Karachi Police wants bounty over TTP Chief, airport attackers

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: After having completely failed in apprehending small criminals, the Karachi Police believes it will arrest the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Chief Mullah Fazlullah, former spokesperson TTP and current Daish leader Shahidullah Shah, suspects of airport attack, accused of assassination bid on former SHC CJ and other high profile terrorists by fixing reward money over their heads.

This has been made as basis for getting funds of Rs 1.44 billion in letter to the provincial homes department which has raised a summary for approval of Chief Minister Sindh.

Highly credible sources said the provincial secretary, who himself had been opposing to fix bounty over arresting criminal and had floated a summary for a ban over it, facilitated the smooth raising of this summary after influential person in the Sindh Government pressurized him.

The rewards money along the high profile terrorists and militants will be fixed on 221 accused which also include the Lyari gangsters and workers of political parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement, sources said. A high rank former police officer when reminded of previous deliberations over removing the head money he agreed that it will encourage the trend of fake encounters and further corrupt police force.

While speaking on the condition of anonymity due to his past high rank position in Karachi police, the officer admitted that all over the world the reward money would be given to the informers only however the Sindh and Karachi police have been claimed million of rupees for encounters, most of which would later turn out to be fake.

The Karachi police while going on the same lines wrote a letter to secretary interior Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi on 15 October 2014 wherein he was requested to fix bounty over 221 absconders in the most wanted list of the police. The letter from Karachi police Chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo reads if the Sindh home office placed head money over the 221 absconders, it will be easy for police to apprehend criminals due to flow of information.

It has also been accepted in the letter that police officers show efficiency for apprehending the criminals who have bounty over their heads.

Sources in home department of Sindh said the secretary home Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi has prepared a summary in the light of recommendations by Karachi police chief with instructions to his subordinate to dispatch the same for CM’s approval.

According to the summary a bounty of Rs 2 million each has been fixed on TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah and former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid. Other prominent absconders include the accused of attack on former Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqir, attackers of Karachi’s Jinnah International airport and target killers of political parties.

This development has occurred in a time when due to its misuse and conflicting claims by different LEAs have compelled the provincial home department to seriously consider stopping the head money it has been placing on terrorists, target killers and dacoits.

According to a previous summary floated by Sindh Home department and the fate of which is still unknown the greed for reward is leading to fake encounters, corrupting police officers and tarnishing their image besides declining their efficiency, this newspaper had reported.

A summary floated by Sindh Home Department for approval of provincial chief executive, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, revealed both Sindh Rangers and Sindh Police requested for the reward money of Rs1 million, the PPP-led Sindh Government had fixed on a hardened terrorist of LeJ.

According to the summary, a copy of which was acquired by This newspaper, Director General, Headquarters Pakistan Rangers Sindh requested for payment of reward money, of 1,000,000 (one million) to Rangers personnel as they apprehended a most wanted terrorist, Qari Abdul Hai Alias Asadullah S/o Ghulam Ali for his involvement in terrorists activities of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Sindh and Punjab.

However, there came a twist in the story when the Sindh police also requested for head money on the same accused, claiming these were police guy who had actually accomplished the task. That summary stated a large number of cases are received from police department for announcement of reward money on the arrest and elimination of criminals.

“In some cases, it has been observed that the criminals involved in ordinary cases are being shown as hardened criminals and a reward money in million of rupees is proposed on their arrest and elimination” the home secretary, Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi, wrote to Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi had also opined that the rewards money had become a vehicle of easy gain and a means of corruption for a large number of police officers. “The reward money culture creeping in Sindh police has gravely eroded efficiency, moral and image of police officers”, the summary reads.

However, sources claimed Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi, who had been opposing the placement of such bounties himself, prepared the summary of Rs 1.44 billion under pressure from influential in Sindh Government.

The story was originally published here

Musharraf starts new political voyage amid uncertainties

Ex-president says Kargil a matter of pride, it is made into shame; announces Rs2b bounty on Shahzain’s head

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Having claimed to end his self-exile for the people of Pakistan, the former President, Pervez Musharraf, on Wednesday said he would decide his political future after knowing the results of forthcoming elections.

“I had taken the country towards skies”, claimed Musharraf in a crowded press conference at a local hotel, saying the successors had brought the country to the verge of collapse, making it a hell for the masses.
The All Pakistan Muslim League chief, who started his press conference with confessing his failure to do the required planning and selecting the desired candidates for contesting elections, said he had to rely on and trust the party leaders for nominating candidates which he hoped would be better. “I didn’t find much time to scrutinize each and every candidate” said Musharraf, adding, his party was a remote controlled party prior to his arrival in Pakistan.
The former President, while rejecting the old guns, PPP and PML-N, who ruled over the country for two and three turns, said he can neither claim to bring Tsunami nor can he contest elections separately.
Musharraf called Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) his favorite party for electoral alliance and said he expected MQM’s support especially for NA-250 on which he would contest elections at the advice and insistence of party leaders.
Musharraf said he had not struck a deal with anybody and returned to Pakistan in the interest of the country. “I have got an international status, I am respected and honored, I have never asked for anything” claimed Musharraf, adding, may be someone had done something for him but he had never requested anyone to help him start the new political career.
Regarding the conflict inside his party, the APML president asked which party in Pakistan was free of internal politics. “But I have reached Pakistan and I will control the situation” he said.
Although the doors of hotel hall where the press conference was held remained closed until Musharraf left the place due to strict security measures, he said he was not scared of anyone and would continue election campaign. “It is still to be pondered over as where I have to address to public gatherings”, said Musharraf.
The former President, who attributed all goods of his 8 years’ rule to himself, said he was not responsible for the bad that happened during the period including Bugti murder, Benazir assassination, Lal Masjid massacre, and removal and mishandling of superior judiciary.
Nuclear Proliferation: The former President, whose address to press mostly revolved around “I”, made a shocking statement that there was no control over proliferation of nuclear technology in Pakistan. “It was me who made control system, completely making it the safest technology in the county” said Musharraf alleging that Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan had been involved in nuclear proliferation that brought Pakistan the name of a rouge state.
“Had I not been there, one can not imagine what would have happened to the proliferators?” claimed Musharraf.
Kargil War: The Kargil should have been a matter of pride for the nation but it has been made a matter of shame, complained the former President when asked how he would defend his position on the issue that brought Pakistan a bad name. 
In Kargil we had gripped India from its neck but unfortunately the military victory was converted into political defeat, he said.
I had not joined army for wearing bangles but fighting the enemies which not only supported Mukti Bahini in 1970 but also made aggression in Siachen, said Musharraf.
Issue of Dr Aafia: When asked that whether those who handed over the daughter of the nation to America were traitors, Musharraf said “whoever did so was a traitor but I have not handed over her to the US”.
Bounty on Shahzain: The former President announced a bounty of Rs 2 billion on head of Shahzain Bugti, the grandson of Akber Bugti who was allegedly killed at the orders of General (R) Pervez Musharraf. “If he has announced head money of Rs 10 millions on my head, I announce twenty million rupees” said Musharraf who later enhanced the head money to 2 billions rupees.
It is pertinent to mention that Shahzain Bugti had announced to give Rs1 million in cash and a bungalow worth Rs100 million to anybody who kills Musharraf.
Bugti Murder Case: When asked whether he would apologize for the murder of Bugti to soothe Baloch people, the former President said Akber Khan Bugti had challenged the writ of the government and it was the government of the time and not the President which took action against him to restore its writ.
He was not killed but the cave collapsed when either a rocket was fired at the army officials detained there and subsequently martyred or some explosive stored there went off, Musharraf claimed. “But no one talks of the children of those four army officials who lost their lives for the country.”
Lal Masjid Operation: The former President rejected the claims that negotiations had reached to the point where these could be productive. Refusing to accept the responsibility of Lal Masjid massacre, Musharraf said all leaders including Chaudhry Shujaat were at the same page for ultimate action against the miscreants who had created a state within the state in the heart of Islamabad.
“No women or children were killed during the operation, only 94 terrorists were killed” said Musharraf, adding, the facts and figures shown in media were baseless.
War on Terror: Musharraf said the decision to join the US-led war on terror was in the interest of Pakistan and if he had not taken that decision the country’s destiny would have been radically different.
“Today you would not have been here to take notes of my press conference” said the former dictator who took u-turn after the US Secretary of State Collin Paul gave him the options of “either you are with us or against us”. Musharraf claimed that by siding with the US, he saved many things including the Kashmir cause.
The foreign hands behind terrorism in Pakistan cannot be ruled out, he said. “But no one, except me, is speaking against the terrorists” he said and added, “Only I raise voice against them while others political interests are ahead of national interests.”
Action against Judiciary: The former Army Chief while defending his decision to remove the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges from their posts, said it was his constitutional duty to remove them after the Prime Minister sent him a reference. Musharraf denied to have detained the judges and said they were free to roam everywhere.
Lawlessness in Karachi: The peace in the city can be restored only through strong will, said Musharraf. “For peace in Karachi, we would have to control the political forces behind criminal elements and 50 percent of the situation would automatically be controlled” said the former dictator while presenting his solution of the issue of lawlessness in Karachi.