Karachi: ‘Deputy chief of Punjabi Taliban’ arrested
KARACHI: The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) arrested “the deputy chief of the Punjabi Taliban” on Monday for his alleged involvement in bank robberies.
SIU Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Farooq Awan said the unit had received a tip-off from an informer about a suspect of the January 7 bank robbery taking refuge in Orangi Town.
SSP Awan formed a police party and carried out a raid in the locality specified by the informer. Spotting the policemen approach, the suspect tried to escape but he was arrested without offering much resistance.
The SIU also found two TT pistols and a number of live rounds on him.
The police official said that during interrogation, the detainee identified himself as Syed Islam alias Aziz Jan, the deputy chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab in Karachi.
Islam confessed to robbing a private bank in Korangi No 5 along with accomplices on January 7 and murdering two security guards in the process, added the official.
The branch manager, cashier and another employee had also sustained injuries by the firing of half a dozen robbers who made off with around Rs1.7 million in the year’s first bank heist.
Private security guards Muhammad Shafiq, 40, and Dilshad Ansari, 27, had been shot multiple times when they tried to resist around six armed men breaking into the bank.
The robbers later fired inside the bank, slightly injuring cashier Muhammad Ali and another staff member, Wajid, besides subjecting branch manager Zafar Iqbal to torture.