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#Revealed: Pair suspected of murdering British Pakistani politician

Moshin Ali Syed (Left) and Muhammed Kashif Khan Kamran

The Metropolitan Police on Tuesday released the images of two men wanted in connection with the 2010 murder of a leading British-Pakistani politician in London.

Dr Imran Farooq, a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was killed near his home in Edgware where he had been living in exile since 1999.

The father of two was stabbed repeatedly and battered with a brick. 

Dr Farooq, a founding member of the MQM party, is said to have been targeted because he was planning to leave the MQM party and set up a rival faction in London, a move that is said to have angered the MQM's controversial leader Altaf Hussain.

His death sparked days of riots in his home town of Karachi.

Police officials today named the two suspects as Moshin Ali syed, 29 and Muhammed Kashif Khan Kamran, 34.  The two are believed to be Pakistani nationals.

The duo reportedly left the UK on the night of the murder on September 16 2010 and are believed to be in Pakistani custody but not under formal arrest.

Detectives say the men had entered the UK on student visas and had even registered to study at an East London college.

Syed had been in London for several months whilst Kamran had arrived in the UK a few weeks before Dr Farooq was killed.
Police have interviewed more than 4000 people in relation to murder and detectives are said to be seeking more information from the public.

A Met spokeswoman said : “Dr Farooq's murder would have required careful planning and help from other people, some of whom may have provided assistance or information unwittingly.

“We are appealing to anyone who has not yet come forward but knew either man in Pakistan or during their time in the UK to contact the investigation team. In particular, officers are keen to piece together the men's movements in the days immediately prior to the murder and their travel out of the UK on September 16.”

Anyone with information should call the Metropolitan police on +44 (0)20 7230 2717 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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