CTD claims to have foiled terrorist activities by Al-Qaeda and LeJ

SINDH: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Sindh police claimed to have foiled major terrorist activities in the city by arresting a gang of militants belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Two alleged commanders of the AQIS, Irshad alias Zahid and Qari Muhammad Mohsin, and one commander of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Qari Muhammad Akram, are among the militants who have been arrested, CTD officials said.

The officer said that the arrests were made when the CTD team conducted a raid on a tip-off about the presence of militants of terrorist groups at their hideout in Khan Muhammad Colony in Baldia Town late on Tuesday night.

They were operating the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Karachi in nexus with AQIS from the last few years, CTD official said.

Earlier, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that nine suspects, who were arrested from Daska by the counter-terrorism department (CTD), have no direct connection with Da’ish.

According to the law minister, the suspects were trying to become Da’ish local representative on their own and were in contact with somebody named Abu Muawia on the social media. They were also planning to go to Syria. All those who supported them will be rounded up and interrogated, he added.

Moreover, a terrorist said to be a close aide of slain Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baituallah Mehsud was arrested during a joint raid by the Rangers and counter-terrorism department (CTD) from Kotri, Jamshoro district.

The SSP refused, however, to disclose the place where Meharban was arrested from, saying the CTD hoped to capture more terrorists linked with Meharban. He claimed that the alleged terrorist admitted to his involvement with extremist elements and activities.

The officials said that they were also looking into his connection with the terrorists responsible for the Safoora Goth incident. Tahir Hussain Minhas, one of the top suspects allegedly involved in the incident, also lived in Kotri.

An ATC in 2014 had remanded Siddiqui, Zaheer and Nadeem for allegedly providing logistical support, funds and weapons to the militants that attacked the Karachi airport.

At that time, the Investigating Officer (IO) had submitted a report which said that the suspects were arrested on Oct 28 and two of them were found carrying unlicensed weapons.

The IO had contended that during initial interrogation the suspects had disclosed that they purchased 9mm and CF 98 pistols by using the license of arms dealer Hameedur Rehman and handed over the weapons to Malik Mumtaz Awan and others.