A murder inquiry is underway after an exiled Pakistani politician was stabbed to death outside his home in London.
Imran Farooq, a founding member of Karachi’s dominant MQM party, suffered multiple head wounds.
He had claimed asylum in the UK in 1999 after years on the run in Pakistan, accused of involvment in murder and other crimes, which he denied. It is not clear if his killing was politically motivated.
Mohamad Anwar, a party member in London, said:
“We had received warnings but we did not feel that we, the members of the coordination committee, were under threat and because we did not find any symptoms of robbery, we feel that there may be an element of conspiracy and therefore, hence, we can think that this was an assassination.”
Shops and schools have been closed in Karachi where the MQM has annonced 10 days of mourning.
Dozens were killed there in clashes last month after another MQM member was gunned down in the city. The Pakistani government blamed that killing on the Taliban.