Imran Farooq (1960-2010) Murdered: What Happened? What Will Happen Now?

Posted on September 16, 2010
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The murder of Dr. Imran Farooq – one of the founders of MQM, a central figure in the development of the party and a key architect of its conceptual and ideological foundations – in London has sent shock around Pakistani political circles, particularly in Karachi.

Once second in prominence in MQM circles only to Altaf Hussain, Imran Farooq has been out of political news for many years now and had distanced himself – or been distanced – from mainstream day-to-day MQM affairs. The reasons why have remained unclear but the stuff of rumor mills. His murder in London is bound to reignite the rumor mills again. Indeed, they already have.

It remains unclear what happened in London. But it is clear that the repercussions of what happened there will be felt in Karachi and beyond well into and after the 10-day “mourning period” declared by MQM. Right now all television channels seem more engrossed in showing MQM leader Altaf Hussain’s near hysterical breakdown at MQM’s London offices, but we need to also begin thinking through the many critical questions that remain unanswered: Was this a run of the mill mugging and murder in a large international metropolis, or an international political targeting? If the later, who was behind it and why? But most important of all: what, if anything, does this mean for MQM; and by extension for Karachi and Pakistan?

Details still remain sketchy and there are more rumors floating than facts. This report from Dawn lays out the essential details:

Dr Imran Farooq, a founding leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the organisation’s first secretary general, was assassinated in London on Thursday evening. Dr Farooq also served as the party’s only convener.

Television reports, quoting party and family sources, said Dr Farooq was attacked by some unidentified men with daggers near his London residence. He died of multiple wounds. But according to one source, a lone assailant had been lying in wait inside the apartment block where Dr Farooq lived on the first floor. He was attacked with a knife when he was climbing the stairs. He died on the spot.

At first the MQM leadership tried to keep the murder under wraps. Meetings in different cities to mark the 57th birthday of the party’s founding leader, Altaf Hussain, were suddenly cancelled for “unavoidable reasons” and supporters were told by senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar to go home. Tens of thousands of people had assembled in different places in Karachi, Hyderabad and other towns in Sindh to celebrate their leader’s birthday.

At the same time, the MQM leadership in Karachi and London went into closed-door sessions to discuss the situation arising out of the development. Reports from London said the police had cordoned off the apartment block and preliminary investigations had begun. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far and no arrests have been made.

Dr Imran Farooq is remembered by Muttahida loyalists as one of the key figures who laid the foundation for the All Pakistan Mohajir Students’ Organisation (APMSO), which eventually turned out to be a forerunner of the MQM. During the early 1980s, the APMSO was converted into a fully fledged political party to advocate the cause of the Urdu-speaking popuce, mainly in Karachi and other parts of urban Sindh. With Altaf Hussain as its leader, the bespectacled Dr Farooq was appointed secretary general of the party. He was also regarded as one of the main ideologues and the brain behind education of the party cadre.

When in 1992 Altaf Hussain went into self-imposed exile in the wake of a military crackdown, Dr Farooq went underground in Karachi, running the party from hiding. Although he was declared absconder by the then government, he continued to dodge the authorities. Eventually he managed to slip out of the country on a fake passport and under an assumed name. After arriving in London, he applied for political asylum. In the initial years he was one of the main players who helped Altaf Hussain oversee the party’s restructuring from London.

However, a couple of years ago differences emerged, sending Dr Farooq into obscurity. Since then he had been living the life of a recluse, with no role in party affairs. Even then his brutal killing sent the Muttahida rank and file into a daze, leaving them searching for answers.

70 Comments on “Imran Farooq (1960-2010) Murdered: What Happened? What Will Happen Now?”

    September 16th, 2010 11:18 pm

    Murder is always sad. But why are they holding all of Karachi hostage with forcing schools to lose and this 10 day mourning!

  2. Humaira says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:21 pm

    Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajeoon

  3. Jawad says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:25 pm

    His murder in Karachi, should read his murder in London.

  4. Amjad says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:34 pm

    This is an inside job. The drama that Altaf is doing with his crocodile tears is so very artificial that he is probably the one behind this. I guess sending a message to MQM workers of threat.

  5. Baig says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:36 pm

    What will happen? MQM is already doing its ghundagardi in Karachi?

    Why? This guy was killed in London, he lived in London, he has not been in Karachi for years. So why is Karachi being punished for his murder?

  6. Rumaisa says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:37 pm

    Here we are talking about a senior leader of an elected party of Pakistan, someone who had been a key figure in the formulation of internal & external policies of this party. Someone who was not a feudal/ landlord and raised from a middle class neighbourhood… Someone who represented the talented youth of Pakistan, having a genuine qualification from a recognised university and made it to the parliament with huge support from the people of his constituency… Someone most of us would be easily ignoring as being a member of a party of emerging middle class, the fear factor of the ruling elite… Indeed, there will be more like him among us to fight for the cause of poor and under privileged.. We shall wait for them!!!

  7. Amjad says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:40 pm

    If that is right, then why did MQM have him killed?
    Look at the drama performance by Altaf Hussain, do you really think those are real tears? Why did Altaf Hussain kill Imran Farooq?

  8. Rumaisa says:
    September 16th, 2010 11:50 pm

    This is the the beginning of the true clash between feudalism and people power…

  9. HarOON says:
    September 17th, 2010 12:24 am

    This is going to mess up Pakistan’s image even more. Not only do we take our dirty laundry abroad, we even do our political murders abroad.

  10. Omar says:
    September 17th, 2010 1:09 am

    Here’s my guesses from apparent to hidden…:
    1- the establishment believes its the right time to have an mqm minus bhai…plus imran..but bhai did a azeem ahmed tariq on imran bhai!.
    2- it’s a first domino to achieve minus bhai.
    3- part of the bigger smokescreen to burst the inqalabi bubble bursting at the seams in pak…so as part of diversionary tactics….kuch honay jaraha is even more solidified. My take..nothing’s gonna honay ja raha hay at all..and even if kuch ho jata hay…there won’t be the slightest change to status quo.

    One thing appears to be evident if not that it’s related to current state of paki politics as there doesn’t appear to be a motive..its not mugging as the assassin was apparently waiting for him. My take is that the assassin is already assassinated by now or will be is the sop in most high profile assasinations.
    Unfortunately, the status quo will be defended at all cost.

    And Allah knows best.

  11. Adnan says:
    September 17th, 2010 2:03 am

    Most of the founding leaders of MQM have been killed(and it’s said by Altaf himself). First Azeem Tariq,then Khalid Bin Waleed and now Imran Farooq. Imran Farooq was expelled so was Aamir Liaquat in past because they did not agree with Altaf bai for certain issues. Killing of Imran Farooq sounds quite weird. Even MQM can’t blame ANP for that killing.

  12. Adnan says:
    September 17th, 2010 2:05 am

    So who’s next? other founding leaders like Saleem Shahzad or Sattar Bai?

  13. Shama Khan says:
    September 17th, 2010 2:22 am

    By killing soemone in London, it is clear that atleast MQM can not blame ANP and establishment or to demand to conduct an impartial inquiry into the incident.
    the thing that worries evryone that now Bhai is also not safe in London, he should packed his stuff and either move to a safer place 90 or somewhere where malak-ul mout can not reach………………….

  14. September 17th, 2010 2:56 am

    Altaf Hussain Killed Again this time Imran Farooq……….I would be surprise if Scotland Yard hide this conspiracy ………………….will see but no dobut at all that he has been killed by Altaf …..Altaf Kuttey tu bhie aik din kutey ki muat marei ga……..Allah zaloomon ko khoob saza dei ta hai

  15. mujtaba says:
    September 17th, 2010 4:40 am

    if the assasin is caught then it may help a lot to reveal the causes behind the murder. We should allow a little time for the police to do his homework.

  16. ktksoulja says:
    September 17th, 2010 6:23 am

    mqm is a mafia, and there is only one way traffic in mafia premises, u can’t just quit having absorbed so many secrets which can cost ur life

  17. ktksoulja says:
    September 17th, 2010 6:30 am

    @romaisa Someone most of us would be easily ignoring as being a member of a party of emerging middle class, the fear factor of the ruling elite…
    lets have a look at wht others say………
    US government(not ANP), in a 1998 report, declared MQM and its opponents as a ’cause of much of the violence’ in Karachi. Allegations of fostering the criminal elements and generating income through extortion and racketeering were also made in this report.[28] 2004 report published by United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services also support these allegations.

  18. ktksoulja says:
    September 17th, 2010 6:32 am

    On Nov 22, 2009, Pakistan government released the limited list of beneficiaries of legal act called National Reconciliation Ordinance which granted amnesty to politicians, political workers and bureaucrats who were accused of corruption, embezzlement, money-laundering, murder and terrorism between 1 January 1986 and October 12, 1999, the time between two Martial Laws. Two most significant personalities of MQM occupied the first two slots on the list. According to the list, Farooq had the second highest number of cases withdrawn – 23 , including five on charges of murder and four on attempt to murder after MQM leader Altaf Hussain

  19. Saira says:
    September 17th, 2010 7:18 am

    I am not an MQM supporter. But I think it is unbecoming to get into these conspiracy theories at this time. A father has been killed. Lets please not make everything drawing room talk.

  20. Mian Qambar Ali says:
    September 17th, 2010 7:26 am

    Why is Altaf Hussain now crying, dhaarain maar kay, when he had himself expelled him from the party. There is clearly something fishy here. If the MQM and Altaf are behind this and the Scotland Yard figure that out then that is the end of MQM in London.

  21. Naan Haleem says:
    September 17th, 2010 7:29 am

    Imran Farooq was not a mainstream leader for a long time and his killing wont discount MQM to least. I have long been having a feeling (for almost over an year) that MQM is in need of a SHAHEED mostly because of the political milage attached to having a SHAHEED. I am not pointing fingers or making speculations, but a (good) politician should play the SHAHEED CARD carefully for maximum results.

  22. Hanif says:
    September 17th, 2010 8:00 am

    People are blaming Altaf Hussain needlessly. You have to understand that these two were together at the very beginning and so their memories are personal and deeper than politics. These comments are very bad.

  23. September 17th, 2010 8:04 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook page:

    - “This will bring only more misery to ordinary Karachites.”
    - “Reap what you Sow!”
    - “Looks like an inside job”
    - “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un”
    - “makafat-e-amal sub k sath hona hay………
    inna lillah-e-wainna illehi rajioon”
    - “Aate k saath ghun pis gya,Aik ba amal or ba kirdar insan dunia se chala gya.Bohet he Dukh ki Baat hai.(Inna lilla-he- wa Inna alehe Rajeun).Mufadperest loge “SIASI FAIDAH” uthane ki koshish keren ge or Mulki imlak ko nuqsan pohnchaen ge.Ya Allah watn e azeez ki hifazat fermana(AAMEEN)”
    - “acha hai lanti mara. He was inactive for about 2 years aur ye log to kaam na karne wale bande ko marwa dete hain gunde hain sare MQM ke jo karachi main dandanate phir rahe hain aur wo bhi koi acha banda nahi tha 60 murder cases the is ke uper. jahannum ki aag main jalen ge including that big genda bhai jo pure karachi main masoom logon ko marwata hai especially pathanon ko.”
    - “Seems like Altaf was warned by someone or Altaf warned any case he lost his Life for a worthless cause..MQM is on its last pillars and soon when these go down NO MORE MQM…”
    - “its long planning,murder one man,close business and shops for 10days pathans own these bjsiness in karachi,how long will they bear the loss,frustrated pathan will soon leave karachi.this is what MQM wants, same they did with punjabis,they r murderers and can easily kill their own members.”
    - “For one moment I had smile on my face which is wiped away when I realised Imran Farooque is got killed instead of altaf Hussain!”
    - “Inside job done by Altaf bhai;)”

  24. NIhari says:
    September 17th, 2010 8:31 am

    Just out…Trotsky has been murdered…

  25. Waqas says:
    September 17th, 2010 9:11 am


    Since when can a middle class Pakistani afford to live in London, do you even know the rent of a simplest flat in London.

  26. killuminatus says:
    September 17th, 2010 9:26 am

    altaf bhai is using the names hanif,saira,romaisa etc to participate

  27. Adnan says:
    September 17th, 2010 10:36 am

    @Hanif: Azeem Tariq was more closer than Imran Farooq, the world know what happened with him and WHO did it.

  28. Naan Haleem says:
    September 17th, 2010 11:15 am

    Why was Imran Farooq not attending birthday gathering of Altaf Hussain? Were differences so severe?

  29. Floydian says:
    September 17th, 2010 12:35 pm

    Sad news. I thought once again Karachi would descent into anarchy and chaos which was experienced after BB’s murder. However, MQM leadership showed maturity by telling its workers to show restraint and remain calm and peaceful. But seriously, arson attacks, the closure of transport and markets, every time someone gets killed, needs to be done away with.

  30. Bangash says:
    September 17th, 2010 12:55 pm

    Never heard of the guy. Could be a robbery or internal rivalry in MQM. Makes no sense for anyone else to have eliminated him.

  31. Asim says:
    September 17th, 2010 1:05 pm

    I hope Zardari and next curse to be on Pakistan Balawal would go the same way soon.

  32. xainab says:
    September 17th, 2010 1:30 pm

    The murder of Dr. Imran Farooq seems to be a part of a conspiracy. Pakistani leaders are being assassinated and eliminated in Pakistan in a systematic manner by RAW, Mossad and CIA to create chaos and anarchy. So all the leaders will have to be more careful about their security.

    Such a threat has also made our beloved president Mr. Asif Ali Zardari a lame duck as he never leaves president house to mingle with the ordinary people.

  33. killuminatus says:
    September 17th, 2010 1:46 pm

    if so…… compliments to RAW or Mossad, carry on…..Altaf bhai must b on death row

  34. Asim says:
    September 17th, 2010 3:19 pm

    @ xainab

    “…our beloved president Mr. Asif Ali Zardari…”


  35. AlixKhan11 says:
    September 17th, 2010 3:21 pm

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  36. Faisal says:
    September 17th, 2010 4:01 pm

    This is called dark justice. He flew from Pakistan to escape his death but got killed under the best ever security. I m not pleased on his death niether i m sad. He was accused in Hakim Saeed Case and Salahuddin Case aswell.
    Lately i have also heard that he was preparing to launch his own party. Whatever has happend but there is one thing that i m impressed with the live performance of altaf bahi. Indeed we have got talent :))))))

  37. Mus says:
    September 17th, 2010 5:54 pm

    @Faisal: Agree with you.
    Imran Farooq’s past was not all that stainless.Farooq was alleged to have been involved in numerous terrorist activities including Hakeem Saeed and Salahuddin’s gruesome murders.
    He refused to face the courts and instead let other party workers face the wrath of rangers and the army while he himself went underground and eventually flew to London on a stolen passport.
    This is not the stuff leaders are made of.
    It takes guts and nerves made of steel to be a leader.Farooq did not pass the test.
    Another MQM leader/worker also tainted with murder charges is Saleem Shahzad,who,it is alleged escaped to India,only to re-appear in London several years later.

  38. jazeera says:
    September 17th, 2010 6:16 pm

    The irony is that i should be sad as a human life is lost…..but i am in rofl as i am watching altaf bhai crying….best comedy i have seen in years

  39. Joseph Brewster says:
    September 17th, 2010 6:45 pm

    Death of Dr. Farooq is a sad moment for Karachiites because they are the only ones who have to face the repercussions of this incident. While working on some assignment I received an SMS. I cannot claim whether its true or false but it said:

    “Imran Farooq has been killed by Altaf Bhai’s covert team becoz Dr. Imran had a secret group within MQM and he tried to launch a new faction with the name of MQM – Amn Pasand Group upon the instructions of Retd. General Pervez Musharraf few years back. He was to join the team of former dictator upon his return to country. Dr. Imran’s other key team members included Babar Ghauri, Former City Mayor Mostafa Kamal and Wasim Akhtar. This may be the reason for which they are not in limelight after this unpleasant incident back there in London”.

    Lets Pray that All ends well.
    Pakistan Zindabad.

  40. Z says:
    September 17th, 2010 8:49 pm

    May Allah forgive his sins and guide those who are left behind. Pakistani politics make everyone a killer and in many parties killers are politicians. Survival game. Azim Tariq was killed when intelligence was getting closer to him to offer him the top job. Sometimes event repeats itself with different characters. Whatever happens, Karachi and Pakistan pays for it and , may be, the murder was meant to do that.

  41. readinglord says:
    September 17th, 2010 10:31 pm


    No, dear tamed I may clarify that we Punjabies do not hate Urdu, which is the language of the poetry of Ghalib, Iqbal, Faiz, Ahmad Faraz, etc., all the great poets of Punjab. We hate only its bastardized form with ‘iss’ afixation because it represents a mentality of a low type urdu-people who despise Punjabi as a vulgar language.

    Btw, I had Inquired from many urdu friends why they insist on adding ‘i’ while writing words starting with ‘s’ in Urdu while there is no ‘i’ added to the same word when written in Roman script in English. But could not find any reason for that. Can you give me one please?


  42. September 18th, 2010 12:32 am

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “im sure ye altaf bhai ka kaam hai.imran ko mqm se nikaal diya tha altaf bhai ne bcoz us ne kuchh aisi batain ki thein.”
    - “get ready for blood shed in karachi……..”
    - “waqaee sochne ki bat yeh he k yahan jo hta he ANP par ilzam laga dete hain ab wahan to ANP nhi he to yeh kis tarha hua….or mazi main jo kuch hta raha he us ko samne rakh kar is bat par sochain to bat samne aa jati he k haqeeqat kya he….or isi ka naam siasat he yaro………..”
    - “q whn ANP nahi ja skti?”
    - “Peer sab ka naya kar’nama lug ta hay? Azeem Ahmed Tarique k baad Imran Farooque bhi gaey.”
    - “we must pray for the deceased…either he was at guilty or not……INNA LILLAHAY WA INNA ALAIHAY RAJAYOON………….hwever another victim of altaf bhai…….”
    - “Tariq Ismail Sagar ki book .dahshatgard ,padho samjh aa jaey gi.Yaar bilkul wohi dramey ho rahe hain.Jo bhi Peer sb(BHAI) ka baghi hoa wo jaan se gia.”
    ye tu manshoor hai bhai ka”

  43. Aman Pasand says:
    September 18th, 2010 5:38 am

    I would recommend Scotland Yard should go through these comments .I am very sobre in making this recommendation.It will not only speed up the investigation but shall bring them to a correct conclusion.World has moved forward since the Don Rule of 80s and early 90s.I think this time he will not escape his destined fate.

  44. ALI says:
    September 18th, 2010 11:10 am

    Can someone please tell me, who were the original founders of the MQM? I keep hearing different names, but where were teh main leaders when it began?

  45. Mus says:
    September 18th, 2010 11:59 am

    Imran Farooq’s days last few years in Karachi before he disappeared underground are tainted with violence,terrorism,kidnapping and extortion.

    He died a violent death.While underground he worked on spreading hatred against the Pakistan Armed Forces.There is confusion as to where he was hiding from 1992 to 1999.It is said,he escaped to India,others say he escaped to Dubai.The later cannot be true as it is easy to track someone in Dubai than in India.
    Secondly most of the MQM’s inner cadre leaders have roots in India hence the possibility.
    As long as he lived Farooq was tainted with Jamaat leader Salah uddin’s gruesome murder.

  46. Faraz says:
    September 18th, 2010 3:01 pm

    Altaf is a curse for Karachi, just like Zardari is a curse for Pakistan.

  47. Adeel says:
    September 18th, 2010 4:46 pm

    @reading lord, regarding your “i” before “s” question,
    Allow me to offer an explanation.
    when some word is imported in the Urdu Language, it is written in Urdu, and then spoken as written.

    In urdu, the first letter of any word is joined to the next letter by a zabar, zer, or pesh, the first letter does not start with a sukoon or jazm. so the closest way to match the english pronounciation is to add an “alif” at the beginning.
    e.g. school ==> iskool, instead of sakool, sukool, or sikool.
    hope that answers your question.

  48. Fakhar Ahmad says:
    September 18th, 2010 5:36 pm

    Yes Imran Farooq has been murdered, but wait don’t become people like Sialkot and start blaming and taking off your frustrations on particular faction/party/person just because you don’t like them or have been exposed to lot of material imposed by the people who never like them or will never want them to become powerful.

    Just try to understand few question first “Who is getting the benefit out of this murder?” “Could it be a bigger game then it seem? Look like total start of new propaganda to destabilize a power which is starting to grip the nerve of some?? ”.

    Like it or don’t MQM have 100% support from Urdu-Speaking Faction so give them due respect or just name your leaders also in your comments and I can open a plethora of scum that prove them even more dirty then the MQM leaders. NO ONE IS CLEAN IN THIS MESS like what Mantoo has said “Is hamam me sub nange hy”

    Please wait and let the investigation get completed and thank you for your patience in advance.

  49. Classof71 says:
    September 18th, 2010 6:59 pm

    I have read a number of fallacies about Dr Imran Farooq here and will want to clarify:

    1.’ Imran Farooq was against the military establishment and armed forces of Pakistan’

    This is not true at all. Imran Farooq made no response even to the ‘head price’ that had been fixed on him by the then corrupt feudal Corps Commander General Naseer Akhtar during Karachi’s military and feudal occupation from 1992-99.

    2. ‘Imran Farooq was against Punjabis’

    That is not true because Imran Farooq was hiding in Lahore between 1992-99 and the military high command and ISI knew about his whereabouts.

    3. ‘Imran Farooq was in India/Dubai etc before leaving for the UK in 1999′

    This has been proven false by the statements of Saulat Mirza who was asked by Nawaz Sharif to lie about Imran Farooq’s death during Nawaz II when the Army was once again unleashed on Karachiites following the still unsolved assassination of Hakim Saeed.

    4. ‘Imran Farooq was spreading hatred against Punjabis’

    Spreading awareness against retards like Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Mustafa Khar does not mean spreading hatred against Punjabis. Nawaz Sharif had a cyclical pattern of attacking Karachi according to his mental level whenever he got the chance. Nawaz Sharif would get elected Prime Minister with MQM support in 1992 and 1997 but within a few days show his true colours by dismissing MQM from government and sending Karachi under Army occupation. The first Army operation in Karachi was started after the abduction and murder of a businessman called Ashiqali Heerji Dessa in 1992 and the second after the martyrdom of Hakim Saeed in 1999. Both killings are hitherto unsolved. It is also true that Nawaz Sharif had the support for his tyranny by corrupt feudal (Punjabi) generals from his province who agreed with this policy of occupying and destroying Karachi and Karachiites respectively until Pervez Musharraf put an end to Nawaz Sharif’s reign of terror.

    5. ‘Imran Farooq came to the UK in 1999 from India’

    That is not true because he came from Lahore to the UK.

    6. ‘Imran Farooq had a falling out with Altaf Hussain’

    That much is true and it was a very public falling out. It is also well-known that Altaf Hussain is fond of doing’ fateha’ for members of his own party quite often.

    7. ‘Imran Farooq’s murder is being investigated’

    That is untrue too. The reason is that Imran Farooq was killed with a knife rather than MQM’s weapon of choice— the klashnikov. British police are chasing shadows in the name of the Taliban when we all know that this murder could have been prevented from happening in the first place given Altaf Hussain’s violent antecedents and suppression of dissent within party ranks.

    May Imran Farooq’s soul rest in peace. Ameen.

  50. Jamshaid Khan says:
    September 19th, 2010 3:49 am

    At last Imran Farooq went on a way on which he sent tens of innocent people in the 90′s decade.
    Thats why people say, “as you sow, so shall you reap”
    May almighty Allah pardon him and give peace and rest to his soul.

  51. Aman Pasand says:
    September 19th, 2010 5:03 am

    Please check this.Imran Farooq in May this year.

  52. Mus says:
    September 19th, 2010 11:39 am

    Presently, media and other sources are expressing and analyzing various aspects and motives behind Dr. Imran’s assassination, a high profile member of the MQM though presently estranged and rather disgruntled with MQM. One of the fingers being pointed out are towards the high command of MQM that may have been wary of Dr. Imran’s being the repository of many crucial secrets of this party that if spilled could land this organization in deep trouble.

    It is a well know fact that Dr Imran was not having quite cordial or even normal relations with the top leadership of the MQM for quite some time. This strained and sour nature of relationship can be gauged from his expulsion from the MQM two times and suspension four times. He was under suspension and cut off from the party and its leadership for over two years until his death.

    While living in exile that he chose with Altaf Hussain simultaneously, he kept a distance from his overbearing boss in the last several years and according to reports, they hardly spoke with each other except on very few occasions. He was an asylee like Altaf Hussain and was leading a low profile and modest life in London.

    There is no gainsaying that there is certainly a sinister plot and well laid out conspiracy behind the murder of Dr. Imran whose role during the pioneering stages of MQM (previously Mohajar Qaumi Movement) was that of an ideologue, a planner, and an architect. But the leading cause for his estrangement or disenchantment with the party was its paradigm of functioning as a closely-knit mafia organization that tolerated no dissention or even criticism on the party boss.

  53. Aman Pasand says:
    September 20th, 2010 4:08 am

    Why MI5 was so quick to take over this case? Any guess?

  54. Naan Haleem says:
    September 20th, 2010 9:07 am

    @ Aman Pasand
    Four guesses
    1. Pressure from (any) government to manipulate the investigation (Highly unlikely)
    2. Element of Terrorism and probable linkage of I.F. (probable yet far-fetched)
    3. Fear of a future trend of gang-killings in UK as a continuation of Karachi killings (a vague but cautious approach)
    4. Careful and thorough interrogation of MQM activities in UK and linkages in Pakistan (Highly likely)

    By the way… my question is still unanswered: Why was I.F. not attending the birthday gathering of Altaf? were differences so severe?

  55. Ali says:
    September 20th, 2010 10:00 am

    Last words of Imran Farooq:

    Altaf Hussain has never contested in any election instead he has given all these posts to his workers…

    so he wont be PRIME MINISTER or PRESIDENT of Pakistan even if MQM gets victory from all over Punjab or Balochistan..

    Apart of this ..just leave MQM hatred and criticism for a minute and imagine yourself

    Every leader of any small or big party in Pakistan is a candidate for Prime Minister or President of Pakistan and they struggle their whole life to get there whereas Mr. Altaf Hussain has never contested in any election instead he has given all these posts to his workers.

    Imran Farooq said that Altaf Hussain could also have easily made his own brother the Mayor of Karachi instead of Mustafa Kamal and he would have made his other brother as a Governor of Sindh instead of Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad

  56. Aman Pasand says:
    September 20th, 2010 10:19 am


    Can you please tell us if any leader of a ‘Mafia’ or a ‘Don’ ever fought an election? There are reasons behind it I suppose.
    @Naan Haleem
    Nice try.Let us wait for more.

  57. MAK says:
    September 20th, 2010 1:31 pm

    @ Aman Pasand

    Please tell me the name of any mafia associated party who fought and won the elections in the world ??!!

  58. Me Never Ever says:
    September 21st, 2010 2:34 am

    ٹر گئے اپنی واری سب امیر وزیر
    جو کرن گے سو پھرن گئے کہ گئے – بھگت فقیر

  59. Fakhar Ahmad says:
    September 21st, 2010 4:10 am

    @ Classof71
    Nice comments but i think it is useless as i see very bias people present here who will never understand all this and will be further become frustrated.

  60. Aman Pasand says:
    September 21st, 2010 12:13 pm

    @Naan Haleem

    Your assesment has substance.Do you think the reasons for MI15 jumping in could be the same that prompted them to give citizenship and allow such network?

  61. Naan Haleem says:
    September 22nd, 2010 5:59 pm

    @ Aman Pasand
    well British “establishment” has been providing asylum to persons who confronted with (or faced the anger of) the establishment of Pakistan. It is a policy to assist and help those who defied the taboo of establishment in Pakistan. In Zia regime, countless people fled to UK and requested asylum on the grounds of political victimization. Altaf falls in the same category, but with a slight twist. He, without any doubt, holds very tight grip over the pulse of Pakistan’s financial hub. It was/is in British interests to allow MQM’s Pakistani political activities being directed and monitored in UK.

    However, they will NEVER allow any violence in UK to tarnish their law and order. This is exactly why MQM has always stayed away from street politics in UK while other pakistani parties, PPP, PML, PTI have been protesting in different parts of UK on various issues. MQM never wanted to create any problem for British authorities because it would eventually be problematic for MQM itself. This attitude kept MQM in good books of the other side.

    Murder of Imran Farooq is a big trouble for both UK authorities and MQM. And as i said earlier, most likely scenarios bothering UK can be the element of gang war or import of Karachi conflict to UK. This is why they are looking at the MQM setup with renewed skepticism and fresh angles.

  62. Aman Pasand says:
    September 29th, 2010 1:23 am

    Why this sudden love lost for Afia?Another tantrum like stage managed crying session.Probably there has been some tail twisting by MI5.

  63. wasim watio says:
    September 29th, 2010 5:41 am

    Common people of pakistan have been enduring the giant problems of Inflation , unemployment and government corruption for a few years. Pakistanis get ready for another blow! Your government is going to impose three different taxes of Rs.80 billion. These taxes are reformed GST, increase in the percentage of income tax from 2-3% to 10% and a high-amount property tax for urban areas. The most cruel part of these ruthless taxes is that they would be imposed on the middle and lower class only. No tax is going to be imposed on the upper or the elite class. It is time to wake up. How would the already suffering people of pakistan be able to pay these cruel taxes . Why don’t our corrupt rulers impose taxes on the riches ? Why don’t they impose agriculture tax ?. The answer is simple that the elite class is actually the ruling class. I don’t see anything stopping the imposition of these taxes so get ready for the miserable life waiting for you. Pakistan is a poor country for its common people only because the elite class of our country has a life style which is highly luxurious than the rich people of western countries. What is the need of a 90-minister-cabinet. According to Transparency international a single minister’s expenditure is Rs.1 lac per day. Yes , you hear me right, it is rupees One lac per day. So how can one say that pakistan is a poor country. Pakistan is a poor country but for its common people only.

  64. Jawaid Islam says:
    September 29th, 2010 9:01 am

    One lac rupees per day, a minister’s expanditure…OMG! Please these minsters are no street people; they are from an elite class, owners of acres and acres of farmland, properties, businesses, and what not. They should be serving free. As a token give them Rs 100 per day, toffee lein lein ge ja ke bhanje bhatijion k lye.

  65. Aman Pasand says:
    September 29th, 2010 12:30 pm

    @Waseem Watio,Jawaid Islam

    Are you on the right page?

  66. Aman Pasand says:
    October 3rd, 2010 6:09 am

    Some interesting but alarming facts about MQM

    When MQM initially won the elections in late 80s and early nineties, this was MQM’s top leadership:

    Chairman: Azeem Tarique

    V. Chairman: Bader Iqbal

    Secretary General: Imran Farooq

    Deputy Sec general: Khalid Bin Waleed

    Finance Secretary: SM Tariq

    Mayor Of Karachi: Farooq Sattar (last-one alive)

    Deputy Mayor : Raziq Khan

    First 2 senators : Nishat Malick and one more

    It is so regrettable and unfortunate that all these top leaders of MQM are dead , and all have been assassinated, except Farooq Sattar.

    It is also on record that all these leaders either left MQM (Badr Iqbal, SM Tariq, Imran Farooq, Razik Khan) or developed differences with Altaf Hussain ( Azeem Tariq, Khalid Bin Waleed, Nishat Malick) before their death

    MQM is in power for 23 years in Sind and Pakistan’s federal cabinet, including ministry of defence and law in Sind for 8 years. The most surprising part is that they have never ever tried to catch or even seriously demanded the capture of culprits who wiped off the entire leadership of MQM in last 20 years???


  67. noor says:
    October 3rd, 2010 3:45 pm

    I have one question.

    Why Altaf Hussain started talking too harsh against US policies for the first time, I remember, in the last 10 years or more after the tragic murder of Imran Farooq? What is going on? Can somebody comment on this?
    I agree with aman pasand. We need answers to all these questions. The best answere, i below, mqm can provide.

  68. Bushra Rehman says:
    October 5th, 2010 10:03 am

    This is extremely unfortunate that some valuable lives were lost. However, looking into the history of world politics and struggles we know that’s the price every righteous entity has to pay. Long live the common class ideology, long live the martyrs.

  69. Aman Pasand says:
    October 6th, 2010 12:19 pm

    I think you are missing the point here.It has nothing to do with “World Politics”.This here is a crime which has been repeatedly committed for reasons other than political.

  70. February 12th, 2011 11:37 pm

    is this pakistaniat or inglistaniat? y r we discussing British people?

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