Who has killed Imam?


By Naimat Khan

It was afternoon of Wednesday, January 17, 2013. I along with journalist friends was having tea at the Karachi Press Club’s garden when a colleague from an international media outlet received a call. The person on phone was Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s spokesman, claiming that his organization had killed Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) lawmaker, Manzar Imam.

Imam, 43, was gunned down a while ago in Orangi area of the city from where he was elected to the provincial assembly of Sindh on MQM’s ticket.

“From when did you start killing people of Tableeghi Jamaat,” the reporter asked LeJ spokesman. “Le, me check,” the spokesman cutoff the phone line. Within minutes, he called the reporter back and said, “We haven’t killed him”.

The TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan was the second to claim responsibility for the attack.

Imam belonged to Deobandi school of thought and had been with Tableeghi Jamaat on preaching missions, his close friends tell.

There was no clue of the killers for more than eight months before the Rangers on September 23, 2015 announced to have arrested a suspect allegedly involved in the assassination.

The alleged killer was MQM man.

According to a statement issued by the Sindh Rangers the paramilitary force arrested the accused during a raid conducted in the Taiser Town area of Karachi.

The Rangers’ spokesperson claimed that the accused, identified as Muhammad Ashiq, was affiliated with the MQM and had confessed of killing MQM legislator and his guard, according to media reports.

The reports also claimed that besides being involved in the murder of MQM MPA, the accused also confessed to killing 12 members of rival political parties and dumping their bodies in different parts of the city using ambulances belonging to MQM’s charity wing Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation.

The statement further said the accused was produced before an anti-terrorism court, which placed him under 90-day preventive detention. He was never tried in the case.

Then some media reports, citing interviews with investigators, claimed that in August 2010, Imam had closely coordinated with law-enforcement agencies in arresting the LeJ militants involved in the assassination of another MQM MPA Raza Haider.

However, on September 22, 2016, a report in a private news channel claimed and even aired the voice of blindfolded MQM Ashfaq aka chief, in which he confessed that Manzar Imam had been murdered the behest of Asfar Hussain.

Another twist in the murder case came when the arrested LeJ militant on Friday claimed that Imam was killed by them.

“Saeed aka Kaloo was directly involved in the murder of Manzar Imam,” Raja Umar Khattab, the cop having busted group of AQIS, LeJ and Sipah-e-Sahaba militants, told The Frontier Post. Khattab says it’s the handiwork of LeJ.

It’s not the first time that several claims have been made regarding involvement of different groups in a single case. In past TTP militants were eliminated for their alleged involvement in Parween Rehman murder case whereas men associated with MQM were also arrested in connection of murder of the female Director of the Orangi Pilot Project. Later the case turned out to be the handiwork of Raheem Swati, an activist of Awami National Party.

“The multiple claims by law enforcers, sometime made in hast with aims, spoil the cases, depriving the victims of justice,” said Saqib Sagheer, a Karachi based reporter covering crime and militancy.

Published in The Frontier Post 

LeJ plans to attack Rangers, CTD officials


Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has planned to attack Sindh Rangers, officials of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and SSP Malir Rao Anwar, highly credible sources divulge to The Frontier Post here on Friday.

According to intelligence sources the two separate groups of the LeJ have arrived in Karachi and will try hard to hit the targets within coming 48 hours.

The intelligence agencies have warned Rangers, CTD officials and SSP Rao Anwar to take extra measures for security and remain watchful to dodge the heinous plan of terrorists.

Sources said that Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), previously called Crime Investigation Department (CID), have nabbed many terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has broken the backbone of terrorists.

The LeJ, Taliban and Jundullah nexus has been targeting police and people of Shia sect in Sindh province. The nexus has carried out several attacks on Imambargah, police and other soft targets due to its strong network in Sindh province, however, the law enforcers, especially Sindh Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department of the Sindh police have caused them huge losses in terms of arrests and killings in encounters.

“One of the major breakthrough was the arrest of masterminds of the Shikarpur Imambargah blast”, an official of the Sindh police said while wishing not to be named.

Now in order to put the morale of law enforcers down the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has planned to carry out lethal attacks on the Rangers and CID officials. For the purpose, two different groups have been prepared, intelligences sources said. Sources said that SSP Malir, Rao Anwar who in different encounters has killed several militants associated with outlaw Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jundullah outfits is also at the hit list and thus one of the three targets of the terrorists. According to sources the terrorist may strike anytime within two days.

Originally Published here

Suicide bombers prepared to bomb two mourning processions in Karachi: Report


Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The proscribed outfits have planned to create a serious law and order situation during the upcoming Moharram by attacking the mourning processions in Karachi, warns a report by the intelligence agencies. Highly credible sources told that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in collaboration with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has planned at least two suicide attacks on two different mourning processions in district west of the port city.

According to the report, a copy of which is also available to The Frontier Post, the TTP high command in Pakistan tribal belt has directed its auxiliaries in the seaside metropolis to carry out terrorist strikes in order to create harassment and disorder in the country.

In this connection, sources said, Khaleel, who is caretaker Ameer of MPR colony, has been directed by TTP leadership to target mourning gatherings during upcoming month of Muharram-ul-Haram 2014. Sources also revealed that Khaleel has also arranged two suicide waists weighing about 5/6 Kgs to be exploded through suicide bombers during the Moharram.

Sources further disclosed that the group has brainwashed and indoctrinated a youth identified as Muhammad Zameen, aged 18 years, who is student in a local seminary in MPR colony, Karachi for carrying out the suicide bombings.

Besides, a bomber has been arranged by Fazal Ghani, who is Ameer of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Mastung, Balochistan. The second suicide bomber is being identified as Shabbir who is resident of Mastung, Balochistan. The intelligence agencies have asked the provincial government of Sindh and law enforcers to thwart the planned suicide attack on Shia mourners at Aik Number Chowrandi, Kala Maidan Ali Gadh colony Oragngi Town, Karachi. Sources said the second attack is being planned to be carried out at Imambargah Garam Chashama, Mangopir, near new Nazimabad Karachi.

Meantime, the provincial government has taken tightened measures for the security of Moharram processions.
It is pertinent to mention that around 32 people had been killed and more than 80 wounded when a bombs went off in 10th Muharram’s central mourning procession near Light House on MA Jinnah Road of Karachi in 2009.

The news story was originally published here

Daniel Pearl Case; Rangers Arrest High Profile LeJ Man from Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Rangers on Sunday arrested a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) leader, who had been reportedly involved in several high profile cases during a raid in the port city of Karachi.
The former president of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) Sindh chapter, Qari Abdul Hayee alias Asadullah, was allegedly involved in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl which got immense coverage in the international media. Subsequently, he was arrested in 2003 from Multan and implicated in the case with charges of planning and carrying out the kidnapping and murder of Pearl.
Hayee was also facing the charges of helping his accomplice, Riaz Basra, in fleeing from the Lahore Sessions Court in 1994.
After his arrest, the high profile LeJ leader was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
A black warrant had been issued in January, 1994 against Hayee for his involvement in the Shehr Sultan killings. Police investigations claimed that Hayee had thrown grenades on a Shia mosque in Sher Sultan and opened indiscriminate fire along with his two accomplices in the attack. About six people died in the incident and Sher Sultan police registered a case against the accused.
A bounty amounting to Rs2 million was announced for his arrest. 
Hayee was arrested and had been awarded the death sentence by the Dera Ghazi Khan Anti-Terrorism Court on six counts for killing six people in the Shehr Sultan attack.
Given internal differences, Qari had reportedly formed his own Qari Asad group.
Published on March 18, 2013