Karachi gang war reached London

  • lol

    do u seriously think people on this forum are so stupid to believe in that link you posted???

    all the news contained in 'LONDON' POST are related to pakistan, anti mqm.... there is no international news in a LONDON newspaper, no big brand online advertisements! how come?

    stop making a fool out of yourself

    this website is moderated in lahore... and its agenda is anti mqm!

    and its just a piece of s.h.i.t

  • link puts up quite logical arguments for altaf lovers to answer-

  • who'd read that dou takkay wala akhbar?

    to look credible, the qureshi guy is covering himself under the blanket of 'LONDON POST'..... what a looser

  • akhbar ka wazan ho na ho per baat may wazan zaroor hay-

  • jo loge loagon ko dhoka dein, ghalat zarye say loagon k zehno mein zeher gholein... or jhootay akhbar ka sahara le ker apni baat kahein... un k is amal say ye he zahir hota hai k wo khud apni baat ko kitna bhaari samajhtay hain...

    agar baat mein wazan hota tou aisay jhoot or dhokay say jaali degree ki tarhan jaali akhbaar ka sahara na lena perta

    haan, lekin jin loagon ko jali degreeyon say koi problem nahin hai, un ko aisay sastay, 2 takay k akhbaron say bhi koi problem nahin hogi...

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/

    Please check the first news on top

    "Pakistani death 'will bring more bloodshed to UK' "

    I hope this newspaper is CREDIBLE to you :-)

  • read. what about it?

    when i open the page, the heading of the article changes from "Pakistani death 'will bring more bloodshed to UK'" to "Scotland Yard investigates political assassination as fears rise of Karachi gang violence spreading"

    this is the pulp:

    Security sources told the Daily Telegraph the murder inquiry into the death of Imran Farooq, a founder member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), had been taken over by Scotland Yard's Counter-Terrorism Command which investigates political assassinations. MI5 is also likely to be called in to help with the hunt for the killers.

    Scotland Yard last night appealed for witnesses to the crime.

    Karachi, Pakistan's commercial capital, was in lockdown following the murder of Dr Farooq, who had lived in the UK since claiming asylum in 1999.

    Hundreds of deaths of loyalists from rival political and ethnic gang have been recorded this year in a murky corruption and racketeering turf war.

    "This has been going on here for years and it's not a surprise to see something happen in London," said a senior counter-terrorism official in Karachi, speaking on condition of anonymity. "These networks extend a long way and are very well developed."

    He said it was impossible to tell who was responsible – from fellow MQM members, to rival political parties, business associates or even the Taliban, which is active in the city.

    Detectives in London have not ruled out the possibility that Dr Farooq was killed in a random mugging. However, a political motive could spark political clashes in Karachi or undermine the stability of Pakistan's governing coalition, which includes the MQM.

    Dr Farooq came to prominence in the late 1980s as general secretary of the newly formed party, which drew its strength from Urdu-speaking immigrants from India who arrived in Karachi after partition.

    He was forced into hiding in 1992 during a military crackdown on his party during a violent struggle for control of Karachi. Along with many of his party leadership he was accused of involvement in the kidnap, murder and torture of political opponents drawn from Pashtu-speakers from northwestern Pakistan.

    He always denied the allegations and eventually surfaced in London seven years later.

    His death on Thursday night, outside his home in North London, took place as party members were preparing to mark the birthday of their leader, Altaf Hussain the next day.

    Farooq Sattar, the party's leader in Pakistan, said the timing suggested a political motive.

    "The date looks like it was selected by design," he told The Daily Telegraph, but added that a number of other possibilities remained.

    "We are trying to keep a lid on speculation. Conspiracy theories could provoke more trouble."

    Mohamad Anwar, a party member in London, said the leadership had received threat warnings.

    "Because we did not find any symptoms of robbery, we feel that there may be an element of conspiracy and therefore, hence, we can think that this was an assassination," he said.

    Political leaders called for calm during 10 days of mourning.

    Yousuf Raza Gilani, the prime minister, said: "It was a great loss to the party and the family." Traders and bus drivers in Karachi stayed at home yesterday(FRI). Streets were deserted as many people feared a slide into renewed ethnic violence.

    Last month Raza Haider, another MQM member, was gunned down with his guard as he attended a funeral near the centre of Karachi. The killing triggered violence in which dozens of people were killed and at least 100 wounded.

  • Criminals gangs of Karachi active in London

    Murder of Dr Imran Farooq (part 2)


  • Khi gang war heating up

    MQM (Farooq Sattar) blames PPP Sindh home minister for target killing


    as the target killing death toll in Khi reaches to 14


  • Its hilarious how appologists of this criminal mafia gang MQM Altaf are still in denial ..


    Pakistan politician murder: have Karachi's brutal politics reached London?


    Neighbours in Edgware thought Imran Farooq just worked in a pharmacy, but then he was murdered - victim of the brutal politics of Pakistan's biggest city.

    By Colin Freeman, Chief Foreign Correspondent, and Rob Crilly in Karachi

    As a man who was more than used to looking over his shoulder, Imran Farooq would no doubt have found the nondescript north London maisonette the perfect bolthole.

    Surrounded by quiet streets lined with apple trees, Green Court in Edgware was the very picture of suburban anonymity, the kind of place where neighbourliness typically means little more intrusive than the odd polite "hello".

    Late on Thursday afternoon, though, an area that could have been the setting for a sitcom like Terry and June became the centre of a rather grittier drama, as Mr Farooq was stabbed to death outside his home. Alerted by shouts and screams, neighbours saw him in a violent struggle with another man, who beat the 50-year-old Pakistani around the head and then knifed him repeatedly.

    It was a brutal end for a man who - to his neighbours at least - seemed a respectable figure, working at a nearby pharmacy and living with his wife, Shumaila, and their two young sons Alishan, 5, and Wajdan, 3.

    "None of us even knew there was a politician living here," said Bhiru Malde, 60, a neighbour, as he stood near the police cordon yesterday, from where boiler-suited forensic experts from Scotland Yard could be seen conducting finger-tip searches of nearby gardens. "This is a very quiet area, but when I came back at 6pm there were police everywhere."

    The murder was, however, all too much in keeping with the other job Mr Farooq held down - as a leading figure in the London branch of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement, a party with a notorious reputation even in a country steeped in political violence.

    The MQM's headquarters in the capital lies just down the road on Edgware High Street, a drab, unassuming office block typical of the hundreds of bureaus maintained by foreign political parties with followings in London's myriad diaspora communities. Yet in the case of the MQM, the "international secretariat", which stands opposite a Lidl supermarket and a Turkish grocer, is no mere diplomatic outpost.

    Instead, it is the very nerve centre from which the party directs its affairs in Pakistan, and in particular its stronghold in Karachi, the country's largest city, which it effectively runs. Holding court in the office nearly every day is Mr Farooq's boss and MQM's leader, Altaf Hussain, a stocky, moustachioed firebrand who effectively acts as a one-man government in exile, barking orders to minions in Karachi via mobile phone and addressing huge street rallies via televised links ups to the Edgware Road. Such is his iron grip on his party 5,000 miles away that all key meetings are held on Greenwich Meantime, keeping his Karachi-based staff up late into the night.

    The kind of City hall politics that the MQM presides over in Karachi, though, make Chicago in the 1930s seem like a model of good governance.

    Thousands have died in political violence there over the last three decades, as the MQM has slugged it out with other factions for control of a metropolis of 18 million that includes the country's main port and generates 50 per cent of Pakistan's tax revenues.

    Officials blamed the MQM for much of the violence, and in the early 1990s, both Mr Hussain and Dr Farooq found themselves on the run on charges of murder and kidnapping, following claims that the party was running networks of torture chambers around its strongholds. By the late 1990s, though, both men had managed to claim asylum in Britain, after telling the authorities that the charges against them were politically motivated.

    It is in this murky world that Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command unit is now looking for clues to Dr Farooq's murderer. While they have not ruled out the possibility that it was just a mugging gone wrong, the absence of any sign of robbery, and the eyewitness reports that his killer was a fellow Asian, indicate that it was politically motivated.


    One theory is that enemies within his own party may have been responsible,** another is that it was the work of the Pakistani Taliban, of which the MQM, as a secular party, is a prominent critic. Mr Hussain also recently angered the ruling Pakistan People's Party of President Asif Ali Zardari, when, in yet another televised rant from London, he said the MQM was ready to lead a "French Revolution" to mop up the chaos left by the recent devastating floods.

    Detectives have so far been wary of speculating on a motive, however, aware that the outcome of the case may be politically explosive.


    His killing has already sparked riots in Karachi, a powder-keg city at the best of times, with his supporters torching cars and firing guns in the air:** Pakistani security officials fear that if, or when, the finger of blame is pointed at one faction or another, Karachi may erupt into all-out bloodshed.

    MQM supporters in London told The Sunday Telegraph that they were "shocked" at the murder, describing Dr Farooq as a "poet and philosopher" rather than a political gangster. "We are not aware of any threat against him," said Mohammad Raza Haroon, a senior party official. "He was such a nice, gentle friendly person, and it is a huge loss. Senior members of the party have lived in Britain for many years and felt safe, even though many have been killed in Pakistan."

    Others however paint a rather different picture of both Dr Farooq and the movement he helped lead. The MQM has been a streetfighting force in the country's politics ever since its formation in 1984, when Mr Hussain, who had previously worked as a taxi driver in Chicago, convened a party to represent the Muhajirs, Urdu-speaking Muslims who fled India after partition in 1947 and who had complained of ethnic discrimination from other Pakistanis.

    Supporters say it has tried to shed its violent image of the 1990s, when it waged open warfare with its Pashtu-speaking rivals of the Awami National Party, and today it is proud of its record in improving life in the city's sprawling slums, but it still works through protection rackets and thuggery, according to some.

    "I hate the way they operate," said one Karachi resident. "This is not the way of Islam but they say that it is the only way to get things done. They have a very slick operation."


    More serious allegations, though, were made in the early 1990s when the Pakistani army launched a crackdown against escalating violence in the region.**


    Military officials claimed they uncovered 23 torture chambers in MQM-run offices, schools and hospitals in Karachi, where electric drills would be used on political prisoners.


    **Gory photographs of blood splashed walls, chains hanging from ceilings and electrical torture implements were reproduced in Pakistani national newspapers, which reported that some of the chambers were allegedly kept as rape cells.


    Dr Farooq and Mr Hussain – along with 150 party workers - were named in cases brought before a special anti-terrorist court in Karachi, accusing them of murder, kidnapping, robbery and violence against political opponents.

    One victim, a member of the Pakistan People's Party formerly run by the late Benazir Bhutto, told Amnesty International that he was abducted by four MQM members who then blindfolded him and beat him with leather whips and wooden sticks. "They hit me on the face and the chest, for many hours," he said.

    "Before they released me on the fifth day they drilled a hole in my leg, with an electric drill. I fainted."

    True, exaggeration and smears have always been part and parcel of Pakistani politics, but some believe the charges had a degree of substance. "The leadership always said they didn't use violence – or at least only in self-defence – but it seems impossible that someone like Farooq didn't know that his party had set up torture chambers," said a political commentator, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.


    How British asylum officials concluded that such serious allegations were pure fabrication remains unclear.**

    **According to one well placed Pakistani source, concerns that the two would be killed or tortured if returned to Pakistan may have over-ridden doubts about whether it was appropriate for them to remain in Britain.


    Several of Mr Hussain's relatives had also been murdered in the 1990s, lending credence to his claims of political persecution.


    However, last week's murder was not the first time that Mr Hussain's actitivies in London have come under scrutiny. In 2007, he was accused of stirring up trouble when followers of the MQM allegedly opened fire on anti-government protesters, sparking clashes in which more than 40 people were killed.


    British government officials said that because Mr Hussain had committed no crime on British soil, there was no reason to revoke his citizenship, a stance that drew bitter criticism at the time from Imran Khan, the former cricketer who now runs his own political party in Pakistan.

    Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph last week, he said he had contacted both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when they were prime ministers to accuse them of "double standards" by waging war on the Taliban and al Qaeda while sheltering MQM politicians accused of abuses.

    "I tried to convince the British police that they had to probe this," he said. "We cannot have someone living there as head of the party when we know the party is involved in violence. Scotland Yard already had a file. The only way they are able to control Karachi is by staying in London, far from the danger."


    Now, with blood being spilt in London rather than Pakistan, what was originally a relatively small Scotland Yard file on the party is likely to become much bigger. In coming days, detectives are expected to interview senior party officials in what is likely to be a complex, politically-charged and hugely costly investigation, the outcome of which could also affect British-Pakistani relations. "They have been asking us to fight the war on terror but at the same time giving these people passports," said Mr Khan. "But as long as Britain was safe, it didn't seem to matter."


    Additional reporting by Nick Meo in Edgware


  • **

    Imran Farooq murder: the bloody past of the MQM


    The party of Imran Farooq, who has been assassinated in London, has a dark reputation that it has never left behind

    Declan Walsh in Islamabad

    It is one of the great enigmas of Pakistani politics. For over 18 years the affairs of Karachi, the country's largest city and thrumming economic hub, have been run from a shabby office block more than 4,000 miles away in a suburb of north London.


    The man at the heart of this unusual situation is Altaf Hussain, a barrel-shaped man with a caterpillar moustache and a vigorous oratorical style who inspires both reverence and fear in the sprawling south Asian city he effectively runs by remote control.


    Hussain is the undisputed tsar of the mohajirs, the descendents of Muslim migrants who flooded into Pakistan during the tumult of partition from India in 1947, and who today form Karachi's largest ethnic group.

    A firebrand of student politics, Hussain galvanized the mohajirs into a potent political force in 1984, when he formed the Mohajir Qaumi Movement – now known as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM. The party swept elections in the city in 1987 and 1988 but quickly developed a reputation for violence.


    At early rallies Hussain surrounded himself with gunmen and urged supporters to "sell your VCRs and buy kalashnikovs"; violence later erupted between the MQM and ethnic Sindhi rivals and, later, against the army, which deployed troops to Karachi in the early 1990s.


    It was during the tumult of this time that Hussain and his right-hand man, Imran Farooq, who has just been killed in London, fled the city, in the wake of a slew of police accusations of involvement in racketeering and killing.

    Both men vigorously denied the charges, insisting that they were politically motivated and took refuge in London to set up a base for the MQM in Edgware, a quiet suburb in the north of the city.

    Since then, Hussain has run the party from exile with a tight grip. In Pakistan the party is officially led by Farooq Sattar, a mild-mannered former mayor of Karachi, but most decisions of significance are taken by Hussain.

    His trademark feature is a pair of coffee-tinted Aviator shades and he speaks in a sometimes maniacal style. But few of his supporters, many of whom are women, can see him: Hussain has pioneered the "telephone rally" in Pakistan, addressing tens of thousands of people crowded into Karachi streets around a loudspeaker linked up to a telephone.

    Under Sattar, the party has tried hard to shake its association with violence in recent years. It won control of Karachi city council during Pervez Musharraf's rule in 2005, and has won praise for the construction of highways, water schemes and other city amenities. Business leaders in particular have praised its management of an often chaotic city.


    But the dark reputation has not entirely gone away. In May 2007 armed MQM supporters held the city hostage during a day of political violence, triggered by Musharraf who is himself a mohajir, that saw more than 40 people killed.**

    Last month, Raza Haider, a senior MQM official, was gunned down as he said his prayers, triggering a ferocious wave of tit-for-tat killings involving the MQM and rivals in ethnic Pashtun parties and the ruling Pakistan People's Party, whose Karachi factions are also armed.

    The MQM has also been split by rivalries within the mohajir community that have seen periodic blood-letting, both within the MQM and with a breakaway faction known as MQM-Haqiqi, which was fostered in the 1990s by Pakistan intelligence as a means of breaking Hussain's stranglehold on power in Karachi.

    Now, with the gruesome killing of Farooq, a senior if largely colourless figure, the bloodshed appears to have spread from Pakistan to the streets of north London.


  • Great, now UK need not only worry about terror exports off Pakistan but political reprisals too.

  • When ever i see this barrel-shaped absconding MQMized grand terrorist Altaf,it reminds me of villan chracter Hoggish Greedly from captain Planet cartoon series..

    Hoggish Greedly:

    Profile: A villain of pig-like proportions, Hoggish Greedly lives to devour the Earth's natural resources. His love for overconsumption extends to every aspect of his behavior and is particularly evident in his "sloppy" eating habits.


  • Dr Imran Farooq's wife Shumaila Imran appeals for help to cacth her husband's killers. Those are real tears of sorrow and grief unlike the tears of that dramaybaz  criminal impostor actor Altaf Hussain..


    Imran Farooq: widow's tears as she appeals for help to catch killer


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    <h3 class="story-header">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11399237

  • It seems criminal mafia gang MQM Altaf had done their home work properly. So far they're still appealing for help,if this modus operandi goes uncrackable then both Brits and Altaf should be worried. Brits should be worried that Altaf mafia gang pulled off such a crime without getting traced,so they could try the same thing again on some one else. Altaf on the other hand himself should also be worried. Bricks and kitchen knives are quite common i guess in Edgware.. what if some one attempts the same thing on him..

  • loool... as soon as i read londonpost, i laughed.

    its such a joke nowadays, dont waste your time reading that shiiiit

  • Why is absconding grand terrorist Altaf Hussain all of a sudden getting panicky giving statements like, United States and its pakistani agents could be conspiring against me,i don't fear them, they're all after my blood, I don't mind and fear even if they rescind and revoke my British nationality.

    He also said all diplomatic ties with the US, its allies and Nato should be severed as US have charged Afia siddique even when she didn't killed any one ( Maybe he is having nightmares that Afia didn't killed any one and got 86 years and he himself have been killing hundreds and thousands of innocent hardworking Karachiites for years and now have even moved his terror activities to United Kingdom so what will be his fate,what will Americans and Brits do to him once they consider him redundant spent cartridge? 86000 years in hell or hanged to death like saddam?.

    Is there some progress in Dr Imran Farooq's case that absconding criminal mafia don Altaf is all of a sudden feeling the heat and squirming and giving depressing statements?

  • @Quaidkamazar

    **For people like you who love to wag their tails in front of goras i specifically posted same stuff from  gora news sources as well(Telegraph,Guardian)

  • Assassination of Pakistani political figure in London linked to CIA, Mossad, and RAW
    Published on 09-25-2010
    http://www.iraq-war.ru/article/234560 - Read more

    By Wayne Madsen - WMR

    The assassination on September 16 of exiled Pakistani Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) [United National Movement](United National Movement) leader Imran Farooq outside of his Edgware, London home has been linked to the ongoing joint CIA-Israeli Mossad-Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Pakistan destabilization program, according to WMR’s Asian intelligence sources who have been closely monitoring the attempts by the three foreign intelligence agencies to bring about chaos in Pakistan.

    The subsequent blaming of Farooq’s stabbing death on the Pakistani Taliban has been linked to a global media disinformation network that includes such media outlets at Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News, CNN, IBN-CNN of India, NBC, Pakistan’s GEO-TV, India’s Aaj Tak TV, and the Voice of America (VOA) whose “news” operations are being coordinated by the State Department.

    The disinformation operation, which sees independent news blogs as “national security threats,” has also been linked to the American Jewish Committee and the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, led by Cass Sunstein, a proponent of draconian Internet controls.

    The media outlets are attempting to blame the terrorist attacks and assassinations in Pakistan, as well as the hit on Farooq in London, on the Pakistani Taliban, when in fact the attacks are being planned and carried out jointly by CIA-Mossad-RAW teams using local Pakistani intelligence assets.

    The assassination of Farooq, who had been granted political asylum in Britain, was almost immediately blamed by the Counter Terrorism Command of Scotland Yard on the Pakistani Taliban.

    WMR previously reported that the Pakistani Taliban was being blamed for a spate of terrorist attacks in Pakistan that were actually carried out by Blackwater/Xe personnel operating under the aegis of the CIA.