Jihadi Network of active youths behind killing of police officers

DSP Zulfiqar Zaidi
DSP Zulfiqar Zaidi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A Jihadi network of youths – which is active in the troubled metropolis for quite some time now – has been found involved in the killing of two deputy superintendents of police (DSP) recently shot down in Karachi, highly credible sources told The Frontier Post.

DSP Abdul Fateh Sangri was shot dead along with his guard and driver in an ambush in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of the city on Friday, May 1, whereas DSP Zulfiqar Zaidi, who was the security in-charge of Sindh High Court and the Sindh Secretariat, was killed along with a friend Shahzad in an act of targeted killing on Saturday May, 8 in Shah Faisal colony of the city.

Proscribed outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed the responsibility of the murder of Sangri but investigators are not ready to believe as the evidences tell an altogether different story and disconfirm the claim.

In Zaidi case, the law enforces had ruled out the possibility of any sectarian or other motives due to personal enmity of Zaidi with some people.  “However the evidences collected from crime scenes in both acts hint at the involvement of a group of young and active Jihadi youths” a senior official told this scribe on the condition of anonymity.

Weapons used in both incidents match with each others, confirming that a single group has gunned down both police officials, sources added.

The law enforcers had found empty shells from the murder spot of DSP Abdul Fateh Sangri. Sources inform that the bullets had been fired with five weapons, with a breakup of five being fired from one, four from the second, five from the third, eight from the fourth and four from the fifth.

The bullets shells were sent to forensic which reveal that one of the weapons used in the assassination of DSP Fateh Sangri had also been used in the killing of the one Asad Ali Chawla s/o Aftab Chawla who was killed in the remits of Baloch Colony police station in April 2014. According to reports when Chawla, 24, was sitting at his Cement Depot the gunmen came and targeted him.

Though initially police had claimed that the killing of Chawla was a result of nonpayment of extortion money, however later the murdered turned out to be the handiwork of a global terrorist group. According to MWM, a Shia organization, Chawla was a notable of the Shia community.

Moreover police sources told that six assailants on three bikes had fired at DSP Sangri whereas four on two bikes had attacked Zaidi. The terrorists had ordered Sandwiches and then cold drinks from the hotel but when the waiter could bring, they had fled the scene after killing Zaidi, sitting next to them, police sources said.

According to police one of the youth was wearing beard.

Originally Published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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