Fresh raids in Edgware linked to murder of Pakistani MQM founder Imran Farooq

Imran Farooq was stabbed and beaten to death outside his home in Green Lanes, Edgware

Imran Farooq was stabbed and beaten to death outside his home in Green Lanes, Edgware

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Detectives investigating the high-profile murder of a Pakistani politician two years ago have carried out fresh raids in Edgware.

Scotland Yard confirmed the searches were connected to the murder of Doctor Imran Farooq, who was stabbed and beaten to death outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware, on September 16, 2010.

The father-of-two was a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the third largest political party in Pakistan, but had lived in England in self-imposed exile since 1999.

The London headquarters of the MQM is based in Edgware High Street.

Police are thought to be investigating one line of enquiry that Doctor Farooq’s killing may have been politically motivated.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed officers from Counter Terrorism Command had executed a search warrant at a business address in Edgware on Thursday.

The force would not confirm the exact location of the raids but the spokesman said the searches lasted into Friday.

It is thought officers removed documents from the offices but no arrests were made.

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