British police find weapons used to kill Pakistan politician

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

British police said Friday they had recovered a knife and brick used in the attack on Pakistani politician Imran Farooq, who was stabbed to death outside his home in north London last month.

"Detectives have recovered a 5.5-inch (14cm) bladed kitchen knife and a house brick which were used in the attack on Dr Imran Farooq in Edgware two weeks ago," a statement from London's Metropolitan Police said.

It said the items were found in Green Lane, the street where the 50-year-old was found with head injuries and stab wounds on September 16. He was declared dead at the scene.

Officers from the Met's counter-terrorism command were trying to trace two Asian men in connection with the murder, police said, but added that they "retain an open mind as to a motive."

No arrests have yet been made and police urged witnesses to come forward.

Farooq was a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a major force in Pakistan's biggest city Karachi.

The city went on alert following his death, after the murder of an MQM lawmaker the previous month triggered a wave of violence, and traders ceased business for the day in mourning.

The MQM is a partner in the ruling coalition led by President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party in the southern province of Sindh, of which Karachi is the capital.

Farooq claimed asylum in Britain in 1999. He was wanted in Pakistan over scores of charges including torture and murder related to the MQM's activities but always claimed the accusations were politically motivated.

The London-based Observer newspaper reported on Sunday that Farooq may have been about to leave the MQM and join a new party being set up by former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who also lives in London.

© 2010 AFP

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