Police arrest Sri Lankan team attack suspects

Published: March 30, 2011

CCPO Aslam Tareen says the accused belong to areas of Toba Tek Singh, Karachi and Bahawalpur. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: 

Lahore Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested six members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for their alleged involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.

Police said that a suicide jacket, four Kalashnikovs, eight hand grenades and 1,000 bullets were recovered from their possession.

Addressing a press conference, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Muhammad Aslam Tareen said that after investigating Muhammad Zubair alias Naeek Muhammad and Abdul Wahab – two men already in custody in the case – and with the help of camera footage, it had emerged that the attackers used Tauheed hostel at Wahdat Road and rented houses in Madina Colony near Cavalry Ground and Gujjar Colony, Shahdara, to plot the attack. He said that a day before the attack, the accused vacated a rented house in Gujjar Colony.

Tareen said that the police were tipped off about a meeting of the six TTP members by a source, who raided Jahangir’s tomb in Shahdara Town and arrested the alleged attackers.

The arrested men told interrogators that they belonged to the TTP and were given physical training in Kamalia by one Aslam alias Usama. They said they came to Lahore from Waziristan in December 2008 along with their commanders Abdur Haleem Masood and Aslam Yaseen. They also revealed that their plan was to kidnap the Sri Lankan cricket team and use them to pressure authorities into releasing other arrested TTP members. The alleged attackers said they brought the ammunition and suicide jackets from Toba Tek Singh.

According to the police, they gathered at Jamia Ashrafia after morning prayers on March 3, 2009, and arrived at City Tower near Liberty Chowk in two cars and two rickshaws.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (21)

  • vasan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 5:46PM

    Will this convince the denialists and conspiracy theorists that the Terrorists are home grown in Pakistan instead of blaming RAW/CIA/Mossad etc.Recommend

  • Rehan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Toba Tek Singh, Karachi and Bahawalpur? I thought RAW or LTTE were behind the attack!Recommend

  • How
    Mar 29, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Something happens more than 700 days ago…and suddenly arrests in that connection are made public…..!!!!!
    it is a surety that these terrorists had been captured a long time ago…but announcement made on opportune time………..another way of point scoring …this time by Police….earlier it was Rehman Malik!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Pakistan’s legal system is flawed. In the first instance, criminals are hardly netted. If they are arrested, they are not tried, or speedily tried. And, if they are tried and convicted, they are not execurted. Since the beginning of Swat operation, a large numbr of terrorists were arrested in scores of acts of terrorism all over the country, but how many of them tried, convicted and executed? Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2011 - 6:29PM

    So sleuthing abilities of Zaid Hamid not withstanding, it was not RAW, afterall.Recommend

  • Copper
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:08PM

    @How:
    How :) do you think its opportune time? We should commend at least they have arrested culprits.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:17PM

    TTP? well that kinda confirms RAW involvement.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Its a trick to please Indians.These attacks are not planned by TTP but by RAW/MOSAD/CIA/ABC/XYZ.A Pakistani can never do this.Recommend

  • saima
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Arrest any number of terrorists and suicide bombers. The courts are there to set them free with full dignity and honour.
    Just give them 51 guns salute.Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2011 - 8:32PM

    @People ranting against the courts:

    Don’t blame the courts for the incompetence of the LEA’s to collect forensic and other evidence and the incompetence of the prosecutors to build an air tight case against these elements.

    I for one appreciate a judiciary that requires a high evidential bar to be met before finding people guilty of heinous crimes and sentencing them to long prison terms. Given that our LEA’s and prosecutors are still controlled by the political parties, who are not beyond using their influence to persecute their opponents, it is in fact a very good thing that the judiciary at least is requiring that proper evidence be provided and cases be built.Recommend

  • webduniya
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:34PM

    very lazy

    the time the attack happened arrested nobodyRecommend

  • Jawad Rehman
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:38PM

    Unfortunately, the officials in Pakistan were very casual about the whole thing. To let something like this happen in the heart of the city, and then to let the firefight to go on for 45 minutes, and then to let the attackers get away – is simply inexcusable. The whole country lost the privilege to host any international sporting event for years because of this massive security lapse. Did any heads roll because of this?
    We just have to look across the border to see how sporting events are held under security threats. You just get one chance – you fail once, and you lose the trust of all visiting teams.Recommend

  • ArifQ
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:48PM

    How many times have we been here before, people are caught with much fanfare and then released later on for lack of evidence or some deal made with their patrons. Bring them to courts, expose them, try them and then hang them f convicted.Recommend

  • Well Well Well..!!!!!
    Mar 29, 2011 - 9:19PM

    @Copper:
    It is opportune time because Srilanka and Srilankan team is on nerves of our nation due to Semi Final of World Cup………Every tongue and mind has this name in mind…so why not strike the iron when it is HOT AGAIN…………!!!!!!!Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 30, 2011 - 3:06AM

    @Kamal: Cool down lad. Don’t give too much strain to your brains by thinking. We don’t expect anything better from you. Just regurgitate the nonsense you were taught by your mullahs.
    Blame everything on India/Israel/US.Recommend

  • nirmal singh maunder
    Mar 30, 2011 - 8:21AM

    This is too little too late.To allow such an attack to happen in broad daylight in heart of lahore under gaze of cameras & full security is bad enough..But to make arrest of some persons whose identity is still not revealed so late shows gross incompetence.I doubt if international cricket is possible in pakistan for quite some time..Pakistanis must understand that to have international teams playing in pakistan is more important than winning any cup.For this the security forces of pakistan must show more sincerety & focus.Recommend

  • soofunny
    Mar 30, 2011 - 9:24AM

    @Kamal
    That means you are so much scared of IndiansRecommend

  • maitre
    Mar 30, 2011 - 11:45AM

    its a police concocted story based on simple fiction in order to ward off their inefficiency. Why they didn’t arrest them when they got tipped off their designs?Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 30, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Better late than never – now how about arresting those responsible for the Mumbai massacre.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:06AM

    Has the great Pakistani Historian and Philosopher Zaid “ek baat zehn mein rakhe” Hamid any thing to say about this ? Recommend

  • hussain syed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:51AM

    @Cautious, how can you expect any better from the Pakistani authorities? We can’t even stop attacks within our own borders… how do you expect us to stop them within yours? Having said that, I’m no defence analyst but if a dozen illiterate mullahs can invade your country on a canoe, the indian authorities have to be justifiably blamed as much as their Pakistani counterparts… Recommend

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