Woman claims role in PNS Mehran attack

Published: December 15, 2011

Two P3-C Orion aircraft were damaged by the militants in the May 22 attack. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The police have detained a woman who confessed to her role in major terrorist activities in the city, including the PNS Mehran attack. The woman, Sabiha Khatoon, is the wife of alleged terrorist Qari Shahid Khan, who was killed in an encounter with the police last week.

However, Inspector General of Police Sindh Mushtaq Shah appeared to be playing down the confession saying that a joint investigation team will be formed to question the woman in order to verify her claims.

According to sources, Khatoon was detained when she tried to recover her husband’s body. And during interrogation, she revealed that her husband, was involved in at least four major terror activities.

Khan was allegedly a senior member of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. He was killed in an encounter in Korangi, when AVCC and CPLC conducted a raid in a bid to recover the abducted industrialist, Riaz Chinoy.

An officer, who wished not to be named, told The Express Tribunethat the woman confessed that she and her husband were involved in the attacks at PNS Base Mehran, CID Civil Line, Karachi University and a police van attack during Chehlum in Malir.

The officer, quoting the suspect, added that five terrorists had arrived in Karachi from Waziristan to attack the PNS Mehran and stayed at her house in Korangi while she monitored the attack with her husband. Ten security personnel and four militants were killed, while two P3-C Orion aircraft were also damaged by the militants in the May 22 attack.

In the CID Civil Line attack, the woman told investigators that two terrorists from Waziristan had also stayed at her house. “The attack was planned at my home and my husband carried it out, I was only cooking food for everyone,” the officer, quoted the woman as saying.

At least 18 security personnel were killed in the attack on the CID Civil Line on November 11, 2010.

Regarding the Chehlum attack, the alleged terrorist’s wife said that her husband had planned to attack law-enforcement agencies on the occasion of Chehlum in Malir.

The woman also confessed to her involvement in the Karachi University blast, which occurred in December last year.

At least six people were wounded in that blast.

Sources have said that the woman also told investigators that she got married to Qari Shahid two years ago in Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, and has a five-month-old baby. Her two brothers had also been killed in drone attacks in Waziristan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Mirza
    Dec 14, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Punjab HC and SC must release the wife of peaceful Muslim who died for his country. All allegations are false and courts should act swifty to release all arrested memebers. They should only concentrate on PPP and political cases.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 14, 2011 - 11:48PM

    What sort of mentality these people have?

    Instead of protecting Pakistan, these people have been involved in destroying Pakistan.

    We need to see how to change the mindset of such people in the country.Recommend

  • faraz
    Dec 14, 2011 - 11:58PM

    So it wasn’t a Hindu Zionist conspiracy

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  • amir jafri
    Dec 15, 2011 - 1:14AM

    IMRAN is right! after all.If..Killing by United Satans and its agent stops; there will be no terrorists in Pakistan..United Satans of America has NEVER WON anywhere, anytime!

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  • Hyper Ali
    Dec 15, 2011 - 5:56AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: So bhaijaan if I get you right, need of hour is to change their mindset from attacking Pakistanis but at same time make sure they still have a mind to attack Hindu Baniyas and India. I am just referring and drawng conclusions from your past comments elsewhere. When our military establishment under Zia decided to indoctrinate common people with hatred he had a wish thinking that the hate will always be targeted towards India which is to a lot extent is true in our country at present. But he and his descendant generals seems to have forget that hate does not target a defined group of people, ultimately it will spawn to an evil which ends up engulfing the supporter and the creator. So good luck and tons of happiness to all my Pakistani brethren who still want to live under Hate India policy.

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  • antanu
    Dec 15, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @faraz:
    why you have to brng religion into all the things?

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  • rehmat
    Dec 15, 2011 - 8:32AM

    @amir jafri: “IMRAN is right! after all.If..Killing by United Satans and its agent stops; there will be no terrorists in Pakistan.”

    How did you reach that conclusion based on this article. Nowhere has she said that they become terrorists due to drone attacks.

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  • alicia
    Dec 15, 2011 - 12:33PM

    seems like we are moving towards women empowerment

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  • rehmat
    Dec 15, 2011 - 8:44PM

    @antanu: “faraz, why you have to bring religion into all the things?”

    Faraz is not bringing religion in, he is being sarcastic about the fact that these terror incidents have in the past been blamed on India and Israel by Pak media and even some political leaders. Now there is an actual conession from a widow that her husband – a TTP member was involved in bothe Sri Lanka cricket attacks and the Mehran base attack.

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  • R
    Dec 16, 2011 - 1:47PM

    it is widey held that India funds ttp, so there faraz

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