ISLAMABAD -  Khalid Shamim, a key suspect in the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq, Thursday confessed to his role in the murder and alleged Altaf Hussain was also involved.

“September 16 was chosen as the date for Farooq’s murder as it was meant to be a gift for Altaf Hussain on his birthday,” said Shamim in his confessional statement.

He added that a sum of 25,000 pounds was sent to him through Iftikhar Hussain, which was spent on travel arrangements.

The Federal Investigation Agency submitted the confessional statement in an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad Thursday.

“After Imran Farooq’s murder, I asked Kashif Khan Kamran to immediately leave the country on the first available flight,” said the accused in his statement submitted in court.

Shamim also alleged that Mohammad Anwar had instructed workers in South Africa to stop the pair from reaching Pakistan. The accused further added that Kashif, Mohsin and he had left the country for Afghanistan through the Chaman border crossing. After staying in Afghanistan for five years, Mohsin and he decided to return to the country while Kashif rejected the decision.

Last year, FIA arrested Khalid Shamim and Moazzam along with Mohsin Ali for their alleged role in the murder of Dr Farooq. Earlier this year, a video of Shamim emerged, who was being held at the Adiala jail at that time, in which Shamim alleged that MQM chief Altaf Hussain was involved in Imran Farooq’s murder.

SHAHID RAO adds: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday accepted a petition filed by accused Moazzam Ali’s wife seeking speedy trial in MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

A division bench of the IHC headed by Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing of the petition moved by the accused’s wife Sadia Bano through her counsel Nazia Bibi and directed the trial court for early disposal of the case.

The petitioner had prayed before the court to direct Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad to conclude the trial of Imran Farooq murder case by conducting hearing on daily basis in this matter. In her petition, Sadia Bano contended before the court that the trial had been pending since December 2015 without any conclusion and the FIA failed to produce a single witness before the ATC till now. 

Moreover, she argued that no FIA prosecutor was appointed for the last 10 months in this matter.

The petitioner said that her family had been facing a lot of problems due to long distance between the two cities of Karachi and Islamabad and it was not possible for her and the family to easily meet her husband Moazzam Ali in jail.

She stated that her husband had been behind the bars since long without any fault and for family members to meet, it involved not only a huge distance to cover but a hefty amount.

Bano maintained that her husband had been running a travel agency for the last 15 years when he was picked up by the security services on April 12, 2015 and was shifted to Islamabad where he was facing trial before ATC.

Therefore, she prayed to the court to direct the respondents to conclude the trial as early as possible after conducting hearing on daily basis.