Friday, November 5, 2010

Hundreds of mourners gather to pay their respects to Dr Imran Farooq, who was murdered in Edgware, at Hendon Mosque

FUNERAL prayers were said for a murdered Pakistani politician at Hendon Mosque yesterday afternoon.

Hundreds of mourners crowded in to see the coffin of Dr Imran Farooq, who was killed by two “assassins” outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware.

The leader of the MQM party, Altaf Hussain, broke down in tears as prayers were offered up to one of the founding members of the party.

His father Farooq Ahmed, and the Pakistani High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, joined dozens of party activists at the service.

Tonight the father-of-two's body is to be flown back to Pakistan for formal burial with his family tomorrow in his home town of Karachi.

The Foreign Office has issued a travel advisory against British tourists travelling to the area because of fears the funeral could erupt into violence and are advised to “avoid large gatherings”.

After the murder on September 16 there were riots on the streets of the city, which is an MQM stronghold.

Today police also released an E-fit image of one of the two men seen attacking Dr Farooq with a knife and brick.


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