Karachi: 3 sectarian killing suspects arrested
KARACHI: Days after the Sindh government announced a reward of Rs1 million for the arrest of sectarian killing suspects, the Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday claimed to have arrested three suspected terrorists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan for their alleged involvement in killing 10 people, including five lawyers.
The CID officials also claimed to have recovered a cache of arms, ammunitions as well as a hit-list. SSP Aslam Khan told a press conference in his office that on a tip-off that some activists of a banned outfit allegedly involved in sectarian killings had been hiding in the Mauripur area, he directed DSP Ali Raza to conduct a raid.
The DSP, along with his staff, conducted an early morning raid in the Mauripur area and after a brief encounter arrested Mohammad Taufeeq Ansari, Salahuddin Israel and Maulana Mohammad Arshad and shifted them to the investigation unit.
During a search of their hideout, police recovered three Kalashnikovs, three 9mm pistols, two TT pistols, five hand grenades, two motorcycles and 150 bullets. During the investigation, the accused allegedly disclosed that they had killed Kafeel, Shakeel and Badar Muneer in the Arambagh police limits on January 25, 2012.
The accused told the police that they had been assigned to kill Kafeel and Babar Shah, but at the time of the attack two other lawyers, who happened to be along with their target, were killed inadvertently.
The held suspects were also found to be involved in the killing of another lawyer, Muktiar Abbas Bukhari, in 2011. In this offence they were accompanied by Imran alias Tahir and Azeem Ahmed Shaikh.
In the same year the accused allegedly killed a Naatkhawan, Kashif Ali, a shop owner, Ameer Ali, and a typist at the City Courts, Kausar Zaidi. They also disclosed of having killed Ansar Ali.
The accused also told the police that they had been assigned to kill Maulana Abdul Karim Naqsbandi, and they managed to kill him in 2005 after a failed attempt a year earlier. They also disclosed of having targeted Qari Habib in 2005. They allegedly told the police that they killed Qari Habib because he belonged to the Sunni Tehreek and used to deliver statements against their organization.
It was further disclosed by the accused that they were also assigned to kill some prominent personalities in the coming days. Moreover, they allegedly said that they also wanted to kill one Tanveer who used to defend some suspects belonging to the Shia sect in their cases in court.
It was further disclosed that on their hit-list there were some other lawyers belonging to the Shia sect. When SSP Aslam was asked why the accused who had been involved in cases of targeted killings since 2004 were not arrested earlier, he said that the CID had earlier arrested them, but they were released on bail by the court. To another question how the accused got bail since they were arrested by the CID in killing cases, he said that it was the decision of the court.