Karachi: 7 terror suspects held
Karachi: As efforts were stepped up to uproot violence and terrorism from the city, the police on Sunday busted a network of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan involved in raising funds from the city through extortion and death threats. Three terror suspects were also taken into custody in two other raids, including an activist of the banned Lashkhar-e-Jhangvi.
Chairing a press conference, the chief of the Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), SSP Mohammad Aslam Khan, said that that his office had been receiving complaints that militants from banned outfits were trying to extort huge amounts of money from the business community. After receiving a tip-off that TTP militants serving Commander Abdul Wali alias Omer Khalid from Waziristan were hiding out in Sohrab Goth, he directed his team to conduct a raid.
The AEC team rushed to the spot and after an encounter with the militants, the police arrested suspected terrorists Abdul Rehman, Nazraab Khan, Azhar Mehmood and Ahmed Khan.
The law enforcers shifted the suspects to the unit for interrogation and also recovered Kalashnikovs, repeaters and hand grenades from their hideout. Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that they worked for TTP Commander Omer Khalid, who sent them to the city to extort money and raise funds for the organisation. Till their arrests, the militants had managed to raise millions of rupees for their commander. The police said that the suspects had also killed many people who they suspected were spying for security agencies.
The arrested militants further disclosed that they had been issuing death threats to a trader from Sultanabad, Ijazat Khan, in an effort to extort Rs500,000. The detainees said that they had also extorted Rs1 million from a businessman, Wazeer Khan, and threatened to kill his family if he failed to pay the money.
Law enforcers added that the TTP activists extorted Rs1.5 million from Mutwafee Khan who operated his business from Khwaja Ajmir Nagri after sending him death threats. They had killed Bakht Munir in Sohrab Goth as they suspected he was a spy for law enforcement agencies. The held militants also attacked the Cement Block House in Sohrab Goth after the owner refused to pay Rs2 million in extortion. The owner of a donkey cart was killed in this attack.
SSP Khan said that on another tip-off, a raid was conducted on Jamshed Road by the AEC team, who after an encounter arrested Waseem alias Channa and recovered pistols as well as ammunition from his possession.
Channa is suspected to be a hardcore LJ activist who was involved in a number of sectarian attacks in the city in the recent past, including the murder of Shia doctors and other people from the same sect.
Also, the AEC team conducted a raid in the Mauripur area and arrested people suspected of their involvement in gang wars. The detainees allegedly belonged to the Razzaq Commando Group. SSP Khan said that after an encounter, the law enforcers arrested Babar and Maqsood and recovered pistols, ammunition as well as hand grenades.
The suspects were allegedly involved in extortion, kidnapping for ransom, robberies and street crime. Babar was also wanted by SITE-A and SITE-B Police stations for a number of factory robberies in the area. Separate FIRs have been lodged against the arrested militants and criminals.