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Imran Farooq’s murder linked to rows within MQM party- by Farhad Jarral

There are lots of misgivings about the MQM’s character and the way they do politics. Murderers have been awarded Governorship, Ministries and City’s Mayor post. Yesterday a letter by MQM’s chief Altaf Hussain was published on the website of MQM saying that my life is in threat and possibly I would not be alive to lead you in future so be prepared for my death. My life is in danger and those who want to Kill me belongs to International Agencies.

This Drama of MQM is over now and Altaf’s followers can’t define his revolution’s stories any more because we the Pakistanis don’t want a Murder Revolution or a Tehreek of Murderers to teach Pakistanis how to murder your own Nationals. Yes MQM is the Taliban of Karachi and I must say one more thing here, the recent drama of Altaf Hussain to threaten democratic government has given hype after his appeal for ‘Martial Law’ type intervention by patriotic Army Generals.

It is crystal clear that one who want to leave MQM will sacrifice his life for taking this decision. Amir Liaqat Hussain (former MQM’s member and Provincial Minister for Religious Affairs) is settled in Dubai and never came back to Pakistan since he resigned from MQM. What’s the reason behind it? Azeem Tariq former Chairman of MQM was mysteriously killed in his own house “on May 1, 1993.  Azeem Ahmed Tariq was assassinated, just a few days after he addressed a press conference where he made statements against Altaf. But it is still a mystery who was actually behind his killing. The three suspects, who were arrested for the murder, were also killed after they were released on bail” writes Mazher Abbas. No inquiries have been conducted or no Suo Moto from Chief Justice against MQM on their brutal act of 12th May 2007, I’dwritten an article on the same issue ‘Three years of 12th May massacre: Still CJ is sleeping – by Farhad Jarral‘ but CJ is only awake to hear cases against President Zardari and those who belongs to Pakistan Peoples Party. In Chief Justice’s dictionary the other 8000 cases including almost 4000 murder cases of MQM’s NRO beneficiaries are not important as those cases were not dictated by the Establishment Bosses.

Media voice is silent against MQM after the 12th May reporting of various channels who blamed MQM for that brutal killing of innocent masses, lawyers and political party workers. One of our editor said that my brother was contesting elections from Karachi back in 2008 elections and he registered complain to media about the rigging of MQM, unfortunately the response of Media Representatives was ‘Sirjee humai is Shehr mai zinda rehna hy’ in english ‘Sir we want to live in this city’. It’s strange that any voice raised against the MQM chief,  mysteriously killed or implicated in irregularities.

Following is an article Published today by Daily Guardian UK which point towards the involvement of MQM in Imran Farooq’s Murder:

Pakistan: Imran Farooq murder linked to rows within MQM party

Imran Farooq was a senior figure within Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party

The Scotland Yard investigation into the murder in London of the leading Pakistani politician Dr Imran Farooq has been told that rows within his own party may have led to his assassination.

Farooq, 50, was stabbed to death earlier this monthduring an attack in which he was also beaten near his home in Edgware, north London. Farooq was a senior figure in Pakistan‘s MQM (Muttahida Quami Movement) party, and was in exile in London at the time of his death. The murder is being investigated by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism branch because of the political dimension to the killing.

Sources say intelligence suggests his death was linked to rows within the MQM.

Farooq, once prominent in MQM, had taken a back seat. A senior Pakistani source said he may have been about to endorse or join a new party set up by Pakistan’s former military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf. The source said of the motive: “It lies within the MQM. Dr Farooq was probably going to join Musharraf.”He is vowing to leave his own London exile and return home to launch a fresh bid for power. His new party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, will launch its programme in London later this week.

Asked by the Sunday Telegraph about his reaction to Farooq’s murder, Musharraf said: “It is terrible that such an assassination could happen in a place like London.”

Farooq, who was married with two young sons, claimed UK asylum in 1999 alongside Altaf Hussain, the MQM’s leader. Hussain, who also lives in exile in London, has said “enemies of the MQM” killed Farooq and they will try to kill him. Pakistan’s media reported him as saying on Friday: “Now the enemies of the movement are after my life, but I want to tell them I am not afraid of anyone, whether it’s a superpower like the United States or its Nato allies or their Pakistani agents … I fear the Almighty Allah and will never bow down before the conspirators even if they get my British citizenship rescinded.”

Police in London are still hunting an attacker who, one witness said, appeared to be an Asian man. Analysts say the MQM has longstanding rivalries with ethnic Pashtun and Sindhi parties in Karachi. The MQM has also been riven by occasional internecine violence.

Before entering the UK, Farooq spent seven years on the run in Pakistan from criminal charges while the MQM was engaged in a violent battle for control of Karachi. He remained a key party figure. While MQM leader Hussain is protected by private guards and rarely appears in public following death threats, colleagues said Farooq never believed he was at risk and had played a smaller role in the party since the birth of his sons, now aged five and three.

Farooq was attacked on his way home from his job at a chemist’s shop. He was found near his home after neighbours witnessed what they believed was a fight. Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

MQM party officials in the party’s stronghold of Karachi declared a 10-day period of mourning. Previous political killings have triggered riots and deadly clashes between rival factions. Police are keeping an open mind as to the identity of Farooq’s killer and their investigation continues.

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  • Farhad, nice article and thanks for raising the points that anyone living in Karachi dare not. Loved the artwork with the Swastikas. Those who saw the MQM killing fields of Karachi in the mid and late 1990’s always knew that Altaf was Hitler and Imran Farooq was Himmler. Btw, the youtube clip was hilarous. I have heard his party is trying to send him to detox and rehab to get rid of some, ummm, habits, and to loose the subsequent weight that comes as a result of bloating when one is imbibing, ummmm, too much “Rooh Afza”

  • Personally, I feel that there is internal rift but that internal rift is caused by a dissident/badmaash group that has returned back to Pakistan last year around October/Novermber 2009. If one has a close look, it was in October 2009 that target killing started in the city of Karachi. The dissident group want Altaf bhai out. The only way to get him out is to get rid of him. That is exactly the reason why we dont see the MQM going out of the government, because if they leave, they will have many sides of fight against.
    Altaf’s crying for Imran Farooq was more for his own life than for Imran’s. The killers gave him a message that we can kill a very important deputy within close proximity of where you are.
    One must link two news with the current internal rift:
    Earlier in August, Altaf Bhai called for revolution and later in August there was news that MQM may move its international secretariat to Dubai citing logistical and visa issues and that Altaf bhai would travel to Dubai for meetings.

  • well…

    nice article but we all already know it…and much more…nothing is hidden from anyone in karachi/pakistan

    May Allah bless our country…Amen

    ps: i am planning to talk to Priya Darshan to cast Paresh Rawal acting for Bhai…what do you people say 😀 that british passport picture doesnt give a feel of Paresh Rawal 😉

  • MQM is known for its politics of torture,death,killing and extortions in Karachi. The very structure of MQM is founded on the blood of innocent Pashtuns and other ethnic groups living in Karachi.
    A number of their own MQM party leaders have been killed and miamed for their opposition to Altaf Hussain.
    So,it is nothing new, that MQM is involved in such horrendous act of barberity.
    What is new; is the export of the politics of blood to UK, which is really disturbing for the british authorities? UK, considered to be a bastian of or heaven for asylum seekers, will loose this prime position, if they hushed up the matter under the carpet.The blood of Imran Farooq will not go un-noticed as it has been spelled on the soil of Britian, not in the streets of Karachi owned by MQM through mafia tactics.
    We should also take note of the statement of Asfandyar Wali Khan, leader of Awami National Party; who has pointed towards the intentions of some elements in Karachi to make it Beirut. So, Karachi is heading towards a Beirut like situaion rather than Hong Kong due to the MQM-cum-Military-Establishment mafia, responsible for all the problems, Pakistan is faced with.

  • Contradictions 🙂

    IF MQM’S GOVERNMENT EXISTED THEN IT WOULD HAVE SEVERED ALL RELATIONS WITH USA, ITS ALLIED WESTERN AND NATO COUNTRIES ON THE INHUMAN SENTENCE BY AMERICAN COURT TO DR AAFIA SIDDIQUI – ALTAF HUSSAIN London – 24th September 2010 http://www.mqm.org/English-News/Sep-2010/news100924a.htm

    If MQM’s Government existed then it would have severed all relations with USA, its allied western and NATO countries on the inhuman sentence by American Court to Daughter of Nation Dr Aafia Siddiqui. This was stated by MQM Founder & Leader Mr Altaf Hussain while addressing a condolence session in memory of MQM Convenor Dr Imran Farooq Shaheed at the MQM Head Office Nine Zero in Karachi. He stated that the enemies snatched away our beloved, unwavering, determined, devoted, firm and great leader Dr Imran Farooq by ruthlessly murdering him. He prayed to Almighty Allah to acknowledge and accept the sacrifices of Dr Imran Farooq, his struggle, his devotion, commitment and martyrdom, grant him highest esteem and solace to his companions, family members and supporters of the MQM.

    Altaf accuses foreign powers of plotting to eliminate him By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque Monday, 27 Sep, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/altaf-accuses-foreign-powers-of-plotting-to-eliminate-him-790 Mr Hussain said the murder of Dr Imran Farooq was a link in the chain and news analysis and columns published in the international press gave a clear indication about which party and personality were being targeted. He referred to the BBC programme “Hard Talk” in which the host asked coordination committee member Mohammad Anwar why the MQM leader (Mr Hussain) had not been removed. “This has implications for the situation… what was the purpose of this question?” Mr Hussain said he did not have strength to withstand the might of powers and, therefore, workers should be mentally prepared for any eventuality because of “these powers can eliminate Altaf Hussain anytime”.

    US Ambassador visits Nine Zero Monday, September 27, 2010 Shawwal 17, 1431 A.H. http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/1912.htm Updated at: 1805 PST, Monday, September 27, 2010 KARACHI: US Ambassador Anne Patterson on Monday paid a farewell visit to the headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Nine Zero and expressed condolence on the demise of former convener Rabita Committee Dr Imram Farooq. She was accompanied by US Consul General in Karachi William Martin. She was received by the deputy convener MQM Rabita Committee Dr Farooq Sattar.
    Later, talking to media Dr Farooq Sattar said that MQM leadership expressed concerns over the conviction of Pakistani scientist Dr Afia Siddiqui by US court. The party also sought US support and influence in seeking security for MQM leader Altaf Hussain in London, he added. Dr Sattar said that US Ambassador expressed condolences over the assassination of Dr Imran Farooq in London.

    MQM says USA [USA is a Foreign Power] should use its “Influence” to solve Late. Imran Farooq’s Murder Case whereas in the above news NEWS – MQM says that Foreign Powers are hell bent to destroy MQM – which Foreign Power? Monday, September 27, 2010, Shawwal 17, 1431 A.H http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/sep2010-daily/27-09-2010/u47224.htm

  • Saleem Shahzad expelled from MQM Rabita Committee Saturday, February 14, 2009 [The News and Jang] http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:daTZSTmCaXgJ:www.thenews.com.pk/print3.asp%3Fid%3D20309+aleem+Shahzad+expelled+from+MQM+Rabita+Committee&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=pk

    KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expelled Saleem Shahzad from its Rabita Committee on account of his personal and secret activities and contacts. Besides, MQM activists have been asked not to contact another Rabita Committee member, Muhammad Anwar, on any issue.

    According to a press release issued by the MQM on Friday, anyone found contacting Saleem Shahzad would be expelled from the party. Similarly, the MQM activists have been directed instead of contacting Muhammad Anwar they may contact the Rabita Committee in Karachi or the party’s international secretariat. The party took the decision on the basis of Anwar’s suspicious activities and his disinterest in the affairs of the party, the statement said.

    Meanwhile, MQM’s senior member and in-charge of its Labour Division Anees Ahmed Khan, advocate, has voluntarily resigned from the basic membership of the MQM, the statement said.

    Another MQM statement said on the grounds of serious violation of organisational discipline and involvement in activities outside the organisation, the Rabita Committee had suspended the following activists of the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) for an indefinite period: Ejaz Qureshi and Mohsin Shahab (University of Karachi unit); and Mohsin Ahsanul Haq (NED unit). When contacted, MQM spokesman Faisal Sabazwari offered no comments, saying: “Whatever the MQM has to say in this regard, it has stated in the press release.”

  • Saleem Shahzad expelled from MQM By Our Staff Reporter
    February 14, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/2009/02/14/nat3.htm

    KARACHI, Feb 13: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement expelled on Friday its senior leader Syed Saleem Shahzad from the party for his alleged ‘mysterious’ activities.

    The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the party’s coordination committee. A statement issued from the MQM’s London secretariat said any party member found in contact with Mr Shahzad would lose his membership.

    A former MNA and London-based MQM leader, Anis Ahmed Advocate, resigned from the party and stated that in future he would have nothing to do with the views and actions of the MQM, the statement said.

    Meanwhile, the MQM directed its workers not to contact Mohammad Anwar, another senior London-based member of the coordination committee.

  • BBC Hard Talk : MQM Muhammad Anwar Part 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq36z52CwDk

    BBC Hard Talk : Part 2 MQM Muhammad Anwar
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXF0gCNEidU

    Altaf accuses foreign powers of plotting to eliminate him
    By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque Monday, 27 Sep, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/altaf-accuses-foreign-powers-of-plotting-to-eliminate-him-790

    Mr Hussain said the murder of Dr Imran Farooq was a link in the chain and news analysis and columns published in the international press gave a clear indication about which party and personality were being targeted. He referred to the BBC programme “Hard Talk” in which the host asked coordination committee member Mohammad Anwar why the MQM leader (Mr Hussain) had not been removed.
    “This has implications for the situation… what was the purpose of this question?”

  • Despite of numerous shortcomings the MQM under the leader ship of ALTAF is the best organised and least corrupt among other political Parties of Pakistan, whose voters are generally Urdu speaking.Subsequently ,the intellectuals of four provinces of Pakistan,who may be loyal with the geographic Tertiary of Pakistan,for their monitory interest but not with the ideology,will never give any space to MQM and and any other party lead by Urdu speaking .I know that intellectuals,were earlier preaching the west Pakistani crowd to Hate against Bengali,who were real Pakistani and after the down fall of DACCA the the same attitude persist with urdu speaking.As such ALTAF is in paradise of fool ,if he thinks that such mentality will accept him ,when he is not son of the soil .

  • Imran Farooq murder: the bloody past of the MQM – The party of Imran Farooq, who has been assassinated in London, has a dark reputation that it has never left behind Declan Walsh in Islamabad guardian.co.uk, Friday 17 September 2010 14.34 BST Article history http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/17/imran-farooq-assassination-mqm-pakistan

    Altaf Hussain, the London-based head of MQM, is comforted as he prays for his murdered right-hand man Imran Farooq. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
    It is one of the great enigmas of Pakistani politics. For over 18 years the affairs of Karachi, the country’s largest city and thrumming economic hub, have been run from a shabby office block more than 4,000 miles away in a suburb of north London.

    The man at the heart of this unusual situation is Altaf Hussain, a barrel-shaped man with a caterpillar moustache and a vigorous oratorical style who inspires both reverence and fear in the sprawling south Asian city he effectively runs by remote control.

    Hussain is the undisputed tsar of the mohajirs, the descendents of Muslim migrants who flooded into Pakistan during the tumult of partition from India in 1947, and who today form Karachi’s largest ethnic group.

    A firebrand of student politics, Hussain galvanized the mohajirs into a potent political force in 1984, when he formed the Mohajir Qaumi Movement – now known as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM. The party swept elections in the city in 1987 and 1988 but quickly developed a reputation for violence.

    At early rallies Hussain surrounded himself with gunmen and urged supporters to “sell your VCRs and buy kalashnikovs”; violence later erupted between the MQM and ethnic Sindhi rivals and, later, against the army, which deployed troops to Karachi in the early 1990s.

    It was during the tumult of this time that Hussain and his right-hand man, Imran Farooq, who has just been killed in London, fled the city, in the wake of a slew of police accusations of involvement in racketeering and killing.

    Both men vigorously denied the charges, insisting that they were politically motivated and took refuge in London to set up a base for the MQM in Edgware, a quiet suburb in the north of the city.

    Since then, Hussain has run the party from exile with a tight grip. In Pakistan the party is officially led by Farooq Sattar, a mild-mannered former mayor of Karachi, but most decisions of significance are taken by Hussain.

    His trademark feature is a pair of coffee-tinted Aviator shades and he speaks in a sometimes maniacal style. But few of his supporters, many of whom are women, can see him: Hussain has pioneered the “telephone rally” in Pakistan, addressing tens of thousands of people crowded into Karachi streets around a loudspeaker linked up to a telephone.

    Under Sattar, the party has tried hard to shake its association with violence in recent years. It won control of Karachi city council during Pervez Musharraf’s rule in 2005, and has won praise for the construction of highways, water schemes and other city amenities. Business leaders in particular have praised its management of an often chaotic city.

    But the dark reputation has not entirely gone away. In May 2007 armed MQM supporters held the city hostage during a day of political violence, triggered by Musharraf who is himself a mohajir, that saw more than 40 people killed.

    Last month, Raza Haider, a senior MQM official, was gunned down as he said his prayers, triggering a ferocious wave of tit-for-tat killings involving the MQM and rivals in ethnic Pashtun parties and the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, whose Karachi factions are also armed.

    The MQM has also been split by rivalries within the mohajir community that have seen periodic blood-letting, both within the MQM and with a breakaway faction known as MQM-Haqiqi, which was fostered in the 1990s by Pakistan intelligence as a means of breaking Hussain’s stranglehold on power in Karachi.

    Now, with the gruesome killing of Farooq, a senior if largely colourless figure, the bloodshed appears to have spread from Pakistan to the streets of north London.

  • MQM a political group or gang of terrorists, asks intel report Wednesday, September 29, 2010 http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20109\29\story_29-9-2010_pg7_21

    * Fact sheet says party destructive instrument in Altaf Hussain’s hands

    * Govt obligated to explain who turned Karachi into exclusive property

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Is the MQM a political group or a gang of terrorists, questions a joint investigation report prepared by intelligence and security agencies of the country into the targeted killings and lawlessness in Karachi.

    The report framed by the ISI, Interior Ministry, IB, Sindh Police, Special Branch and Pakistan Rangers in May 2009 was formally presented to the Senate chairman on Tuesday by ANP Information Secretary Zahid Khan.

    “Who are these deserting rats, what do they want, how do they treat places like Kashmir, Pakistan and Karachi, why do they kill, why do they promise to send dead bodies, whom do they serve by heightening linguistic feelings, why do they target transformers and leave people to roast in heat, why do they burn transport facilities, why do they target security personnel, why do they torture people and pump bullets into public servants,” questions the 64-page report.

    “Why did their (MQM) bullets take lives of SHOs Bahadur Ali and Imdad Khatian, DSP Bashir Ahmed Noorani, five relatives of DSP Nisar Khawaja, DSP Tanoli, SDM Muhammad Nawaz Khushk, journalist Muhammad Salahuddin, Azim Ahmed Tariq, Zohair Akram Nadeem, Pir Pagaro’s son-in-law Salim Malik, KESC Chairman Malik Shahid Hamid? And how a renowned scholar, chairman of the Hamdard Foundation and ex-Sindh governor Hakim Muhammad Saeed was killed,” the report further asks.

    “It is a destructive instrument in the hands of its highly whimsical supremo, the one and only Altaf Hussain,” says the fact sheet on the MQM.

    Exclusive property: The report said the government was obligated to explain who had turned Karachi, its citizens, its hospitals, parks, roads and avenues, storage houses, police stations and assembly houses into exclusive property; who were the people who never started a single development project in Karachi but did every thing to destroy the Karachi Municipal Corporation by controlling it during 1987-92 and the provincial government during 1990-92.

    The report also mentions terrorism in Karachi on “Hitler’s footsteps”, “anti-state and anti-media activities of the MQM”, “its Indian connection” and the economical damage due to the party’s forced strikes. “But all this will require a review of the thoughts propagated by Hitler 65 years ago and the resemblance that Altaf has with the Nazi leader,” it added.

    “The party’s first major action against political rivals came in the Pakistan Steel Mills in 1990 when a number of its men were kidnapped. They were taken to torture cells in Landhi and Korangi. Since then torture and murder of army officers, navy functionaries and a whole range of other people has become a routine,” said the report.

    It added that the government has repeatedly asked the MQM to close its training camps in India and call back Javed Langhra and others to the country. “Altaf and his party responded that levelling such allegations against the party was not only a crime but also a violation of the security of the country,” the report added.

    MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil was unavailable for comment when Daily Times tried to contact him.

  • Pak intel blames ‘Hitler-clone’ MQM and its “Indian connection” for Karachi terror

    Islamabad, Sep 29 : A joint report prepared by the Pakistani intelligence and security agencies investigating into the targeted killings and lawlessness in Karachi has sought to blame terrorism in the province on “Hitler-clone” MQM supremo, Altaf Hussain, and the party’s “Indian connection,” among other reasons.

    ANP Information Secretary Zahid Khan formally presented the report, framed in May 2009 by the ISI, Interior Ministry, IB, Sindh Police, Special Branch and Pakistan Rangers, to the Senate chairman, the Daily Times reported.

    Lashing out at the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) for its “anti-state and anti-media activities,” the report said it would require a “review of the thoughts propagated by Hitler 65 years ago, and the resemblance that Altaf has with the Nazi leader.”ccording to the report, the government had repeatedly asked the MQM to close its training camps in India, and call back Javed Langhra and others to Pakistan.

    “Altaf and his party responded that levelling such allegations against the party was not only a crime but also a violation of the security of the country,” the report added.

    “Who are these deserting rats, what do they want, how do they treat places like Kashmir, Pakistan and Karachi, why do they kill, why do they promise to send dead bodies, whom do they serve by heightening linguistic feelings, why do they target transformers and leave people to roast in heat, why do they burn transport facilities, why do they target security personnel, why do they torture people and pump bullets into public servants,” questioned the 64-page report.

    “It is a destructive instrument in the hands of its highly whimsical supremo, the one and only Altaf Hussain,” said the fact sheet on the MQM.

    When contacted, MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil was unavailable for comment. (ANI)

  • قتل اندرونی اختلافات کا نتیجہ: گارڈین
    آخری وقت اشاعت: پير 27 ستمبر 2010 , 11:44 GMT 16:44 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/world/2010/09/100927_guardian_imran_farooq.shtml

    اس واقعے کے سیاسی محرکات کی وجہ سے سکاٹ لینڈ یارڈ کی انسدادِ دہشت گردی برانچ اس کی تحقیقات کر رہی ہے۔

    برطانوی اخبار گارڈین میں چھپنے والے ایک مضمون میں دعویٰ کیا گیا ہے کہ لندن میں سکاٹ لینڈ یارڈ کی تحقیقات کے دوران پولیس کو بتایا گیا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق کے قتل کا تعلق متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کے اندرونی اختلافات کا نتیجہ ہو سکتا ہے۔

    دوسری جانب متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کے میڈیا کوآرڈینیٹر واسع جلیل نے بی بی سی اردو سروس سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ ان کی جماعت گارڈین کی خبر کی سختی سے تردید اور مذمت کرتی ہے۔

    واسع جلیل نے کہا ’ متحدہ قومی موومنٹ گارڈین کے خلاف قانونی چارہ جوئی کرے گی‘

    ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق کو اس ماہ کے شروع میں شمالی لندن کے علاقے مِل ہِل میں چاقو کے وار کر کے ہلاک کر دیا گیا تھا۔ وہ ایک کیمسٹ شاپ پر کام کرتے تھے جہاں سے وہ واپس گھر جا رہے تھے۔ انہیں ان کے پڑوسیوں نے گھر کے پاس زخمی حالت میں زمین پر پڑے ہوئے دیکھا۔ جس کے بعد طبی عملے کو بلایا گیا جس نے ان کے ہلاک ہو جانے کی تصدیق کی۔

    اس واقعے کے سیاسی محرکات کی وجہ سے برطانوی پولیس یعنی سکاٹ لینڈ یارڈ کی انسدادِ دہشت گردی برانچ اس کی تحقیقات کر رہی ہے۔

    اخبار گارڈین نے پاکستان کے ایک سینیئر ذریعے کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق جنرل پرویز مشرف کی جماعت کی حمایت یا اس میں شمولیت اختیار کرنے والے تھے۔

    جنرل مشرف نے ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق کے قتل پر اپنا رد عمل دیتے ہوئے کہا تھا کہ یہ بات انتہائی افسوسناک ہے کہ اس طرح کا واقعہ لندن جیسی جگہ پر ہوا۔

    اخبار نے پاکستان کی ایک سینیئر شخصیت کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے لکھا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق کے قتل کی وجہ ایم کیو ایم کے اندر ہی موجود ہے۔ ’وہ شاید مشرف کی پارٹی میں شامل ہو رہے تھے‘۔

    اخبار کے مطابق اس سینیئر شخصیت کا کہنا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق اپنی جلا وطنی ختم کر کے لندن سے واپس پاکستان جا کر سیاست شروع کرنے کا ارادہ رکھتے تھے۔ ان کی ممکنہ نئی سیاسی جماعت آل پاکستان مسلم لیگ اس ہفتے لندن میں اپنے سیاسی پروگرام کا اجرا کر رہی ہے۔

    ایم کیو ایم کے قائد الطاف حسین کہہ چکے ہیں کہ ڈاکٹر عمران فاروق کو پارٹی کے دشمنوں نے قتل کیا ہے اور اب یہ دشمن ان کی جان کے درپے ہیں۔

    دوسری جانب لندن میں پولیس ابھی تک قاتل کا سراغ لگانے کی کوشش کر رہی ہے جس کے بارے میں ایک عینی شاہد کا کہنا ہے کہ وہ کوئی ایشیائی شخص تھا۔

  • MQM prepares legal action against UK media campaign Tuesday, September 28, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/28-09-2010/ethenews/t-926.htm

    LONDON: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has angrily rubbished reports that its assassinated Convenor Dr Imran Farooq was planning to leave the party to join the new party of former President Musharraf — All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

    After newspapers claimed that the rows within the MQM may have led to the assassination of Dr Imran Farooq or Dr Imran Farooq may have been about to endorse or join new party set up by Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf, a senior leader of the MQM said that the party was preparing legal action media houses on the grounds of “libel and defamation”.

    The London-based senior leader said the party was already in talks with its legal team over the damaging speculation while there is a live police investigation into the killing of Dr Imran Farooq.

    “There is a limit to what can be tolerated. There should be a clear difference between the objective reporting and the reports based on hearsay and propaganda. We have taken advice from our legal experts over such innuendo which is skewed at damaging the party and its ideology,” said the source.

    The source said that Dr Imran Farooq was a committed party stalwart and reports that he was about to leave the party were part of the smear campaign, launched in the wake of his killing in London.

    Pervez Musharraf has expressed his sorrows at the killing of Dr Imran Farooq, 50, in a brutal knife attack outside his Edgware home on the evening of 16th September, but he has remained silent over how closely he knew the murdered leader and whether there is any truth to the rumours that Dr Imran was planning to lend support to Musharraf’s upcoming political party.

    But a key Musharraf aide also maintained yesterday that no one in the Musharraf’s camp was aware that Imran Farooq had any plan to catapult himself on stage with Musharraf on the 1st October when the exiled leader will announce the launch of his party.

    The party clearly has a fear that “dark forces” are active to take advantage from the situation created after the killing of Dr Imran Farooq.

    The murder investigation, being led by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism branch because of the political dimension to the killing, has so far failed to make any breakthrough and that’s the reason the Scotland Yard issued an appeal to catch the killers of Dr Imran Farooq through his widow Shumaila Imran last Thursday.

    A security official, however, confirm to The News that the police is keeping an open mind about the possible motives behind the killing of Dr Imran Farooq and was making progress in piecing together the evidence it has gathered.

    The senior MQM leader, who spoke to The News on Monday, said the MQM’s enemies had come into action. He said the British media was being fed lies and propaganda from the traditional anti-MQM elements which has nothing to do with the reality and the media was taking it for facts, unfortunately.

    “The way things are being turned against MQM have hallmarks of conspiracy all over it. Those running this campaign want to defame and malign MQM as they are scared of the rising popularity of the party all over Pakistan,” said the leader vowing that every move will be resisted and anyone found making baseless allegations against the party will be taken to the courts.

    Since the death of Dr Imran, the MQM leadership has appealed to the British government to step up the security of its founder and leader Altaf Hussain. The senior MQM leader confirmed that it was talking to the British government about the security of Altaf Hussain and had conveyed its concerns to the authorities.
    He told The News the worry of the party — that there is a bigger and more sinister plot against the party and its top leader — got currency after the idea of the “change of the leadership” was floated in some media circles, notably in a recent confrontational BBC interview with Muhammad Anwar, one of nearly three dozens MQM Rabita Committee members.

    Anwar told the programme that a lot of things the British media said were a propaganda spread out by the Pakistani establishment. “The British media and NGOs are overwhelmed by the propaganda spread always by the Pakistani establishment. We don’t believe what the Pakistani establishment says. We are clean.”The party leader, who spoke to The News, said such lines of questioning smacked of a “plot” against the party and its mission to help create a liberal and progressive Pakistan.

  • Mr Alvi,you are Wrong about one thing,MQM was & not is the Sole Representative Party of Karachi.First of all One must think himself as a Pakistani & not as as any other Sectarian styled person.MQM was a bad experiment by Zia-ul-Haq,meant for Diminishing the Political Control of Jamaat-i- Islami in 1979.That is why,In Karachi,Unstability of Adminstration Control was her fate during the 80’s & 90’s & till date.

  • Bhit Shah address: Altaf warns govt against sending ISI chief to US court December 26, 2010 http://tribune.com.pk/story/94735/altaf-asks-supporters-if-mqm-should-quit-coalition/

    MQM HATES ISI http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:76sYEwgh0i8J:www.mqm.org/English-News/Feb-2002/letter_kofiannan_260202.htm+MQM+Convenor+Dr+Imran+Farooq%27s+letter+to+UN+Secretary+General+Mr+Kofi+Annan&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=pk&client=firefox-a

    26 February 2002

    Mr Kofi Annan
    Secretary General
    The United Nations
    U N Plaza, New York 10017
    USA

    Dear Secretary-General

    RE: ISI IS BEHIND THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL

    I hope that you are in good health and spirit. I know that you are one of the busiest person in the world and, therefore, I will try and keep this letter short, as much as possible which is about the subject mentioned above.

    After the horrific terrorist acts against the United States of America on 11th September 2001, the United Nations, United States of America and the entire sovereign nations, peace loving political leaders including Mr Altaf Hussain, Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the third largest political party in Pakistan and the second largest in the province of Sindh, strongly condemned the cowardly acts of terrorism in the United States of America. MQM held the biggest rally on 26th. September 2001 in Karachi (port city of Pakistan) to demonstrate its solidarity that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the international community against all sorts of terrorists’ acts and terrorism throughout the world. MQM also offered its unconditional support to the international community against all sorts of terrorism.

    As you would know that one of the journalists of the Wall Street Journal, Mr Daniel Pearl was kidnapped on 23rd January 2002 in Karachi. The kidnappers put certain demands for the release of Mr Daniel Pearl. The present Military Government of Pakistan and its high officials were assuring the entire world that the Authorities and police will recover Mr Daniel Pearl alive within two or three days but failed.

    Pakistan’s interior minister on Friday predicted a “major breakthrough” and more arrests within 48 hours in the search for Daniel Pearl. The official rejected a claim from Pearl’s self-confessed kidnapper that the Wall Street Journal reporter is dead.
    Los Angeles Times, Breakthrough Expected in Kidnap Case, Pakistan Says, February 16, 2002

    No one has explained why Sheikh Omar was held in ISI custody for a week before civilian authorities were informed of his arrest. Two former ISI officers have been questioned about Pearl’s murder.
    The Observer, Vicious Web of Intrigue that Trapped Daniel Pearl, February 24, 2002

    Mr Daniel Pearl was decapitated ruthlessly. What plans had been made by the ISI in collusion with Ahmed Omar Sheikh while he was in its custody only God knows! The Interior Minister of Pakistan and even President General Pervez Musharraf were not aware of this plan.

    Not only in Pakistan but also throughout the world, the educated and politically aware people know that the ISI is above all the institutions and even above the law in Pakistan. ISI is a State within a State. ISI is not answerable to the Presidents, Prime Ministers or anyone else.

    ‘They are a state within a state… ‘The ISI is the only institution powerful enough to
    dare to disobey the President.’
    The Guardian, Torture, treachery and spies – cover war in Afghanistan, November 4, 2001

    The ISI is responsible for harbouring the terrorists’ not only in Pakistan but also throughout the world under the pretext of “Jihad”. The ISI is not at all happy with the decisions taken by the present Government for eradicating religious fanatics, as they are its own creation.

    The ISI and only the ISI is behind this barbaric killing of Mr Daniel Pearl because the ISI wanted to give the message to the USA that by supporting the present Government the USA will not be able to achieve its goals and the United States of America must deal with the ISI and not with anybody else; and if the United States of America would continue to support the present Government then they have to face and see many more barbaric acts.

    From early on in the Pearl investigation, ISI involvement was evident.
    The Observer, Vicious Web of Intrigue that Trapped Daniel Pearl, February 24, 2002

    Dear Secretary-General,

    The ISI has become a monster and until and unless the ISI is disbanded or dismantled, my apprehensions are that the ISI will continue to form, fertilise, harbour, train and provide financial support to create more and more religious fanatical groups like Jesh-e-Mohammad and others.

    The intelligence agency’s past actions indicate that its interests – or, at a minimum, those of former agency officials – have often dovetailed with the interests of Mr. Pearl’s kidnappers, as reflected in their original demands. New disclosures of links between Mr. Sheikh and two recently dismissed agency officials only intensify suspicions about its role in this case.
    The New York Times, Death of Reporter Puts Focus on Pakistan’s Intelligence Unit, February 25, 2002

    Dear Secretary-General,

    I request you to convey my apprehensions to the International Community including the United States of America and its allies and to use your good office to ask the Government of Pakistan to dismantle the ISI. I would also request you that for the dismantling of the ISI, full support and active involvement of the United Nations, USA and the International Community would be required otherwise the present Government or any other Government in Pakistan would not be able to dismantle the ISI.

    I also request you that if the United Nations Organisations and international community seriously and sincerely want to see the entire world free from any source of terrorism, they must take serious and practical steps and actions for completely wiping out the ISI otherwise, it would be too late for the world’s sorrow and tears. The killings of innocent people would be the fate of the world.

    Thank you for giving me your precious time.

    Yours truly,

    Dr Imran Farooq
    Convenor

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