Govt to register Imran Farooq murder FIR, step up action in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday announced that the federal government has decided to lodge an FIR [First Information Report] of the Dr Imran Farooq murder case in Pakistan.

Addressing a news conference, Nisar said that in the light of report of the Joint Investigation Team, including British Scotland Yard, the Pakistan government will lodge an FIR in Dr Imran Farooq murder case. He said that Imran Farooq was a Pakistani national and that is why Pakistan extended full cooperation to Britain in investigation of the case and shared all information.

Dr Farooq, a senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was murdered outside his home in London in 2010.

In July this year, two men said to be linked to the murder of MQM convener Dr Imran Farooq were held near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman.

The accused— identified as Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim by Frontier Corps (FC) spokesman Khalid Wasey — were wanted in the murder case of Dr Imran Farooq.

Interior Minister Nisar further announced that international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) have been given a one-month extension for registration under the new policy framed by the government. “Those not registering their INGOs will have to leave the country from the first of the month,” he added.

The federal interior minister said the extension is also aimed at conveying a clear message that Pakistan wants to work with those International NGOs that are ready to operate within the framework of Pakistani laws.

He said 129 INGOs applied for registration before the expiry of previous deadline, November 30. “Process has been initiated for verification of these applications.”

“The fact that 129 INGOs applied under the existing policy, contradicted criticism of the policies by some countries,” he added.

Nisar also denounced the gun attack on a military police van in Karachi, in which two personnel embraced martyrdom.

“It is a deplorable attack. We will confront terrorists in every nook and corner of the country,” Nisar said, adding that the ongoing targeted operation would be expedited in Karachi.

“Such attacks will not deter our resolve to go after terrorists in Karachi,” he added.

Commenting on the difficulties being faced by Pakistani immigrants in different countries of Europe, he said that Pakistan has asked the European Union to treat its citizens appropriately, adding that those who travelled illegally to other countries will have to face interrogation on their return.

Meanwhile,  Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday announced extending the registration date for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) till January 1, saying 129 INGOs could start working after a security clearance.

“A meagre 19 INGOs working inside the country had a proper security clearance while 129 applications were received till November 30, the deadline earlier set for registration,” he said, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.

“All INGOs working beyond the set date without a security clearance will have to leave the country,” added the interior minister.

Nisar deplored the attack on military police in Karachi, and vowed to “eliminate terrorism from every nook and corner of the country.”

Regarding Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case, Nisar said the government had decided to register an FIR of the murder, reiterating those perpetrating the attack will be brought to justice.

Pakistani agencies worked comprehensively with Scotland Yard to take the case to its logical end, he maintained.

The interior minister said as many as 234 suspects had been arrested in just 13 days in a crackdown against human traffickers. Of these, he highlighted, 48 were proclaimed offenders, 17 absconders and four most wanted human traffickers.

Nisar added that those failing to get their arms licenses verified even after December 31 will have to face arrests, confiscation of arms and being blacklisted to acquire any weapons in future.

He said any Pakistanis convicted of a crime will have their trial run in the respective country.

“If a country intends to deport a convicted Pakistani, then they will have to provide sufficient evidence.”


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