3 ‘Taliban terrorists’ arrested in Karachi
KARACHI: Three suspected Taliban terrorists were arrested by the Crime Investigation Department police in a raid in SITE on Monday.
CID Investigation Wing chief Mazhar Mashwani said the three men, Noorul Rasheed, Nadeem Khan and Abid Ali, were affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat faction and primarily responsible for facilitating terrorists arriving from the tribal areas in the city. They were also involved in the killing of policemen.
The official said a police team conducted a raid at a hideout in Labour Square, SITE and rounded up the three terrorists after a brief shootout. A Kalashnikov, two TT pistols and three grenades were found at their hideout.
During interrogation, it was found that the three men were operating under the command of Abid Meshud alias Muchar who was recently killed in a shootout with Rangers.
They were also involved in the murder of Inspector Shafiq Tanoli. They monitored Tanoli’s movements and gathered information about him outside his house.
Later, they provided that information to Sher Bahadur, a Taliban commander, and on April 24, the terrorists attacked Tanoli outside his house with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in which the inspector and other policemen were killed and some others were injured.
The three men also disclosed that Sher Bahadur and Azam were heading to Orangi Town on a motorcycle carrying bombs, when it exploded near Madrassa Farooqia and both men were killed.
The three terrorists also confessed to murdering policemen belonging to the Shia community including constables Mubarik Raza Kazmi in Aziz Bhatti, Syed Haider Abbas in PIB Colony and Shehreyar Abbas in PIB Colony.
The city’s law enforcement agencies are set to conduct a grand operation against the Taliban holed up on the city’s outskirts following reports about a backlash to the military offensive in the tribal areas and the recent resumption of the death penalty in terrorism cases.
An intelligence report received by the police department has warned that Taliban terrorists were arriving in Karachi from North Waziristan as well as Afghanistan via the Chaman border to reinforce those already present in the city.