Cop who arrested Aafia Siddiqui tops LeJ hit-list


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.

Published in The Frontier Post 


Customs house staffer, terror outfit plan school attack in Karachi

Custom House Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: An employee of the customs house Karachi, in collaboration with a proscribed outfit, has planned to carry out attack on a Karachi school, it was reliably learnt here on Thursday.

Intelligence sources told this scribe that the concerned staffer has made a plan with the terrorist organization to carry out attack on a school in Keemari port town
of the city.

Meantime, an information report sent to the law enforcement agencies in Karachi, a copy of which is available with The Frontier Post states the concerned staffer is named Fazl-e-Khaliq who is working as waiter in Custom house.

According to Intelligence agencies the concerned man belongs to a proscribed organization and is resided in Keemari town.

The report further states that the staffer is currently working as head of proscribed Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) Keemari town in Karachi who regularly holds meeting of his terrorist organization in a room situated in the locality.

The law enforcement agencies have been informed that Fazl-e-Khaliq and his associates
remained armed.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite terrorist threats the Sindh Government has remained failed in making appropriate security arrangements. Meantime, the private schools have started charging parents for the security of schools.

The story was originally published here

A Lokhandwala? Mastermind of AbbasTown carnage killed after arrest

Singam style SSP innocently says the deceased militant misled police



Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The alleged mastermind of AbbasTown bombings, Aslam Mehsud, who was in the police custody, got killed during an encounter with militants in the Surjani town area of the city.

The police during investigation from the accused got information that a big terror plan was finalised and the militants were going to attack on a hospital in the heart of the city. On this, the police prepared a team and conducted a raid at the spot which was mentioned by the under-custody militant, Aslam Mehsud.

Talking to The Frontier Post, the police officials were unable to give satisfactory answer when asked as why a high profile militant involved in the bombings was taken to the spot without providing him proper security cover.

The SSP Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chaudhry Aslam Khan while talking to this scribe claimed that Mehsud was given the appropriate security of five police mobiles but as they approached towards the explosive-laden vehicle which he had spotted during the investigation, the militants opened fire on the police team in which Aslam Mehsud was killed while two cops were also seriously injured.

“He had told us about the location of car and not that the militants may also be there” the ‘innocent’ SPP told this scribe.

According to the reports, the CID police had conducted an operation in the Surjani town area late in Saturday night and claimed to have foiled a major bid of terror in the city. According to police, Taliban commander had told that the car stationed in Surjani was ready to target the AbbasiShaheedHospital to play havoc in the centre of the city.

He said other targets were MQM’s headquarters, Nine Zero and American consulate on MT Khan Road in the south of the coastal city.

A sub-inspector of police, Khalid Saeed, a head constable, Punnu Khan and the militant in custody came in the line of fire.

It may be mentioned that after arresting him along three of his accomplices a day before, the SSP CID had claimed the militant was not only the mastermind of the AbbasTown mayhem but also the commander of Taliban’s militant wing in Karachi.

It also pertinent to note that the Supreme Court had taken notice of the AbbasTown carnage but the killing of its mastermind due to police’s negligence may cease the further developments of the case.

 Published on April 15, 2013