ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court announced the indictment of three accused arrested in the murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq.
During the hearing on Wednesday held by ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand, Federal Investigation Agency Prosecutor Khawaja Imtiaz presented charge sheet against the accused — Syed Mohsin Ali, Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim.
The charge sheet states that Farooq’s murder was planned in Karachi and London.
The court also summoned witnesses, Additional Deputy Commissioner Captain (retd) Shoaib Ali and FIA Counter-Terrorism Wing’s Abdul Mannan, at the next hearing on May 8 to record their statements.
Moreover, the magistrate who recorded the accused’s confessional statement has also been summoned as a witness at the next hearing.
The accused are being held in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, where the hearing takes place.
In a statement recorded earlier, Shamim and Mohsin Ali told the court that Farooq was killed as he was a potential threat to the leadership of MQM.
After Farooq’s party membership was suspended, the MQM founder said during a telephonic speech that he could be murdered, Shamim told the magistrate.
A copy of the statement obtained by NewsOne revealed that after the MQM founder’s speech, party leader Mohammad Anwar told him, “Listen to the speech carefully, the quaid has left a message for you for the future”.
Therefore, Shamim said, he murdered Farooq on September 16, 2010 as a birthday gift to the MQM founder – on September 17.