A Pakistani politician who was exiled has been murdered just outside of his residence in north London, it has been announced. It is believe that Mr Imran Farooq, who was a member of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party, was attacked on Green Lane in Edgware, near a used sofa for sale shop. The London Metropolitan Police stated that a 50-year-old Asian man had been killed after having suffered multiple head injuries and stab wounds. A serious assault was reported to have taken place at around 1730BST, after which the main was being treated by paramedics before he was declared dead just over an hour later at 1837BST, where the scene of the incident had taken place.
His next of kin were informed and no arrests have yet been made. It is understood that leaders of the MQM had been living in exile in London for the past 18 years and that security forces had been searching for Dr Farooq for a considerable length of time. In Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, the MQM is the major party and Dr Farooq was one of its founding m embers.
Shoaib Hasan of the BBC said that he had spoken to other members of the party and that there was a great deal of grief and sorrow amongst them. Meanwhile, it is also alleged that Dr Farooq had been living in England since 1992 and had not returned to Pakistan since. He also admitted that the political party had a violent past; it is also known that Dr Farooq claimed political asylum in the UK, alleging that all charges made against him back in his own country were politically motivated. It is also alleged that he had been campaigning against the former Pakistani government from his exile in London. The parents of Imran Farooq said that they had a great deal of faith in the Metropolitan Police, who will be investigating the event in the coming days and weeks as they begin searching for the killer. Mr Hasan also said that Dr Farooq was the MGM’s deputy leader and that he had been living in exile in London since 1999.