Pakistani Politician Killed In London Sparks Violence Back Home
September 17, 2010
UK (ChattahBox World News) – A Pakistani politician who had been living in London since 1999 was killed in front of the home he shared with his wife and two children yesterday, in what is being called a politically motivated attack by an unknown assailant. Back home in Karachi violence has been sparked following the news.
Imran Farooq was found outside of his home, beaten and stabbed. An ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after, but he died on the way to the hospital.
Officials now believe that the killing was due to his affiliation to Pakistani politics, particularly as a founding member of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), which is the largest Liberal party in Pakistan. Well known for their secular views, they have become the fourth largest party in the country. However, their vocal opposition of traditional Islamic policies have put them at odds with the more extreme Right groups in the nation.
The murder has caused the MQM to call for a period of mourning. But that mourning has been broken with bouts of violence back in Karachi, with building being set on fire and gunshots being heard across the city by protesters believed to be in support of the fallen politician.
As the search for the killer continues, police will be reviewing their overall policy for leaders in exile in London, and their safety.