Pakistani Politician Imran Farooq Murdered In London

An exiled Pakistani politician has been murdered outside his home in north London, party leaders have said. Imran Farooq, a senior member of the MQM party, is believed to have been attacked in Green Lane, Edgware. The Metropolitan Police said a 50-year-old man had died after suffering multiple stab wounds and head injuries. They were called to reports of a serious assault at 1730 BST. The man was treated by paramedics but declared dead at the scene about an hour later. Mr Farooq's next of kin have been informed. No arrests have been madeA Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "When officers arrived they found an Asian male, aged 50, suffering from multiple stab wounds and head injuries. "He was treated by paramedics at the scene but was pronounced dead at 1837." Mr Farooq disappeared from Pakistan in 1992 and is known to have been living in exile in London since 1999, when he claimed asylum in the UK. He is understood to have been wanted by security forces and said in 1999 he had spent the previous seven years in hiding in Karachi. The MQM (Muttahida Quami Movement) is the dominant party in Pakistan's largest city Karachi.The former Pakistani parliamentarian was one of the founding members of the party. The BBC's Shoaib Hasan in Karachi said he had spoken to party members and said "there's a lot of grief and a lot of sorrow going around". He said: "I spoke to an MQM leader who was at the home of Imran Farooq in Karachi with his parents. They said that they are relying totally on the Metropolitan Police, that they have great faith in the Metropolitan Police." Mr Hasan said Mr Farooq was in essence the party's deputy leader and added he had not returned to Pakistan since his arrival in England in the 1990s. He said the MQM had a "violent" past.