Suspect bailed in Pakistani politician London murder probe

Imran Farooq`s stabbing death in London in Sept had sparked riots in Karachi.

London: A 34-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering Pakistani politician Imran Farooq in London was freed on bail on Friday.

The suspect had been arrested on Thursday at a residential address in Camden, north London, and taken to a nearby police station for questioning.

Farooq, 50, was a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a major force in Pakistan`s biggest city Karachi.

He was on his way back from work on September 16 when he was ambushed. He was found with head injuries and stab wounds outside his London home and pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives recovered a kitchen knife and a brick used in the attack.

More than 200,000 mourners packed the streets of Karachi for his burial on November 06.

The 34-year-old suspect was "bailed to return to a north London police station in January 2011", Scotland Yard police headquarters said in a statement.

Detectives from Scotland Yard`s counter-terrorism command have taken charge of the murder inquiry due to fears that the killing may be politically motivated.

They are hunting two other men of "Asian appearance" in connection with the killing.

PTI

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