Pakistani politician murdered outside London home: reports

17th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A leading Pakistani politician living in Britain has been murdered outside his London home, reports said.

Imran Farooq, a senior member of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, was found with head injuries and stab wounds in north London on Thursday, the BBC and Sky News television reported.

Police confirmed they were called to reports of a serious assault in the Edgware district at 5:30 pm (1630 GMT).

"Officers found an Asian man, aged 50, with stab wounds and head injuries. Paramedics treated the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:37 pm" (1737 GMT), said a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police.

"Next of kin have been informed."

No arrests have been made in connection with the killing, said the spokesman.

MQM leaders in Pakistan cited by the BBC said Farooq, a former parliamentarian and one of the founding members of the party, had been living in exile in London since 1992.

He was wanted by the security forces, added the broadcaster, saying Farooq had not returned to Pakistan since his arrival in England in 1992.

The murder of an MQM lawmaker, Raza Haider, in Karachi last month triggered a wave of political and ethnic killing in the city that left about 85 people dead.

The MQM is a major political force in Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi, located in the southern province of Sindh. It is a partner in the Sindh provincial ruling coalition led by the Pakistan Peoples Party.

Karachi is plagued by ethnic and sectarian killings, crime and kidnappings, exacerbating woes in a country battling with unprecedented flooding that has killed more than 1,500 people and affected up to 21 million.

Tensions are high between coalition partners MQM and the Awami National Party (ANP), which represent different communities in Karachi and so straddle political faultlines in the city.

The ANP is the party of more than two million Pashtuns who have escaped poverty and Taliban-linked violence in the northwest for Karachi, where they largely perform menial jobs in transport and construction.

MQM represents the city's dominant Urdu-speaking population.

© 2010 AFP

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