Saturday, 16 December 2017

Imran Farooq’s murder suspect extradition: UK wants evidence must not be used in Pakistan

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The United Kingdom (UK) has linked the extradition of Mohsin Ali Syed, one of the suspects in the Imran Farooq murder case and presently in Pakistan custody, with the assurance from Pakistani authorities that the evidence to be supplied with the extradition request will not be used for the purpose of any prosecution or investigation.

Highly reliable sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told that Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has already assured the UK authorities that the material evidence supplied for the extradition of Mohsin Syed will not be used for the purpose of any domestic prosecution or investigation. The UK authorities have, however, expressed the desire that, besides the verbal agreement from the interior minister, such an assurance should also come in writing from a senior official in the interior ministry, the sources said.

The extradition of Mohsin Syed is on the agenda of the upcoming UK-Pakistan talks on cooperation between the two countries on security and home affairs scheduled to be held in Islamabad this week.

The ‘Operation Demerit’ launched by the UK authorities for investigating MQM founder Altaf Hussain for possible offences in relation to the Public Order Act (1986), The Terrorism Act (2000 and 2006) and the Serious Crimes Act (2007) is also on the agenda of the talks, the sources said.

A document shared by the British High Commission in Islamabad with the Pakistani authorities on the Pakistan-UK cooperation says that the British government was committed to bringing the murderers of Imran Farooq to justice. “The police and Crown Prosecution Service have forensic evidence against one of the suspects in Pakistani custody, Mohsin Ali Syed.

They would like to extradite him to the UK to face trial. “Before handing over the formal extradition request, we require an agreement that evidence contained in the extradition request will not be used in any trial in Pakistan of Syed or anyone else linked to the murder. This is a normal practice for evidence set out in extradition requests.

Alongside verbal agreement from the interior minister, we would request this assurance to come in writing from a senior official in the interior ministry,” the document further explained to the Pakistani authorities. The assurance is binding on all future administrations, the UK government held.

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