The United Kingdom agreed to deliver evidence to Pakistan regarding the murder case of Imran Farooq, which emerged Tuesday.
Toby Cadman, the Pakistani government lawyer, said Dawn that he had presented the documents related to the case in the High Court of Islamabad (IHC). The documents include the index of evidence, as well as a letter from the United Kingdom government that agrees to share the originals.
In addition, he confirmed that Pakistan had requested mutual legal assistance (MLA) to transfer relevant evidence to the investigation into the murder of the leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
Cadman said he is currently in Pakistan to deliver the acceptance letter, the list of evidence and attend a hearing on the case.
Meanwhile, a two-member bank of the higher court composed of the president of the IHC Supreme Court, Athar Minallah, and Judge Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb, overturned the verdict of a trial court and allowed the Federal Investigation Agency ( FIA) will take more time to gather evidence. The court said the trial should be completed within two months after the presentation of evidence.
The acceptance letter was also presented in court during today's hearing.
Dr. Farooq, one of the main leaders of the MQM, was murdered in front of his home in London in 2010.
In June, the FIA special prosecutor, Khawaja Imtiaz, had informed an anti-terrorism court (ATC) that the United Kingdom was ready to share evidence in the murder case, provided that the defendant was not punished with death penalty in conviction case
Imtiaz had told the ATC that the United Kingdom Central Authority, in response to correspondence related to the exchange of evidence in the case of murder, said that European law did not allow sharing evidence with a country where the crime was punishable by death.
He added that the United Kingdom government had asked Pakistan to guarantee that they would not be sentenced to death for evidence related to the murder.
The special prosecutor said that the Pakistani government had told the Central Authority of the United Kingdom that the matter was under consideration and for this particular case, the law could be amended or the presidential pardon could be invoked to commute a life sentence to life imprisonment. . However, he had said, the superior law office would have one last word on this matter.
Previously, the Islamabad High Court had ordered the ATC to conclude the trial in October 2018. The FIA, on the other hand, had requested time to the trial court to present evidence it hoped to obtain from the United Kingdom under the MLA's request.
Initially, the UK authorities had not responded to Pakistan's request for the MLA.
Two suspects in the case, Khalid Shamim and Syed Mohsin Ali, have registered their confessional statements before the magistrate, saying that Dr. Farooq was killed because it was a "powerful threat to the leadership of the MQM." However, the suspects then backed away from their confessional statement, saying they recorded the previous statement under duress.
Another suspect, Moazzam Ali, has not yet registered his confessional statement in the case.