CID arrests LeJ Karachi chief, his associate
KARACHI: The CID has arrested banned outfit Lashkar–e-Jhangvi’s chief in Karachi and his associate in a raid in Surjani Town. The two men were wanted by police for many sectarian killings. They were found in possession of weapons and explosives. “Acting on a tip-off, a CID Operations Wing team raided a house near Noor Garden in Sector-D of Surjani Town,” CID Sindh SSP Mohammed Fayyaz Khan said on Wednesday. “After a brief encounter, we arrested the Ameer of the LeJ in Karachi, Sheikh Mohammad Athar alias Khalid alias Noor alias Athar Kala, and his associate, Mohammed Shahid alias Churan.”
While scouring through their hideout, the CID team found 10 kilograms of explosives, a pressure cooker, two grenades, two Kalashnikovs, two TT pistols, five detonators, a cap equipped with a digital camera used for surveillance and hundreds of bullets. The two men were taken to investigation unit.
“The arrested men belong to the LeJ’s Naeem Bukhari group. Naeem Bukhari alias Ata-ur-Rehman is the commander of the LeJ,” the SSP said. Bukhari is wanted by the Karachi police in many cases including suicide attacks and killing of police officials, Rangers personnel and other influential personalities.”
The CID official added that Athar was a close associate of Bukhari and provided logistic support to the terrorist outfit.
During interrogation, the two men disclosed that they along with their other associates were responsible for the murder of Syed Sibte Jaffar, a college principal belonging to the Shia community, in Liaquatabad a few weeks ago.
They also confessed to killing Adnan alias Tanki and Mohammad Amir, activists of a political party, in Khawaja Ajmer Nagri.
The group had also gunned down Qamarul Hassan, a member of the Shia community, in Orangi Town.
Shia doctors were also among their victims. They were currently planning to attack the Karachi Central Jail to free their imprisoned associates.
They visited the central prison wearing the cap equipped with a digital camera to capture the footage of the entry and exit points and security measures there.
They were also planning to carry out terrorist attacks during election days, targeting leaders of political parties, processions, and polling stations.