ISLAMABAD -- An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad handed life imprisonment to three accused in the Imran Farooq murder case on Thursday.
The judgment was read by ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand as the accused appeared before the court through a video link to attend the hearing.
'The prosecution has succeeded in proving the case against all three of you,' remarked the judge during today's hearing.
The accused, Khalid Shamim, Mohsin Ali Syed and Moazzam Ali had been in Adiala jail ever since they were arrested. Their sentences will run concurrently and their time already spent in jail will count towards their sentence, according to the detailed verdict issued.
The court ordered the sentenced individuals to pay Rs1 million each to the heirs of the murdered MQM leader.
It also issued perpetual arrest warrants for MQM founder Altaf Hussain, Iftikhar Hussain, Muhammad Anwar and Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran.
Following the announcement of the verdict, the slain MQM leader's wife, Shumaila Farooq said that she won't even wish for her enemies to go through such tough times as she had.
She said that "strength" and "patience" are two important virtues to live by and she accepts the court's decision.
The court in its detailed order stated that it had been proved that the "MQM founder gave the orders" to murder Farooq.
'Two senior leaders of MQM-London conveyed the orders to Pakistan,' said the court in its 39-page order. It added that...