ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is considering handing over the main accused in murder of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq to the UK through Interpol after the government yesterday detained all the three for another period of 90 days, The Nation has learnt. Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali Syed were under the custody of law enforcement agencies for a period of 90 days under Protection of Pakistan Act (PoPA), 2014.

The federal government extended their detention for another period of 90 days after their previous period has expired, an official of the Ministry of Interior said. Dr Imran Farooq , one of the founding members of the MQM, was stabbed to death outside his house in London in September 2010. The official sources in the Ministry of Interior said that the government had decided handing over the accused to the UK through Interpol only for the purpose of completion of murder trial in the Britain. The UK authorities had conveyed to Pakistan that this high-profile murder trial could not be concluded in the UK till the main accused were not brought to justice.

"The government had considered this because the UK and Pakistan has no extradition treaty," an officer of the Ministry of Interior said adding the government had asked the UK to first get red warrants of the three accused from Interpol, a pre-condition to hand over any accused to foreign country through international police. "The British authorities have not got issued the red warrants of three accused through Interpol yet,” the officer said.

Under the PoPA, any accused couldn't be detained for a period exceeding 90 days and the government has taken this decision while raking on board the Ministry of Law. The sub-section 1 of section 6 of PoPA says, "The government, by an order in writing, may authorise the detention of a person for a period specified in the order shall not exceed 90 days if the government has reasonable grounds to believe that such person is acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, security, defence of Pakistan or any part thereof or external affairs of Pakistan or public order or maintenance of supplies and service."

The federal government earlier had given access to the Scotland Yard to all the three accused, the team probed the suspected in two rounds and had recently concluded investigations in Pakistan. The federal government had separately formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the accused. Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan, in June this year, had claimed to arrest Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali near Chaman border while trying to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan. These two suspects were facing charges that they travelled from Pakistan to the UK, killed Dr Imran Farooq and left London soon after the incident.

Rangers had arrested Moazzam Ali Khan from Azizabad area of Karachi in April this year and now he is facing charges of facilitating the killers of Dr Imran Farooq in getting the UK visas, getting admission in a college there and arranging their air tickets and accommodations there.