamabad,” and has absconded or is concealing himself to avoid arrest.
The ad says the accused is “required to appear in this court to answer the said complaint within 30 days from the date of publication”.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) earlier lodged a case against the MQM founder and other senior party leaders in 2015 for their alleged involvement in the murder of senior party leader Imran Farooq.
The accused including Mohsin Ali Syed, Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim had been arrested earlier in the same year over suspicion of involvement in the killing.