Islamabad - Special Anti-Terrorism Court yesterday turned down bail plea of one Moazzam Ali who was arrested in connection with the murder case of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq.

ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi conducted hearing of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case and announced the decision which was reserved earlier after hearing the arguments of both the sides.

During the hearing, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also submitted an interim charge-sheet in Imran Farooq murder case and all the three arrested persons were declared as accused in the case. The court also directed the FIA to complete the charge-sheet as soon as possible.

The interim challan termed Mohsin Ali as the prime suspect in the murder case while Khalid and Moazzam have been called his facilitators. It also delineated information about the travel history of the accused, along with the statements of as many as four travel agents. Statements of all three accused have also been included in the charge-sheet.

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 Hussain 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 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.