Cop who arrested Aafia Siddiqui tops LeJ hit-list

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KARACHI: The arrested militants of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) have revealed during interrogation that an official of the Sindh Police, they believed had arrested Dr Aafia Siddiqui, remained at top of their hit-list.

Siddiqui, a MIT trained Pakistani neuroscientist, was convicted on two counts of attempted murder of US nationals, officers, and employees, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying and using a firearm, and three counts of assault on US officers and employees.

She is serving her 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. According to reports in local media, Aafia was arrested by Karachi Police in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city and handed over to an American intelligence agency who took her to Afghanistan for showing her arrest there in order to make a case against her.

The LeJ members say the sectarian proscribed outfit  also believed that Aafia was arrested by a police officer, who later become spokesperson for the Sindh Police. The officer, they believed, handed her over Siddiqui to an American intelligence agency.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah announced that Counter Terrorism Police of his province lead by in Charge CTD Raja Umar Khattab, have arrested two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorists involved in high profile cases, including that of Amjad Sabri Murder, killing of military policemen and firing on Majlis that had left five people dead last month.

The accused, CM Sindh said, were identified as Ishaq Bobbi and Asim Capri.

A day later the Sindh Government constituted a Joint Interrogation Team (JIT), that to be headed by SSP Intelligence Counter Terrorism Department, Omar Shahid Hamid, to interrogate the high profile cases of murder of Sufi Singer Amjad Sabri, attack on Shia Majlis, killing of Military Policemen and attacks on police personnel.

“On the recommendation of Inspector General of Police, Sindh Karachi a joint Interrogation Team is hereby constituted for the purpose of interrogation in respect of involvement in heinous high profile cases including incident of terrorism, murder of army, rangers and police personal in Karachi, resulting arrest of two personal namely Ishaq alias Boby and Asim alias Capri,” a notification issued by secretary home reads.

Sources said the militants have told interrogators that the they had been involved in  32 more cases including killing of people of Ahmadiyya community. The police will do a forensic test of the cases soon, an official told this scribe on the condition of anonymity.

The accused have further revealed that they believed a former spokesman of Sindh police of SSP rank was involved in the arrest and handing of Aafia Siddiqui to America.

“The officer has always been at top of the hit-list but couldn’t be attacked due to different reasons”. According to police, the officer has been advised to take extra measures for his security as threat still loom over his head.

It is pertinent to mention that last week the administrative judge of the anti terrorism courts in Karachi remanded Ishaq Boby and Asim Capri, both arrested a day earlier following a news conference by CM Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, into police custody for fourteen days here on Tuesday.

Both the accused were produced before the administration judge of ATCs, Naimatullah Phulphoto, which is situated in the remits of Sindh High Court (SHC) amid stern security arrangements.

The Investigation Officer submitted before the judge that the accused have been arrested in case under the charges of possessing explosive material and arms. He further told that the accused were wanted to police in the murder of Amjad Sabri, military policemen and other important case. The IO prayed that the accused should be given in 14-day police remand, which the ATC administrative judge granted.

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Sindh wants policeman father of ‘terrorist’ reinstated

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Ali Sher Jakhrani, who was inducted to Sindh Police on the “parchi” from secretary to Sindh minister and PPP Stalwart, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro

By: Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh Government has requested services of a police officer, who is not only one among those being appointed on ‘political recommendations’ but was also found guilty of turning blind eye to his son terrorist activities.

The Sindh Government has taken this initiative at a time when the terrorists are striking in different parts of the country with intervals amid countrywide operation under the national action plan underway.

At least seventy people were killed on Sunday evening when terrorists attacked Gulshan Iqbal Park in Lahore.

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Owais Jahkhrani, son of Ali Sher Jakhrani and one of the attackers on Navy Dockyard 

A letter from the office of Chief Secretary Sindh to secretary establishment division government of Pakistan, Islamabad, written on March 21, 2016 reads; “the Government of Sindh requires the services of Mr. Ali Sher Jakhrani, an officer of police service of Pakistan (BS-18), presently serving in government of Gilgiat Baltistan”.

“It’s therefore, requested that services of Mr. Ali Sher Jakhrani, an officer of police service of Pakistan (BS-18), may be placed at the disposal of Government of Sindh at an early date.”

According to an official list of political appointments in police services, a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post, Ali Sher Jakhrani – who hails from Jacobabad in Sindh – was appointed on the recommendations from secretary to Sindh Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on 90s.

Jakhrani is one of the 21 police officers who had been inducted to police on political basis, a report said.

“Jakhrani is not only in the list of 21 officers who were appointed as DSPs in Sindh Police in NBS-17 due to their affiliations with political leaders, but he was also found guilty of turning blind eye towards his son’s terrorists activities,” a source in Sindh Police told this scribe on the condition of anonymity.

After a terrorist attack on a navy dockyard in Karachi in September 2014, there were reports that a perpetrator who was killed in the shootout was a former navy sailor and the son of Ali Sher Jakhrani.

Owais, Ali Sher Jakhrani’s son, was dismissed from the navy for his ‘religious views and undisciplined conduct’, according to reports. Sources told this scribe earlier that Owais Jakhrani had remained in contact with his cop father from Afghanistan, where he had gone for militant training.

Later, forensic reports also confirmed that Owais had used his father’s service weapons during the terrorist attack on Navy installation.

With this not so ‘bright’ background, Ali Sher Jakhrani, had been in limelight during the Karachi Law and Order Case, in which he was representing Sindh Police as Assistant Inspector General Police, Legal.

On one occasion when the matter of Abbas Town Carnage was taken up, the then Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry appointed the then DIG south and incumbent Director FIA, Shahid Hayat Khan, as inquiry head of the carnage on the recommendation of Jakhrani.

After the issue of his son’s involvement in major terrorist attack came to fore, he was silently removed of the post and later transferred to Gilgit Baltistan, sources said. Some elements in the Sindh Government, who are close to Jakhrani, want to get him appointed back on important post in Sindh Government.

An officer on the condition of not to be named told this scribe, that despite his political affiliation and criminal negligence or deliberately ignoring his terrorists son, Jakhrani had rendered his services as additional IG with honesty and may be the reason for demand for him to rejoin Sindh police.

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Brother of senior police officer involved in Safoora carnage

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Naimat Khan
KARACHI: Brother of a senior officer of the Sindh police has been involved in the Safoora Bus attack that had left 45, including women, dead, it was reliably learnt on Monday.

According to sources the name of Zaheer Shaikh, who is the elder brother of a senior superintendent level officer of the Sindh police, was disclosed by Sheeba Ahmed, the alleged financier of Al- Qaeda Indian Sub-Continent arrested last month.

Sheeba Ahmed had disclosed the name of Hafiz Nasir, Hafiz Umar, Azhar , Ali Rehman and Zaheer Shaikh, a senior official associated with high profile case told this scribe on the condition of anonymity. Two of them, he said, have already been arrested by Sindh Police.

According to sources the brother of Zaheer Shaikh, who is still at large, was previously posted in Karachi.

Also read: Officials in LEAs have sectarian affiliations, report reveals

This is the second high level involvement of a family member of a senior police officer in any case of high profile terrorism. Previously, the Son of SSP Ali Sher Jhakrani, Awais Jhakrani, was found involved in the Navy Dockyard attack.

According to sources the disclosures have been made by Sheeba Ahmed, the financier of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent, who had also confessed to his association with Tanzeem-e-Islami, a party founded by Dr Israr Ahmed.
Addressing news conference SSP Naveed Khawaja had said last month that the suspect was resident of an affluent neighborhood and was running business of chemical in Pakistan and the neighbor Islamic countries.
He said that Sheeba is financing the terrorists with the money he earn from his business abroad. “Sheeba Ahmed not only prepared Safoora attackers mentally but also extended complete financial support to them to execute the Ismaili community carnage”, CTD official claimed.

A suspect, namely Hasan Zaheer, arrested from Lahore had also disclosed that Sheeba Ahmed had treated the terrorists injured in Lahore in a local hospital of the city there Khawaja informed.

The case of Safoora has brought to fore the involvement of affluent segments of the society in acts of terrorism and the involvement of Zaheer Shaikh is one of the startling ones. By now a businessman, IBA graduate and family member of senior police officials have been alleged to be involved in one of the worst terrorism against Ismaili religious minority.

Previously, Colonel level officer of Pakistan Army – Ali Khan – was court martial for his association with Hizb-ut-Tehreer, which has been enlisted as outlawed by the Government of Pakistan.

An edited version of this story was published in The Frontier Post 

Karachi Police wants bounty over TTP Chief, airport attackers

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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