ISLAMABAD - A breakthrough in the investigations of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case is expected in a few days as the government is considering different options on the request of the British authorities to give an access to the alleged main facilitator in the killing case, who was recently arrested in Pakistan.

Well-placed sources in the Ministry of Interior revealed that a high-level British functionary held a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the other day and asked him about the outcome of his country’s request for an enhanced cooperation in the case.

The sources in the ministry said the government would take a final decision within a few days on the request of the British authorities seeking access to Moazzam Ali Khan, the main accused in the Imran Farooq murder case.

The British authorities had sought Pakistan’s cooperation after the arrest of Moazzam Ali Khan by Rangers from the Azizabad area of Karachi that was described as the key facilitator in the killing of the MQM leader in London.

British High Commission Philip Barton had met with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after Moazzam’s arrest and the minister had publicly said that the murder case of Dr Imran Farooq had been discussed at the meeting. The minister had said that the envoy had been informed of the arrest of Moazzam Ali Khan from Karachi and the government wanted to take this case to its logical end.

Some days back, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had told the press that Moazzam Ali Khan, the main facilitator in the high-profile killing case, would be handed over to the British authorities if a similar kind of spirit was shown from the other side. He had said that this cooperation should not be one-sided. At the moment, Pakistan and UK have no extradition treaty. The government could use the option of extradition of Moazzam Ali Khan to the UK, the sources said.

The sources further revealed the government could also decide that Scotland Yard should be given access to Moazzam Ali Khan to investigate the case in Pakistan.

Moazzam Ali Khan is presently into the custody of Rangers on a 90-day remand and facing charges of facilitating the two alleged killers who had left the UK soon after the killing of Dr Imran Farooq . These two killers had come back to Pakistan and it is being believed that both of them are now into the custody of the security agencies. Soon after the arrest of Moazzam Ali Khan, the interior minister had announced that the accused had facilitated the alleged killers in securing their admissions in an educational institution of the UK, getting British visas and arranging accommodation for them in Britain.



Monitoring Desk adds: Two new names have been made part of the ongoing Scotland Yard investigation in connection with the money laundering charges being faced by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leadership including its chief Altaf Hussain, reported a private TV channel on Tuesday.

Two individuals identified as Latif Jiva and Yaseen Haji have been included in the London money laundering investigation being conducted by Scotland Yard.

Latif Jiva was taken into custody on January 12 as he drew police attention following the transfer of 400,000 dollars into his bank account from a company owned by MQM.

Later, Jiva had transferred the money from UK to Dubai where it was received by an individual linked to MQM.

Latif Jiva said that a man associated with MQM had contacted him and that the money that landed into his account was intended for investment. He said he had no clue that he would get into so much trouble later on. Earlier, Jiva was facing a case of fraud in London.