London’s Metropolitan Police have recovered a large kitchen knife and brick used in the murder of MQM leader Dr. Imran Farooq.

Farooq, a founding leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was repeatedly stabbed in the head and neck during the assault in Edgware, north London Sep 16. He had moved to London after a crackdown was launched by Pakistan’s military against the MQM in 1992.

According to a press released issued by the British police, detectives have recovered a five-and-a-half inch long kitchen knife and a brick piece, which they believe were used in the attack on Farooq.

The murder weapons were found where the 50-year-old Doctor-turned politican lived. His murder case was taken up by the anti-terrorism cell of the Scotland Yard due to the apparent political nature of the killing.

Officers are now trying to trace two Asian men in connection with Farooq’s murder.

A number of witnesses have already contacted the police, but detectives believe there are other people who may hold vital information about the incident and they continue to urge them to come forward, the news release said. No arrests have been made so far.



Officers from the Specialist Operations Counter-Terrorism Command of the Scotland Yard want to speak to anyone who saw the attack or was in the area at the time.

They retain an open mind as to a motive. No arrests have been made, the statement added.

Shumaila Farooq, Farooq’s widow, had appealed to the public and begged for anyone with information to approach police.

‘Someone, somewhere knows something about my husband’s murder. He was a dedicated family man, a loving father and loving husband. His murder has devastated me and left my family in a state of shock. I want to appeal to anyone who has any information about the attack to contact the police,’ she said.

Several reports have appeared that Farooq may have been about to join a new party set up by former president Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf on Friday announced formation of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party.

MQM members in London claimed the Taliban had issued a fatwa against party officials for their opposition to Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan, giving credence to the possibility that Farooq was a victim of a political assassination, according to the Daily Mail.

Last year, the Taliban had sent a DVD to the London and Karachi-based political party threatening to kill its leaders if they continued to oppose them.