Karachi: CID claims arresting BLA’s arms supplier
KARACHI: Personnel of the Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Sindh claimed to have arrested an arms supplier of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and recovered a huge cache of arms, including rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns.
Addressing a press conference at Garden Headquarters on Friday, SSP Mohammed Aslam Khan of the AEC said that after interrogating three suspects having links with the BLA, the police came to know that terrorists belonging to various banned outfits, including the People’s Amn Committee (PAC) and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), had been purchasing arms from them.
The held suspects told the police that their ring leader Rehmanullah had travelled from Balochistan to Karachi via Feroze Coach on Thursday night to deliver a huge cache of arms to banned outfits.
Consequently, a team of AEC personnel in civvies was deployed at Mowach Goth intercity bus terminal and as soon as the Feroze coach arrived, they took positions and overpowered Rehmanullah. However, his accomplice Subha Khan managed to escape taking advantage of rush and darkness.
Police impounded the bus and a search of secret cavities in the vehicle resulted in the recovery of two anti-aircraft guns, two LMGs, two rocket launchers, 60 hand grenades, 60 locally-made bombs, two .222 rifles, four mini-rockets, 200 anti-aircraft gun bullets and 625 rounds of other weapons.
During interrogation, Rehmanullah told the police that he, along with his accomplices Subha Khan, Arbella, Shakoor, Noorullah and Haji Sherang had been operating from Pishin and Quetta.
He disclosed that they usually transport arms and ammunition through the Feroze bus service and used to stuff the weapons into the secret cavities of the vehicle at service station. Subsequently, their men would deliver the consignment to buyers in Karachi.
Rehmanullah revealed that they had been supplying arms and ammunition to a Lyari gang war group for the past two years and they had recently asked for more weapons such as aircraft guns, rocket launchers, bombs and Awan shells as they wanted to target policemen and intelligence personnel.
He further disclosed that following the arrival of their bus at the terminal, they used to shift the arms cache to a Suzuki pick-up and cover it with grass to make it look as if the vehicle was carrying feed for donkeys, and in this way, they had been delivering arms consignments to the Lyari gang war group and TTP, SSP Aslam said.