Rawalpindi: ‘Red Book’ containing profiles of terror suspects issued
RAWALPINDI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Punjab police has issued a fresh edition of ‘Red Book’ containing the profiles of 70 most wanted suspects involved in terrorist attacks and sectarian killings and the details of rewards for informants. The book also carries the names of the suspects who were involved in terrorist attacks on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, mastermind of suicide attack on Qasim Baila office of Inter Services Intelligence Multan and terrorist involved in the suicide attack on PAF base Sargodha.
According to the book, prepared by the Punjab counterterrorism department, of the 70 high profile terror suspects, 28 belonged to different Sunni outfits and 20 to Shia organisations, while the rest had association with various banned outfits including Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
Abdul Hameed alias Wattoo belonged to TTP and wanted in connection with terrorist attacks on GPO Chowk and Navel War College, Lahore.
The fresh edition of the ‘Red Book’ has been sent to all police stations and City Police Officers of the Province.
The first part of the book contained profiles of terrorists, while the second and third part shows their association with the organisations.
It also carries their photographs, criminal record, the names of the terror groups they belonged to and reward money announced by the Punjab government.
Among the desperately wanted terrorists, Ikramullah belonged to TTP Baitullah Mehsood group and was involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Matiur Rehman belonged to Amjad Farooqi group and wanted by police in connection with suicide attack on former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf. The attack was carried out on December 25, 2003.
Besides five other terrorist attacks, he was wanted by police in Karachi Sheraton hotel bomb blast case. The government has announced Rs10 million for information leading to his arrest.
Among the most wanted terrorists was a former policeman Mohammad Yaquoob for his involvement in terrorist activities.
SSP (operations) Dr Akhtar Abbas said the book contained the profiles of those criminals wanted by the Punjab police, although some of them were involved in terror activities in other provinces and had been on their list of most wanted people.
Replying to a question, he said: “Some of the wanted terror suspects or fugitives have been placed on exit control list, but I believe that all of them must be placed on the list to prevent them from going abroad.”
He said the Federal Investigation Agency’s help was sought to arrest the wanted criminals from abroad.
The SSP said in case any of a criminal/terrorist wanted by the counter terrorism department and listed in the red book was killed either in encounter or found dead, he was considered as “arrested one” and his name was deleted from the ‘red book’ as per rules.