Arrested TTP Karachi leader confesses to killing KP minister’s son

Published: January 11, 2012

Abdul Qayyum Mehsood, arrested earlier this month, confesses to killing son of Mian Iftikhar Hussain. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

KARACHI: The chief of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Karachi chapter, arrested earlier this month, has confessed to killing the son of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, confirmed Crime Investigation Department (CID) Sindh Police on Wednesday.

SSP CID Fayyaz Khan said that Abdul Qayyum Mehsood confessed to killing Rashid Hussain by firing at him in Nowshera on July 24 last year. The culprit also told the police that he was accompanied by Naqeebullah and Kaleemullah, two of his fellows who were later killed in a drone strike.

The TTP man also said that the killing was properly planned.

Hussain was out on a walk with his friend in the Pabbi area near Nowshera district when gunmen opened fire at them. They both were shifted to a hospital where Hussain succumbed to his injuries.

The SSP said that the TTP leader was arrested on January 5 along with three of his accomplices in a police encounter in Manghopir. Several weapons, suicide jackets and rockets were also recovered from their possession.

CID AIG Shabbir Shiekh had said that the suspects were involved in a dozen bomb attacks, kidnappings for ransom, murders and robberies in Karachi.

Police kills alleged terrorist, two flee at Empress Market

The police claimed to have killed an alleged terrorist in an encounter at Empress Market in Karachi, reported Express News.

Two of his accomplices managed to escape, said the police.

A hand grenade has been recovered from the killed suspect; however, his identity still remains unknown.

Reader Comments (20)

  • ABC
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:52PM

    he was accompanied by Naqeebullah and Kaleemullah, two of his fellows who were later killed in a drone strike.

    long live DRONES !

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  • ABC
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Kudos CID !

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  • No to Talibans
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:21PM

    ANP leader was shot dead by Talibans in Karachi, now high profile Taliban terrorists arrested from Karachi.
    ANP still stick to its claims No Talibans In Karachi??

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  • Ahad
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Death to Talibs!

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  • Kafka
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:57PM

    The TTP is famous for kidnapping and robberies in Karachi, is it lawful in their version of Islam??

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  • truepak
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:08PM

    Police has been recently doing a splendid job at arresting these TTP butchers lately.keep it up.Recommend

  • FJ
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:28PM

    kill em

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:32PM

    I am waiting for @Hu Jintao’s comments about evil drones.

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  • SB
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:58PM

    For God’s sake show the terrorists faces. Why do you hide their faces? They are killers they should be shown no soft corner. Call them terrorists and not extremists and militants. Hang them at the nearest lamp post.

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 5:39PM

    this confession might even not b enough for our “independent judiciary” to hang him.

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  • Salim
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:15PM

    They will be released either on bail or for lack of evidence as many others earlier from LJ,LT and TTP.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @ABC: Drones only manage to kill these terrorists less than half of the time, the other times its civilians who die. The drone operations should be continued but with assistance from Pakistan army and missiles fired at suspected terrorist bases, not on civilians.

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  • DB
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Drones killed Naqeebullah and Kaleemullah of TTP and produced ten more of them. Good job drones indeed!

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 8:38PM

    Unfortunately, it is quite common to hear about terrorist activities in the northern region, but the growing number of terrorists in other parts of the country sends a chilling warning to the government of Pakistan. The time to act is now, and these terrorists need to be made aware that law and order are in place, and serious repercussions are waiting for those who commit crimes. They will not have it their way, and those who continue to carry forward their evil agenda will be brought to justice and strictly punished. This news should be heard with joy because quite possibly these terrorists could have been responsible for the killings of innocents in the near future. The terrorists on both sides of the border have been on a mission to disrupt the peace throughout the region. Our forces along with innocent civilians are regularly attacked, and it is only fair that no leniency is shown in dealing with these terrorists. We fully support and back Pakistan in its fight against militancy, and hope to work side by side in clearing the region from the wrath of terrorism.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:10PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    I am waiting for the day when drones strike on real terrorists i.e. TTP and not some unknown suspected militants

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 9:51PM

    @Adnan:

    The drone operations should be continued but with assistance from Pakistan army and missiles fired at suspected terrorist bases, not on civilians.

    I would prefer the drone attacks not happen either due to civilian deaths and casualties, though I do recognize many terrorists have been killed very successfully, where we were even pleased when the US finally responded to our request of taking out TTP’s Baitullah Mehsud. Of course, there was an ethical dilemma, considering that the mass murderer massacred Pakistanis in markets, rallies, hotels, masjids, etc, but in the drone attack his young (2nd/3rd/4th?) wife and child were killed in the process. Would there be any guarantee if boots on the ground would have avoided such casualties?

    However, let us admit this fact, that part of the problem why the drone attacks are employed is simply because of Pak army’s lack of cooperation or assistance and reluctance to put even boots on the ground chasing after Haqqani or other Afghan militants, hence not even attempting to protect Pakistani civilians honourably themselves, even though the Turi tribe or other locals have asked for immediate help.

    @Hu Jintao:

    I am waiting for the day when drones strike on real terrorists i.e. TTP and not some unknown suspected militants

    The article just detailed a TTP leader militant confessing his accomplices, Naqeebullah and Kaleemullah, in an earlier murder on a Pak minister’s son were eliminated in a drone strike.

    They are not ‘some unknown suspected militants’.

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  • hamza khan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:14PM

    @DB:

    doubtful logic.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Karachi police is doing a splended job. My solute to them!

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  • Umer
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:48AM

    No worry, terrorist friendly court will absolve any such people

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:22AM

    @Adnan:
    SO, you say that “Drones only manage to kill these terrorists less than half of the time, the other times its civilians who die. The drone operations should be continued but with assistance from Pakistan army and missiles fired at suspected terrorist bases, not on civilians”!

    Once again, the Drone’s expensive Hellfire missles are used with targeting provided by Army/ISI agents on the ground in the target area! They are not randomly fired at “civilians” as you seem to infer. If the Americans didn’t care about civilian casualties, the B-52s would have appeared over FATA long ago!

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