Reports: Pakistani politician killed in London

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September 17, 2010 00:50
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LONDON — A Pakistani man identified by British media as a senior politician in his home country was killed outside his home in London, police said Thursday.

Officers found the 50-year-old man with multiple stab wounds and head injuries outside an address in north London at about 5:30 p.m., police said in a statement.

BBC and Sky News identified him as Imran Farooq, a member of Pakistan's MQM party. Both media outlets reported that Farooq had been living in London since 1992 and had not returned to Pakistan since.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No arrests were made and police were investigating the case.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, based in the southern city of Karachi, is one of the country's major parties and has a strong anti-Taliban stance. It represents mainly descendants of Urdu-speaking migrants from India who settled in Pakistan when it was created in 1947.

Rivals accuse the MQM of exaggerating the threat of the Taliban because of its history of bias against Pashtuns, an estimated two to four million of whom live in Karachi.

The MQM's office in London did not pick up calls made late Thursday.

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