LONDON: Five years on from the brutal murder of exiled Pakistani politician Dr Imran Farooq in London, police said they remain committed to finding the people behind the attack.
Imran Farooq, 50, was stabbed several times and bludgeoned with a house brick on his way home in Green Lane, Edgware on September 16, 2010.
No-one has been convicted of his murder but two Pakistani men have been named as being wanted in connection with the killing.
The investigation has so far seen detectives speak to 4,555 people, review 7,697 documents, follow up 2,423 lines of inquiry and seize 4,325 exhibits.
Police said: “It is thought Dr Farooq s murder would have required careful planning and help from other people, some of whom may have provided assistance or information unwittingly.”
British auhorities have been in regular contact with the Pakistani authorities to gather evidence that could assist in bringing to justice the killers of Dr Imran Farooq. They have named two men as wanted in connection with the murder:
Moshin Ali Syed, 30 a Pakistani national who was in the UK between February 2010 and 16 September 2010 and Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran, 36 a Pakistani national who was in the UK between early September 2010 and 16 September 2010.
Three men arrested in connection with the investigation at various points over the past five years were all released without charge.
Scotland Yard said: “Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) are investigating Dr Farooq s murder and remain committed to finding those responsible.”
Police said they have been in regular contact with authorities in Pakistan during the investigation.
Dr Farooq was a prominent member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and had been living in exile in the UK for more than a decade when he died.
In the weeks before his death, Dr Farooq had been trying to raise his own political profile and had set up a Facebook page, which police have previously said forms a “key line of inquiry”.