Islamabad - Special Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad yesterday extended the judicial remand for 32 days of 3 accused arrested for their alleged involvement in Muthida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

ATC judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi was to conduct hearing of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case but no proceedings were held as the judge was on leave.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was to submit the notification regarding the appointment of prosecutor in this matter while the counsels for the accused were to argue on the jurisdiction of this court to hear this murder case. But, no proceedings were held in absence of the judge.

Now, the court will take up this matter again on August 16 for further proceedings.

Currently, three men including Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin Ali 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 Hussein 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.

Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin Ali were arrested last year. They are accused of conspiring with MQM leader Altaf Hussain and his aides Muhammad Anwar, Iftikhar Hussain, Kashif Khan Kamran in the murder of their party colleague Dr Farooq who was stabbed and bludgeoned to death near his apartment in London’s Green Lanes in September 2010.