Politician 'stabbed on way home'
A Pakistani politician who was attacked on his way home from work died of multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head.
Colleagues of Imran Farooq, 50, fear he was deliberately targeted by opponents. He was found stabbed and beaten to death outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware, central London, shortly before 5pm on Thursday evening.
Detectives issued an urgent appeal for witnesses as they continued their door to door inquiries and a spokesman said: "Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or saw the attack.Dr Farooq was on his way home from work when he was attacked. He was found suffering from stab wounds and head injuries.
"A post-mortem took place at Finchley Mortuary (on Friday) and gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head."
The senior MQM (Muttahida Quami Movement) party member was living in exile after fleeing his homeland 11 years ago following death threats.
His murder sparked violence in Karachi, where vehicles and shops were set alight despite a call for 10 days of peaceful mourning.
Raza Haroon, a fellow member of the MQM and close friend of Dr Farooq, said the victim had "so many enemies" but did not have any personal protection.
Asked if the killing was politically motivated, he replied: "Yes, because he was outspoken and because of his affiliation with the MQM. And also because he had sought asylum in this country after fearing for his life. He could have been targeted."
The investigation has been passed from Scotland Yard's homicide and serious crime wing to its counter-terrorism command.
The move signalled that senior detectives fear the crime is politically motivated, but it is understood no direct evidence has yet emerged.