KARACHI: Slain MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq’s body was reportedly being taken to his Karachi residence before being shifted to MQM headquarters, better known as ‘Nine Zero’, after a PIA aircraft carrying the body arrived at the Karachi airport on Saturday.
The PIA flight reportedly left London’s Heathrow Airport for Karachi after a one-hour-long delay due to unfavourable weather conditions.
Farooq’s family members, including his widow Shumaila Imran, his children, parents, sisters and brothers-in-law were also on the same flight.
Moreover, MQM’s Coordination Committee’s Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar, members Coordination Committee Raza Haroon and Wasay Jaleel were also travelling on the same flight.
Farooq’s funeral prayer would be offered at the Jinnah Ground in Azizabad after Zuhar prayer and he will be buried in the Shuhada graveyard in Yasinabad.
MQM leaders Babar Ghauri and Rauf Siddiqui had reached the airport to receive the body. Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad and Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also arrived at the airport to receive the body.
MQM said arrangements to ensure maximum security had been finalised and hundreds of workers of the MQM were assisting the local administration in this regard.
“We are satisfied with the security measures employed in the city,” MQM MNA Haider Abbas Rizvi said.
After the arrival of Dr Farooq’s body, the patch of Shahrah-i-Faisal from the airport to Karsaz had been closed for all transport.
Also, both public and private transport stayed off the roads and commercial centres remained closed, giving the city a deserted look as people chose to remain indoors.