Islamabad - An anti-terrorism court of Islamabad will today (Monday) resume the hearing of Muttahida Quami Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi will conduct the hearing of the case in which he had previously granted Federal Investigation Agency fourteen days physical remand of three suspects including Moazzam Ali Khan, Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin Ali for their alleged role in the murder case.

During the hearing, FIA official Shehzad Zafar had submitted an application seeking fourteen days physical remand of the suspects for further investigation. However, the counsels for the accused raised objections over it and requested the court not to extend the physical custody.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge had granted FIA fourteen days physical remand of the suspects in this high-profile case.

In this matter, the counter-terrorism wing of the law enforcement agency has registered a case against the MQM chief Altaf Hussain, Muhammad Anwar, Iftikhar Hussain, Kashif Khan Kamran, Syed Mohsin Ali, Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim.

The FIA’s counter-terrorism wing in Islamabad has registered the case for conspiracy, assistance, abetment and ultimately assassination of Dr Imran Farooq, ex-parliamentarian and senior member of MQM, in London in Sept 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.

The government of Pakistan through FIA’s counter-terrorism wing is the complainant in the case. MQM leader Dr Farooq was stabbed and bludgeoned to death near his apartment in Green Lane, London, in September 2010.