Dr. Imran Farooq
We refer to the article titled "Pakistan: Imran Farooq murder linked to rows within MQM party" published on your website since 26 September and a shorter version of the article published in your newspaper on 27 September titled "Politician's murder linked to party rows". We write to register our profound dismay that the Guardian chose to publish such baseless allegations against our party, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).
The allegation that the murder of Dr Imran Farooq was somehow linked to "rows within the MQM" is entirely false. It is of note that it is attributed only to "sources" without giving any indication of who those sources might be or whether they have any political axe to grind. There were no internal divisions in the MQM which might have led to his murder. Dr Imran Farooq was the founder member of the MQM and remained the party convener of its central co-ordination committee until his last breath. He was a highly respected member of the party and remained on good terms with senior officials of the MQM. At a time when we are still grieving about his tragic murder and when a police investigation is under way, these allegations have caused significant hurt and distress to millions of MQM workers and supporters.
Dr Farooq Sattar
MQM deputy convener
and four others