‘Arrested members of TTP behind killings of polio workers’

Published: January 10, 2013

A modified four-wheeler motorcycle for disabled persons, two pressure cookers and nine cricket balls were among the items containing explosives which were seized by the CID officials from alleged members of TTP. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department claimed to have arrested five alleged members of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who they said were also involved in killings of the female polio workers and bomb blasts on Ayesha Manzil.

The accused, Ayub Khan, Bilal aka Mushtaq, Tauseef Ali aka Bhai Jan, Saifullah alias Mushtaq and Motim Khan, were arrested after an encounter with the CID police at their hideout in Ittehad Town.

Ayub, who is believed to be a group leader, was reportedly injured in the crossfire. A modified four-wheeler motorcycle for disabled persons that contained around 60 kilogrammes of explosive, two pressure cookers containing nine kilogrammes explosives each, nine cricket balls laden with explosives, 25 kilogrammes of explosives, five hand grenades, four Kalashnikovs, five 9mm pistols, detonating code and ammunitions were also found in their possession.

CID’s additional inspector general, Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh, accompanied by SSP Fayyaz Khan, SSP Chaudhry Aslam and SP Mazhar Mashwani, disclosed details of the arrests during a press conference held at the Central Police Office on Wednesday evening.

During the initial investigation, the accused reportedly confessed to being involved in the killing of two female polio workers in Karachi’s Ittehad Town and Orangi Town, said CID police chief, Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh.

Terrorist activities

In December 2012, four female polio workers were killed in Karachi on the same day – Naseem Akhtar in Orangi Town’s Toori Bangash Colony, Kaneez Fatima in Mohammad Khan Colony in Ittehad Town,  and Fahmida and Madiha were shot dead in Gulshan-e-Bunair Landhi.

SSP Fayyaz Khan told The Express Tribune that the accused were also being interrogated about their links in the killings of the two workers in Landhi. He suggested that TTP’s Hakeemullah Mehsud group could be behind the attack.

CID officials said that the suspects also confessed to their involvement in the bomb blast on Ayesha Manzil. On January 1, as participants of a rally organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Minhajul Quran International, were boarding buses, a bomb went off on a motorcycle and killed at least four people.

“The army, police and political parties – all those against the Taliban are on the hit list,” said the Anti-Extremist Cell Chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan. “The suspect, Saifullah, is physically challenged and is the only who can get through a crowd and detonate his explosive laden four-wheeler bike.”

SSP Aslam told The Express Tribune that their ring leader, Ayub, was also involved in slaughtering about 35 army personnel in Swat.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2013.

Reader Comments (11)

  • John B
    Jan 10, 2013 - 8:37AM

    Bravo. But will they be punished?

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  • M.Asad
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:06AM

    Atleat… CID is doing something, All the best to CID teams and SSP Chaudhary Aslam.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:10AM

    (were arrested after an encounter with the CID police)

    They should have been terminated instead of being arrested to avoid going thru the hopeless prosecution cycle.
    Haven’t the security agencies learnt anything?

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  • Saqib
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:22AM

    Are we going to see speedy justice and see them dead?? I don’t think so they will be freed soon to kill more innocents as usual.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 10, 2013 - 10:36AM

    The real killers of polio workers must be laughing at this news.

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  • Hafeez
    Jan 10, 2013 - 12:32PM

    The maximum prosecution time should be one month. Once proven guilty, should be hanged publicly next day. Such drastic measures need to adopted.

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  • Hussain
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:07PM

    @Yoghurt lover: Are you one of them?

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:44PM

    Now our respected courts will release them for lack of evidence. They will also enforce government to pay them for unlawful detention like Malik Ishaq used to get.

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  • Anna
    Jan 10, 2013 - 4:26PM

    @Yoghurt lover:
    And how do you know this??????

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  • Abdul Wadood
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:00AM

    Now what do we have here?

    See this:
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/490777/anti-taliban-agenda-pamphlets-call-taliban-foreign-agents/

    it states:
    “The pamphlet further terms the recent attacks on polio workers, which the banned outfit had claimed responsibility for…”

    banned outfit = ttp.

    This is a lie.TTP had denied their involvement in these attacks.
    Here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20880948

    “Last month, in a series of attacks, gunmen killed nine health workers taking part in a national polio vaccination drive.

    While the Pakistani Taliban have denied carrying out the killings, they have long denounced the vaccination drive as a Western plot either to gather intelligence or to sterilise Muslim children.”

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  • Abdul Wadood
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:01AM

    Slanted Journalism?

    “The Crime Investigation Department CLAIMED to have arrested five alleged members of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)”
    and
    “SSP Fayyaz Khan told The Express Tribune that the accused were also being interrogated about their links in the killings of the two workers in Landhi. He SUGGESTED that TTP’s Hakeemullah Mehsud group could be behind the attack.”

    Compare ‘suggested’ and ‘claimed’ with the bold headline.

    TTP have denied any involvement in the attacks on polio workers. (which isn’t mentioned in the article)

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