Shumaila Imran Farooq, the widow of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s slain founding leader Dr Imran Farooq, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to media reports.
Reports said that Shumaila has Stage 2 mouth cancer, which was diagnosed recently. Doctors at Guy’s hospital in London have recommended immediate treatment for fear of the cancer spreading to other parts of her body but she has not been able to avail herself of treatment due to severe financial difficulties and lack of support with respect to care of her sons, Alishaan and Wejdaan.
This is yet another devastating blow to the former MQM Sindh Assembly lawmaker on reserved women seat, who has had to endure the injustice of her husband’s cruel political murder, with no signs of justice being any time soon.
The cancer diagnosis comes to Shumaila on the 9th murder anniversary of Imran Farooq, the former formidable MQM leader, who once ran the powerful machine of the ethnic party with its founder and leader Altaf Hussain.
Only a few days ago, a private news channel had revealed that Dr Imran Farooq’s widow is living in extreme poverty with her two sons in Edgware in a derelict building, above a mechanic’s shop.