Dr Imran Farooq and his leader Altaf Hussain chose to live in London because they feared assassination in Pakistan. Like his master, Dr Farooq had been anted in Pakistan for a number of murders and attempted murders and was among the beneficiaries of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (repealed) which gave political leaders an amnesty for their alleged crimes. The party figures were also involved in killings in Karachi. The MQM, which was considered close to the military establishment, was in a fragile alliance with the PPP during the Musharaf era. Now the party is worried about the investigation of Dr. Imran Farooq' murder case, because London police knocked the door of the party chief's home and searched it. For decades London has served as a safe haven for all political leaders and their 'partners,' somewhere they could enjoy complete safety from prosecution by Pakistani courts. After the murder of Dr Imran Farooq, we may see an end to London as a safe haven for the sub-continent's gangster politics.


Islamabad, July 11.