ISLAMABAD - A Division Bench of Islamabad High Court yesterday conducted hearing of bail plea of Moazzam Ali allegedly involved in MQM leader Imran Farooq’s murder and raised a question about the purpose of registration of this case in Pakistan.

The IHC division bench comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah heard the post-arrest bail application of the accused and observed that apparently, it seems that this is a political case.

The bench questioned that murder took place in London then why Pakistani government has registered the First Information Report of the incident here in Pakistan.

During the hearing, a standing counsel Khawaja Imtiaz informed the court that a team of Scotland Yard officials is in Pakistan that is sharing information and evidences with Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

At this, the IHC inquired from the standing counsel that did they record testimony of the eyewitnesses in Britain. The standing counsel told the court that it will take four or five days to complete the on-going process.

Therefore, he sought time to answer the questions.

Late, the IHC dual bench deferred the hearing in this matter till next week for further proceedings.

The accused Moazzam Ali in his bail plea contended that he has got no direct or indirect role in the murder of former MQM leader Imran Farooq.

He maintained that murder took place in London, the accused was arrested from Karachi and the case was registered in Islamabad.

He further argued that Pakistani investigating authorities have been prosecuting against him on the basis that he has been a facilitator in this matter whereas there has been no evidence against him. Therefore, he prayed to the court to grant him bail after arrest in this matter.