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February 1, 2014

The mystery of missing link in Dr Imran Farooq case

Entertainment

WD
Web Desk
February 1, 2014

DUBAI: The big missing link in the Dr Imran Farooq murder saga, that has not been paid much attention, is the fate of two suspects arrested at the Karachi airport, as reported by the BBC and many media outlets for months.
While we now know their names, who arrested them and how is the big question.The Karachi Police have denied they are under police custody.There is no word from the ISI or others. There are conflicting reports about who tipped the Pakistani authorities when they landed at Karachi.
According to the well-informed Mr Najam Sethi, the Scotland Yard tipped the ISI and the then interior minister Rehman Malik that the two were reaching Karachi. Then they just disappeared. At that time, the top officials had denied having two persons either in police or agencies custody.
Reports that were published at the time said a police party and some others were waiting for them outside the Karachi’s Jinnah Airport arrival terminal but they never showed up. Someone plucked them from the aircraft or the runway and took them away. Lately, another name has also been added to this list i.e. Mr Kazim, who helped them, has also disappeared. So these three missing persons are the key to solving the Dr Imran Farooq murder case.
Several theories are in circulation but the key question is who tipped the police, ISI or others that they were arriving in Karachi.
If Scotland Yard tipped the ISI, how did they reach such a conclusion so quickly as it is now after years that they have released their names. It is unlikely the UK police knew them. If they did, then how they escaped from London.
One theory in London is that the ISI was tipped from inside the group of people who knew these two were landing at Karachi. The members of this group were waiting for them outside the airport but someone tipped off the ISI and they were picked up at the tarmac. That is probably the point when things went wrong for these criminals and their collaborators.
The theory is

that if these two had come out and were taken away by the Sindh Police or others, they would have been found in body bags in Karachi somewhere, ending the trial that is now threatening the murderers.
Najam Sethi also hinted that the arrested persons had been interrogated and debriefed. They were used by those keeping them in safe houses to get the desired political and other results. He said two Scotland Yard officials had also come to Pakistan to interview them.
But experts say if these reports are correct, then the UK government knows the whereabouts of these suspects and under whose custody they have been kept.
If a formal request for their extradition was made, or if they were charged in absentia, the Pakistani authorities will land in a difficult position.The fear is that if the pressures increase or the situation becomes complex, these suspects may become missing persons for good and the trail of the crime may hit a dead end.