Even after eight years, the family of Imran Farooq is denied justice. Justice delayed is justice denied; Farooq family still awaits justice.
Eight years ago, Dr. Imran Farooq, the former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, was killed in London. Dr. Imran Farooq’s widow, Shumaila Imran Farooq has reached out to a British court of law and appealed that the culprits get the due prosecution and punishment.
On the 16th of September 2018, Dr. Imran Farooq was murdered on Green Lane, Edgware as he was walking home from work. The murderers, Mohsin Ali Syed and Kashif Khan Kamran had ties with the All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organization (APMSO) and then MQM, respectively. After killing Imran Farooq, they fled to Pakistan via Heathrow airport to Colombo and then landed in Karachi, where they were arrested by Pakistani authorities. It is believed by most that Kashif Khan Kamran died in the police custody while the others rot away in detention.
The death of Imran Farooq shook Britain and Pakistan. On the 8th anniversary of her husband’s murder, Shumaila Imran Farooq sent out a message stating that the16th of September is “a very painful and sad day” for her. She further wrote that her sons Alishaan Farooq and Wejdaan Farooq, aged 13 and 11 respectively are praying for justice to be served. She expressed her heart’s desire in the words: “My wish is that those who killed him are caught. Ameen”.
Imran Farooq’s widow and both her sons’ are looking forward for justice to be served by the culprits being punished, but they have acknowledged the fact that the killers will ever be prosecuted in Britain unless both Pakistan and Britain stop playing bickering games over the murder.
As the 8th death anniversary of her husband approached, the sill grieving widow took both her sons to the grave of their father in Karachi. Shumaila Imran Farooq, Alishaan and Wejdaan Farooq were in Karachi last month to visit Imran Farooq’s grave.
The elder son, Alishaan Farooq, took to Twitter yesterday to express his grief and vent out. He wrote “Dear abbu, i hope you have a great time in heaven and are watching me and my little brother grow as people. I hope that you are seeing the struggles my Ammi has gone through.”
Right around the time, Imran Farooq was killed, he was on the outs with the founder of MQM, Altaf Hussain. Imran Farooq was working on forming his own political party, that once formed would split the MQM vote bank. This is why, the media widely blamed Altaf Hussain for the murder as he has the most to gain. However, no evidence that linked Altaf Hussain to the murder of Imran Farooq was found.
Unofficially, many police sources have confirmed that due to the legal squabble between UK and Pakistan, the case has reached a deadlock. The authorities from both the countries are busy in the blame game while the family of the deceased suffer since they are being denied justice. The UK authorities blame the Pakistani authorities for not for not sharing the details of the killers and the modus operandi of the arrest and putting the investigation in jeopardy. Pakistan argues that it doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the UK and pinpoints all the instances where Pakistan sent suspects to Britain, involved in grave crimes – who fled to Pakistan after committing crimes here to receive sanctuary in the UK.
Chaudhary Nisar vigorously pursued the Imran Farooq murder case during his tenure as the Interior Minister. He tried his level best to get the case resolved, but all his efforts went in vain as the Pakistan and Britain law enforcing agencies could not reach an agreement.
Presently, the Imran Khan led PTI is in power and Shaheryar Afridi has been appointed as the state minister for Interior. Dealing with the case is now his responsibility. How the PTI government tackles the case, ends the stalemate and ensures that the deceased’s family gets justice will be an interesting watch for all.
The British government has offered conditional extradition of three main accused in the case.
Sources said Pakistan Interior ministry had given a dossier to a delegation of UK Home Department visiting Pakistan last year in which Pakistan had demanded extradition of the tree main culprits of Imran Farooq murder case.
Sources said in reply to the dossier the UK Home Department offered on the written assurance from the Pakistan authorities to hand over the accused including MQM founder, Altaf Hussain that they would not be awarded death sentence.
Sources said formal negotiations would start in next few weeks between the two countries in the light of the UK condition.
On the other hand, the government has started legal consultation on the UK’s conditional offer of handing over the three main accused, MQM founder Altaf Hussain, Muhammad Anwar and Iftikhar Hussain to Pakistan.
Sources in Ministry of Law said that in the presence of death sentence law, the government cannot give any written assurance to the UK as the court would decide their punishment.