KARACHI - Dr Imran Farooq, 50, was the founding member of the MQM. He was born on June 14, 1960. Dr Farooq was one of the few key figures who laid the foundation of All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (AP-MSO) in 1978 and elected as the secretary general of APMSO in 1982. Dr Farooq became the first secretary general of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) in 1984 after its formation. In 1985, he got his MBBS degree from Sindh Medical College. He was elected as MNA in 1988 general elections, and served as the first parliamentary leader of MQM in National Assembly. In 1990, he once again secured the seat of National Assembly and nominated as a parliamentary leader of MQM. He spent more than seven years in hiding during the operation against the MQM which started on June 19, 1992. While remaining underground, Dr Farooq proved to an undercurrent for the party workers in difficult circumstances. Dr Farooq managed to reach London in 1999 and was made the Convener of the MQM Rabita Committee. He got married with Shu-maila Farooq on February 13, 2004 in London. He left two children, one widow, parents, one brother and seven sisters. He will always be remembered in the party for promoting discipline and restructuring party on strong ideological lines. His departure has created a vacuum which will never be fulfilled. He wrote a number of organisational literature and revolutionary poems for the party. Dr Farooq remained a close associate of Altaf Hussain since partys establishment.