Police arrest 2 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mehsud group members

Published: November 16, 2012

Suspects involved in attacks on PAF Kamra base, Army camps, police picket, IG police says. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/ EXPRESS/ FILE

LAHORE: The Punjab Police claimed to have foiled a large-scale terror bid during Muharramul Haram, arresting two active members of Hakimullah Mehsud group, chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The suspects were allegedly involved in various incidents of terrorism including attacks on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Kamra base, camps of armed forces, police picket in Gujrat, revealed Inspector General of Police Punjab Haji Habibur Rehman on Friday.

While addressing a press conference at the Police Club, the IG Police said that a huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosive material have been recovered from the possession of the arrested terror suspects including:

Five suicide vests, two IEDs, two AK-47 assault rifles, one official used rifle MP5, 75 kilogramme explosive material sufficient for preparation of 60 more suicide jackets, 25 hand grenades, 58 manual detonators manual, 25 electronic detonators, three detonating cards, seven timers, 11 remote control devices, 12 batteries, two mobile chips, a huge quantity of magazines, bullets and other bomb-making gear.

The arrested suspects, Shafiq and his son Abdul Rehman, had earlier killed four police officers, seized an official rifle and escaped.

This incident took place in March this year.

The IG Police further informed the media that these suspects had also attacked a temporary Army camp set up near the Chenab River bank and killed seven soldiers and injured five.

IG Police Rehman also revealed that the said group was involved in Kamra base attack and one accomplice of the arrested suspects was killed during the assault.

“The group has gathered arms, ammunition and explosive material in Gujrat, to carry out massive terrorist attacks in the area and other parts of Punjab during Muharram,” the IG Police said. The militants hid this material at their residence situated in Mauza Sagr, he added.

IG Police stated that the first active member – Shafiq – was arrested by a team of Gujrat Police and Elite Force officer, led by District Police Officer (DPO) Gujrat Raja Basharat Mehmood. He said the son was later arrested in the jurisdiction of Police Station Civil Line Gujrat.

Two separate cases have been registered against the terrorist group and the IG police said he is hopeful about arresting five other active members identified during the course of initial interrogation.

Reader Comments (30)

  • Hukka
    Nov 16, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Will they be freed by our Chief Justice? Hello there?

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  • Nov 16, 2012 - 5:46PM

    Shame on JI, Imran Khan [PTI] and other TTP supporters !

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:24PM

    These terrorists must be court martialled, otherwise they will get assistance from the devils advocates of the bar andwould be later leashed upon the people by acquitting them honorably by the bench.
    This satanic trio of terrorists, devils advocates and feared holy cow will further destabilize the fragile situation.

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  • ammar
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:26PM

    mehsud group ????so that means there are different groups working under the umbrella of taliban

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  • sgrr
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:40PM

    Reaction from JI Chief and PTI, “there is no proof that these are TTP members. This is all propaganda. This is all due to drone attacks in Waziristan on innocent people and Pakistan involvement in War on terror.”

    Imran why did you not go to North Waziristan to show your solidiarty with TTP members there?

    Moreover, the police will not dare to provide any proof in any court of law against them.

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  • Uza Syed
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Talibans and Mehsood group and you arrest them—how adre you? They are the good ones—stupid—– remember the Mehsoods are the one who Imran Khan loves most!

    Suo moto in offing against Karachi police now? ——– or a writ by Taliban Khan to Ala Hazrat’s Aala Court?

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  • Hitman
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Ammad Hafeez
    ..Ammad Hafeez… You`re next on the hit-list….. im coming
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  • Oho
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:56PM

    The arms and emo is recovered from them, enough proof for anyone with some sense left in the brain. Come up with laws for speedy trials or else this azaaad adlia keep giving azadi to the terrorists.

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  • tariq khan
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:10PM

    wait CJ is coming to let you free

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  • yellow
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:11PM

    @Ammad, shame on you

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  • Student of Peace
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Instead of criticizing the judiciary here, we need to put pressure on the parliament to finally do some “work” they are supposed to do i.e. amend the laws or pass new legislation so that courts can convict these people. The existing laws do not have enough teeth. Will the “supreme parliament” please wake up ????

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  • 47
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:26PM

    @Hitman:
    just hit your headRecommend

  • Hamza
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Will chief Justice consider them as Missing persons in Punjab, so they need to be Free again.
    Kill them on sight or in police custody before they are out again, good job.

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  • Pro Truth
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Job well done Punjab Police, now courts should punish quickly and set an example! dont let them out. Yes the mehsud group is actually responsible for each and most attacks against Pakistan! They never attack NATO or Afghanistan as they provide them protection and support! TTP is not for jihad or anything, they are hired guns who work for money!

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  • MK
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:50PM

    @Hukka:

    I would not jump to conclusion here ahead of time. Collecting evidence and presenting to court is prosecutions job (Police and investigators in this case) It depends if police brings credible evidence against these ALLEGED terrorists. Arresting is the easy part. In Pakistan anyone without right connections can get arrested. We also all know that our police is not the most honest one around, and planting evidence cannot be ruled out as well. Courts decide based on the evidence and the credibility of it. Can we guarantee that, and be sure 100% without any doubt, that there is and will be no foul play in entire process of arrest and investigation by our police in this case. Ask yourself would you trust your neighborhood police to protect and serve you with all the honesty???

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  • Jewcifer
    Nov 16, 2012 - 8:14PM

    Hey ET, Gaza can’t make it to your front page? Even Washington Post has it.

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  • B
    Nov 16, 2012 - 8:34PM

    Worry not. We will soon be released.

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  • sidewinder
    Nov 16, 2012 - 8:59PM

    where are the rose petals ?

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  • sars
    Nov 16, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Please execute them fast or else their rabid friends will start blowing up jails to free them.

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  • Nov 16, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Vienna,November 16,2012
    Interesting news.I do hope peace returns to the land of the pure
    some day soon.But how is the question.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • janaan
    Nov 16, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Please for the sake of all those killed by these animals, hang them in public.

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  • Hella
    Nov 16, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Soon they will be released due to lack of evidence

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  • Mohammad Ali Ilahi
    Nov 16, 2012 - 10:11PM

    Whats the use? The CJ will free them again!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 16, 2012 - 10:12PM

    ……..why are they still alive ? Should they not be subject to the same law’s they follow ?

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  • abuwajeehhashmi
    Nov 16, 2012 - 10:24PM

    They will surely be set free by our respected CJ on lack of evidence , what a suicidal bomber has to leave behind as evidence to trace the master minds, isn’t the sacrifices of more than 35000 Pakistanis suffice to provide any evidence to the respected court.

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  • NT
    Nov 16, 2012 - 11:09PM

    And soon they will be heading back to their homes.

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 16, 2012 - 11:28PM

    Whether the people of Pakistan choose the dialogue mode or the use of power against those with diverse opinions will determine the fate of the country. The police in a democraty should not denegrate the dignity of humans which leads to the decadent and not a humane society.

    Rex Minor

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Nov 17, 2012 - 12:13AM

    Our law enforcement for its fault still manage to do some job and quiet often risk and give lives to protect the innocents, it is the courts who set these terrorists free everytime, and it is hard to believe that the cases were ill prepared in all the instances. Imagine the feelings of the police officers in the picture if and when these arrected people are set free?

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  • AZMAT KHAN
    Nov 17, 2012 - 12:50AM

    VERY GOOD HAJI HABIB UR RAHMAN AND YOUR POLICE.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 17, 2012 - 1:10AM

    Not to worry. All soon to be released due to “lack of evidence”! After some 40,000 Pakistani deaths by terror over the past decade, has ANYONE been executed or sent to a stiff sentence at a “maximum security prison” (oxymoron in Pakistan, just like “military intelligence”)???
    Pakistan’s policy of “catch and release” when dealing with terror suspects has become a joke.

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