Islamabad - Chief Commissioner Office Islamabad yesterday issued a notification for conducting trial of the accused of Imran Farooq murder in jail, the sources told The Nation yesterday.

They said a notification to this effect was issued under the signatures of the chief commissioner, being the chief officer of the provincial government (Islamabad Capital Territory). The decision comes a day after one of the accused managed to talk to the media in the local court premises which annoyed the higher authorities.

Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan taking notice of the media talk of the accused Khalid Shamim had ordered suspension of in-charge police guard which escorted the accused from jail to the district courts. In a statement, he said such comments could cast a negative impact on the trial. Following the notification, the accused would be tried in the jail.

On Thursday, one of the suspects in the Imran Farooq murder case had shown willingness to become a prosecution witness against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leadership. Khalid Shamim made a short, unofficial statement to the media while being taken to jail after his court appearance in Islamabad’s anti-terrorism court (ATC). When a reporter asked him if he would become a prosecution witness, the blindfolded suspect replied in the affirmative. His suspected accomplice, Mohsin Ali, preferred to remain silent except for the time he was allowed to meet his family members. Khalid Shamim also requested the people to support him in taking the case to the International Court of Justice, claiming the MQM leadership has links with foreign intelligence agencies. He specifically named America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Great Britain’s Military Intelligence (MI6) for supporting MQM chief Altaf Hussain and Muhammad Anwar, among others.

ATC-I Judge Kausar Abbas had sent the suspects back to jail on remand for another 14 days. They are to be presented in the court again on February 4. The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), which is led by its London-based supremo Altaf Hussain, has denied any connection with assassination of senior party leader and founding member, Dr Imran Farooq, who was killed in London in 2010.