Karachi: 3 suspected terrorists remanded
KARACHI: A court remanded on Monday three suspected terrorists for 14 days. The CID Counter terrorism Wing produced Lashkar–e–Jhangvi Shaukat Sardar alias Usman alias Usama and the Tehreek–e–Taliban Pakistan’s Inamullah alias Barood and Tawakkal alias Wazeree before Judicial Magistrate West Sohail Ahmed Leghari. The CID submitted that the three men were involved in extortion cases and target killings and found in possession of a large quantity of weapons and explosives.
They were arrested after an encounter in Kunwari Colony, Peerabad on March 21 while they were planning to carry out terrorist attacks.
Following their arrest, CID SSP Raja Umer Khattab told the media that that three men’s accomplices, Basheer Khan Mehsud, Mehfoozullah Azam and an unidentified militant, had managed to escape.
The police found two 9mm pistols, a 30–bore pistol and 30kg of explosives inside a rickshaw at the terrorists’ hideout. During interrogation, the arrested men told the police that they were transporting weapons and explosives from Baloch Colony to their hideout in Kunwari Colony.
They had recently rented a house in Kunwari Colony for making bombs and providing logistic support to the LeJ and TTP’s bomb makers visiting Karachi from Waziristan. They revealed that their chief in Sohrab Goth, Basheer Jan Mehsud, was instructed by TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud to arrange money for bomb attacks by extorting the city’s traders.
Basheer Jan Mehsud formed a group of 14 militants that make threatening phone calls to the city’s businessmen and demand large sums of money. If a trader refuses to pay, the militants lob a grenade at his office. If he still refuses, they murder him.
The arrested men also disclosed that activists of a political party, working for the TTP provided them with information about the city’s businessmen. To protect themselves from the police and Rangers, the activists work under the political party’s name.
Sardar said that on Hakimullah Mehsud’s directives, the LeJ and TTP were working together in the city, targeting people of various sects and extorting money from traders. He said that he and his accomplices had demanded money from a dry fruits trader in Bahadurabad, but when he refused to pay, they killed him.
He also confessed to murdering Nayyar Zaidi of Pasban–e–Aza near Railway Phatak, Chanesar Goth a few months back.
They had also targeted Syed Aftab Haider on Preedy Street and a Pakistan People’s Party leader in Azam Basti. Their attack on Dr Naeem Haider, however, proved unsuccessful.
SSP Khattab had said that their next possible targets were a bank manager, a travel agency owner and a Karachi Electric Supply Company officer. Sardar was arrested by the CID in 2004 when he was working for the Asif Ramzi group and used to transport weapons for them.
In 2008, he managed to go free on bail and joined LeJ’s new group of Qasim Rasheed and Waseem Baroodi. The group leader, Rasheed, also lent a rickshaw to Sardar so he could easily transport weapons and explosives to their destinations across the city.