Islamabad - A division bench of the Islamabad High Court yesterday issued notices to the federation and investigation officer in a bail plea of Moazzam Ali arrested for his alleged role in the murder of Muttahida Quami Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq.

The dual bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah also directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) investigation officer to appear before the court with complete record of the case on May 17.

The accused Moazzam Ali moved the court through his counsel Mansoor Afridi Advocate and adopted before the court that he has got no direct or indirect nexus with the murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq.

The counsel for Moazzam contended before the court that murder took place in London, the accused was arrested from Karachi and the case was registered in Islamabad. He added that Pakistani investigating authorities have been prosecuting against his client on the basis that he has been a facilitator in this matter whereas there has been no evidence against his client for involvement in this case. Therefore, the counsel prayed to the court to grant bail to his client till final adjudication of this matter. Currently, three men including Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin Ali, all accused of involvement in the murder of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq, are facing their trial before the court in this matter.

Two of them including Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin have given sworn testimony that party leader Mohammad Anwar issued a direct order to murder Imran Farooq, a senior party figure, in London in 2010. Shamim said that the pair had received orders from MQM leader Altaf Hussain and Anwar, the second most powerful figure in the party. Three men have been arrested for killing Farooq but only two accused opted to make confessional statements at the court hearing while Moazzam Ali refrained.