ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Interior yesterday rejected media reports that it had sought extradition of three accused, including MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, from UK who are wanted by Pakistan in murder case of Dr Imran Farooq.
The ministry in a statement further clarified that London Metropolitan Police Scotland Yard has not sought extradition of all three accused from Pakistan who are facing trial of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case in the local courts.
According to some media reports , Pakistan has demanded extradition of Altaf Hussain, Muhammad Anwar and Iftikhar Hussain from UK to probe them in the case registered in Pakistan. Some media reports also suggest that UK had also sought extradition of three accused, including Moazzam Ali Khan, Syed Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim from Pakistan.
“The investigation in the case is passing through different phases and any demand from Scotland Yard at the moment is useless and before time,” the ministry said. We have not received any application from Scotland Yard about extradition of accused arrested in Pakistan, it said. The media reports in the regard are baseless and could have negative impact on the investigations of the case. The ministry requested media to avoid speculations.
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in December had registered a case against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and six other accused, including a senior party leader, for allegedly conspiring, abetting and killing Dr Imran Farooq in London in 2010.
Counter-Terrorism Wing (CTW) of FIA had registered a case against Altaf Hussain, two MQM leaders, Muhammad Anwar as well as Iftikhar Hussain and Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim, Kashif Khan Kamran and Syed Mohsin Ali for allegedly murdering senior MQM leader and ex-parliamentarian Dr Imran Farooq in September 2010 in London. Moazzam Ali Khan, Syed Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim, the three other accused nominated in the FIR, are facing probe of FIA.