Parachinar militant held; arms seized
Karachi: Personnel of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Sindh, claimed on Saturday to have arrested an activist of Hizbullah (Parachinar Group) and recovered arms and looted items. He had been wanted by the police in a number of criminal cases, including bank robberies committed during Ramazan.
SSP Mohammed Fayyaz Khan of the CID said that investigations regarding the presence of militants and their activities in the city was under way. During the investigations, a tip-off was received from an informant about the presence of a Hizbullah activist in Karachi, who was involved in fund generation and hiding in the Tariq Road area.
Acting on the tip-off, the police conducted a raid in PECHS near a UBL branch and after an encounter arrested Abid Hussain Bangash. During the search of his hideout, the police recovered one Kalashnikov, two hand grenades and a looted amount of Rs230,500.
The suspect was shifted to the investigation unit for interrogation, during which he disclosed that he was an activist of Hizbullah’s Parachinar Group. He said that he was imparted guerilla training in Parachinar and later he was directed to move to Karachi and generate funds for the organisation by committing bank robberies and other criminal offences.
SSP Khan said that Bangash, along with his accomplices Zakir Hussain, Hussain Jaan, Asif and others, had robbed the Askari Bank in Gulshan-i-Iqbal of Rs3.2 million and fled in a hi-roof.
Bangash also disclosed that he, with his accomplices, had looted UBL Bank situated in the Peerabad police limits and fled with Rs3.7 million. They had also snatched a yarn truck from Quaidabad area and later sold the truck with the yarn to one Khattak who had given them Rs0.5 million.
It was also disclosed that Bangash, with his accomplices, had committed street crime, including motorcycle lifting, from Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Landhi, Quaidabad, Baldia and Peerabad areas and later sold the stolen goods in Hub, Balochistan.
SSP Khan added that the suspect was trained in Parachinar under the command of Ali Akber and Ashiq Hussain who also trained activists of the banned Sipah-i-Mohammad and Hizbullah.
It was further disclosed that some of the trained activists were directed to join security companies as they were later deployed at banks which made it easy to commit robbery in banks and all these groups worked under the command of Najam Shah, who was earlier arrested by the CID Operations Wing, Sindh.