British police release e-fit in Pakistani murder probe

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British police released an e-fit image Friday of a man they want to speak to in connection with the murder of Pakistani politician Imran Farooq outside his London home in September.

"The man is of Asian appearance, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, five foot four inches to five foot six inches tall (163-168 centimetres), of slim build, with piercing eyes, a pointed, pale-skinned face, short black/dark coloured hair, and a goatee-style beard," police said.

They also want to trace a second Asian man in his 30s, described as having a stocky build, about five foot nine inches to five foot 11 inches tall and with short black hair.

Detectives last month said they had found a knife and brick used on the attack on Farooq, 50, who was found with head injuries and stab wounds in north London on September 16. He had been attacked as he returned home from work.

No arrests have yet been made and police said they retain "an open mind as to a motive behind the killing".

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.

© 2010 AFP

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