* Mohsin Ali Syed and Khalid Shamim were crossing into Balochistan from Afghanistan when arrested

KARACHI: Authorities said they arrested two men on Thursday in connection with the murder of a dissident politician in London five years ago.
Mohsin Ali Syed, who left Britain just hours after Imran Farooq’s murder and is wanted by Scotland Yard, and Khalid Shamim were crossing into Balochistan from Afghanistan when they were arrested. Farooq was a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). He has been accused of murder, torture and other serious crimes and was seeking asylum in London when he was stabbed and beaten to death on his way home from work. “The two men are MQM activists, one of them is directly involved in the Farooq stabbing, the other is said to be handler,” a senior security official told Reuters.
MQM was not immediately available for comment. A spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps said, “The Interior Ministry has been informed about their arrest and the men will be handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency.” He was arrested and questioned in connection with Farooq’s murder last June, leading to protests that shut down Karachi. No one has been charged with Farooq’s murder but several MQM activists have been questioned and one of them was arrested on suspicion of money-laundering in April. Last year, Scotland Yard said they wanted to trace Ali and a second Pakistani man, Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran, who also left Britain just hours after Farooq’s murder.
Kamran’s whereabouts remain unknown. The arrests may raise further weaken MQM at a time of rising tensions between Sindh’s politicians and the military. The two sides have been trading corruption allegations for several days and this week the paramilitary Rangers raided a government office after accusing an unnamed political party of controlling mafias in the city.
Imran Farooq was a British-Pakistani politician who was best known for his association with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, of which he was a senior member. He was also a founding member of the All Pakistan Muhajir Student Organization (APMSO). Farooq held several positions in MQM and the Pakistani government. He lived in London in self-imposed exile from 1999 until he was murdered in September 2010.
Farooq was found murdered near his home in North London on September 16, 2010. The murder took place when Farooq was returning home after finishing work at a local pharmacy. The Metropolitan Police said they were called on the complaint of a “serious assault” in Green Lane, Edgware, where they found Farooq, who had suffered multiple stab wounds and head injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics, Farooq was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined the cause of death as being head trauma and stab wounds to the neck.

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