Islamabad - A local anti-terrorism court will resume the hearing of Muttahida Quami Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case today (Monday). Three men including Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin Ali, who are accused of their role in the murder of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq, are facing trial before the court in this matter.

Earlier, the ATC judge handed over the accused to the Federal Investigation Agency for 14 more days for questioning and ordered them to produce the accused in the court again on January 18. Later, two of them including Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin gave sworn testimony that party leader Mohammad Anwar issued a direct order to murder Imran Farooq, a senior party figure, in London in 2010.

As a result, Pakistan’s bid to try Anwar for killing Farooq received a significant boost from confessions given to the Islamabad court by Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin.

Shamim said that the pair had received orders from MQM leader Altaf Hussain and Anwar, the second most powerful figure in the party. Pakistan has launched murder proceedings in the case after the British Metropolitan Police failed to act against Anwar. Pakistan officials want Anwar extradited to face charges in his homeland. Magistrate Captain (Retd) Muhammad Shoaib recorded the confessional statements of both the accused including Syed Mohsin and Khalid Shamim under section 164.

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. After their confessional statement, they were sent to Adiala jail until January 21 on 14 days judicial remand.

Now, their statement has legal status and could be produced before the trial court as evidence against the accused involved in this murder case. 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 and 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. The counterterrorism wing of the law-enforcement agency has registered a case against Syed Mohsin Ali, Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim.

The FIA’s counterterrorism wing has registered the case for “conspiracy, assistance, abetment and ultimately the assassination and murder of Dr Imran Farooq, ex-parliamentarian and senior member of MQM in London in September 2010.”

The case has been registered under sections 302, 34, 109, 120B of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty.