Two of 16 Nanga Parbat attackers arrested: Police

Published: June 30, 2013

According to authorities, of the ten people who have been allegedly accused of the incident, one belongs to the Diamer Valley, three are from Mansehra and the rest belong to Kohistan. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: In a major breakthrough on Sunday, Gilgit police claim to have arrested two of the 16 identified accused believed to be involved in the assassination of 10 foreign tourists and their Pakistani cook on the night of June 21-22 near the Nanga Parbat base camp.

The arrested have been taken into custody for further investigations. The identity of the second person is still not known.

Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG) Ali Sher, who is leading the investigation of the gruesome murder of the tourists, told The Express Tribune via telephone that the police successfully raided a house in Chilas and arrested ‘Shafi Muhammad’ who had been earlier identified and nominated in the FIR.

“This evening we arrested one of the identified accused persons. It is a break through as far as the arrest of the other accused is concerned”, said the DIG.

According to Sher, the accused was arrested from a house in Chilas with the help of intelligence reports, where he had been hiding for some days.

The DIG said that the perpetrator belongs to Diamer district and had been involved in ‘other such activities’ as well.

“The police has its own investigation procedures to reach the other perpetrators who were involved in the killings of the mountaineers”, said the DIG.

Sher further said that the police, the intelligence agencies, members of the peace jirga and other agencies were working side by side to arrest all suspected persons and was optimistic that they would soon reach all the culprits.

The chief secretary and IGP Gilgit-Baltistan last week had disclosed the names and identities of 16 people who were allegedly involved in a crime that has not only shaken the country, but has also made the headlines in the international community.

According to the authorities, 10 of the alleged accused belong to the Diamer Valley, three are from Mansehra and the rest are from Kohistan.

On June 23, gunmen dressed as paramilitary forces killed nine foreign tourists in an unprecedented attack in the Himalayas of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Truth_Prevails
    Jun 30, 2013 - 3:37PM

    Good begining. Arrest all culprits, conduct a fast trial on daily basis and let Justice Prevail. For God sake don’t release him after 2 years on bail, citing insufficient evidence. You may call Scotland Yard for insights as how to collect forensic evidence if it has not already been screwed up.

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  • Mullah Man
    Jun 30, 2013 - 3:46PM

    The question is will he get a free villa in Abbotabad, will he get a mobile phone and TV to use in his short time in Jail , will our public shower him with rose petals, and finally when will our judiciary free him due to lack of evidence
    So Many terrorists have been caught and they all end up back on the streets Recommend

  • bilal
    Jun 30, 2013 - 3:56PM

    execute them publically. Army, Police, law making agencies set an example for the better Pakistan

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  • Afzal Jutt
    Jun 30, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Heh Terrorists you better watch out because we are coming to get you.

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  • Feroz
    Jun 30, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Instead of making announcements please focus on arresting all the 16 culprits from where ever they are. Thank You !

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  • S!D
    Jun 30, 2013 - 4:45PM

    This is a great news. Wish you best of luck Mr. Ali Sher. Catch rest of the culprits also and restore some of Pakistan’s image. Best Wishes!

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  • raji
    Jun 30, 2013 - 4:59PM

    These people will be left in one year by court. Policy only arresting innocents to save their jobs and to divert pressure…

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  • B
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:01PM

    The accused has nothing to worry about. Just say that ‘foreign hand’ was invloved and everyone will beleive him. All is well.

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  • aaaaa
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:02PM

    shouldnt all these details be reported at the end when the case is closed? if any of the others know that an arrest has been made won’t that make them harder to arrest? of course that way the media would never get off the LEA’s back, reporting on their ‘incompetence’ and all.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:20PM

    they don’t work that fast on Pakistani being murdering in Pakistan what a shame we been treated like few hundreds years ago….

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  • Nadeem Hunzai
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:21PM

    Great work Mr Ali Sher. thumbs up for your bravery.

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  • Imran
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Good break through. I hope it is not an eye wash by the police. PTI to remain on watch that no MNA stands in the National Assembly to demand their release as in the case of Qadri, the killer of Salman Taseer.

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  • ModiFied
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:37PM

    Now that a person has been arrested, find out the so called foreign hands behind this particular attack. Publish a white paper if foreign hands are found. If not, apologize to India whom Pakistanis often name for such incidents.

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  • Pashtunyar
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:46PM

    I can only hope they havent arrested an innocent guy because he is likely to be tortured by the army/police into giving the names of his companions! By the way, GB govt should remove the sign, ‘killer mountain’, its embarrassing to say the least! (and its 26000 feet not feets)

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  • Tariq Ali Sial
    Jun 30, 2013 - 6:48PM

    Government should bring whole prosecution against them on media and should handle it strictly that nobody in future would dare to kill innocent humans on Pakistani soil, no body would bring hate for Pakistan from international society.. would that happen before, years before, we would be in great ease rather our governments legalised killings and patronised killers against Russia, India etc etc!

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Jun 30, 2013 - 6:49PM

    China asked guarantee for her citizens as Chinese troops are stationed in GB. Thank you China for making namallom affrad to become maloom affrad. Just to refresh memory Lal Masjid operation was initiated at Chinese request too.

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  • antanu
    Jun 30, 2013 - 6:56PM

    @ModiFied:
    no one has blamed india for the gruesome act.why bring in this issue. for God’s sake please try once in a while to comment with sanity

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  • antanu
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:01PM

    @Pashtunyar:
    may be…over here. in India this Patrice is a common place.

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  • Prince
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:10PM

    is it 9 foreign tourists or 10????!!!!!!! you’ve mentioned 10 in the first para and 9 in the last one?? :s

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  • Weirdity
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:14PM

    Since a suspect is in custody, we can ask the most important question of all. Was he “uncut”? :-)

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  • Razi
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:14PM

    @antanu
    That’s not what most Indians come here for: commenting with sanity.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:29PM

    @antanu:
    You yourself has been blaming India for everything. Have you seen the comments form Pakistanis. Sheikh Rasheed made a fiery speech in the Assembly blaming India. He made this speech the very next day after this incidence and it was a main news in many of Pakistan’s news media. Have you listened to anchors like Dr. Moeed Pirzada? Many in the Assembly clapped and cheered his speech. See what Lala Gee and others like him write. Also see what you yourself write. You are advising others on sanity ????????

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Excellent job! Now lets hope that, if proven guilty, the culprit are given harshest punishment by the courts. We don’t need qadri like episode where the culprit was caught but court was unable to punish them due to threats.

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  • Insaan
    Jun 30, 2013 - 8:15PM

    @Tariq Ali Sial:
    No one is talking about TTP or other agencies.

    Sher further said that the police, the intelligence agencies, members of the peace jirga and other agencies were working side by side to arrest all suspected persons and was optimistic that they would soon reach all the culprits.

    How peace Jirga knows about this? When did they came to know? Did they know attack was going to happen?

    Previous news also mentioned these people were trained by banned outfits? Why these banned outfits are not named?

    Paki police has no morals about killing innocent people. Police/ISI/army can put a gun to the head of any Pakistani and make them confess anything.

    Musharaf mentioned in his book how Pakistanis made millions of dollars by handing over 300+ al Qaeda members to CIA.

    A day or two before a Pakistani Prime Minister’s visit to USA, Paki air force bombed a training camp for terrorists. Some one called the camp a day before the bombing to tell senior leaders should stay away. Phone got recorded by a foreign intelligence agencies.

    Pakistani cook was killed to hide identity of killers. This slaughter had nothing to do with drones. I doubt if Pakistan public will know the reel truth.

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  • Gratgy
    Jun 30, 2013 - 8:40PM

    @antanu
    Yeah right! Talks of sanity coming from someone who has been shamelessly masquerading as an Indian for quite some time now and who has zero knowledge of India. Sanity Indeed!

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  • stevenson
    Jun 30, 2013 - 8:50PM

    @ModiFied: I wouldn’t be surprised if this criminal and others like him are being actively supported by foreign agencies. If the US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel says India is using Afghanistan as a base to conduct acts to destablize Pakistan, why does it surprise you that Pakistanis would look wearily across the border when innocent people are harmed in Pakistan? This wouldn’t be the first time.

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  • B
    Jun 30, 2013 - 9:58PM

    @stevenson:
    “US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel says India is using Afghanistan as a base to conduct acts to destablize Pakistan”.

    I dare you to provide a link to this.or stop your useless ranting.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 30, 2013 - 10:55PM

    @stevenson:
    Chuck Hagel never said that India is using Afghanistan to destabilize Pakistan. All that he said was that India’s investments in Afghanistan are causing problem for Pakistan. Yes, India’s investments in infrastructure projects in Afghanistan are causing heartburn for Pakistan as Pakistan cannot do such things for Afghans. As Afghans see these projects helping them, they are more inclined towards India and this beings jealous feelings in Pakistan. Read Chuck Hagel’s statement. He has never used the word “destabilize Pakistan” nor has he mentioned India using “Terror” or “Terrorists” anywhere in his statement. It appears you have not read the statement and just have picked up from some others who have made ignorant comments in ET.

    Also, care to read about what US Congressman Dana Rohrabracher said about Pakistan, on its sentencing of Dr. Afridi, OBL’s presence in Pakistan, etc. They are more specific and clear.

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Jun 30, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Show attackers UNCOVERED/UNMASKED FACE to media, otherwise the credibility of this news will remain under question…

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  • Jim
    Jun 30, 2013 - 11:42PM

    Yes, @”stevenson,” India is also “responsible” for what happened today in Quetta and Peshawar, right? You can either wake up and smell the cordite…or you can remain in denial while your country goes down. Recommend

  • Gratgy
    Jul 1, 2013 - 12:00AM

    If the US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel says India is using Afghanistan as a base to conduct acts to destablize Pakistan

    No he didn’t…. Pakistanis don’t need India to destabilise them. They are doing a fabulous job of it by themselves

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  • Raj - USA
    Jul 1, 2013 - 1:52AM

    @stevenson:
    There is bitter feelings between India and Pakistan. But to believe that India would go to the extent of sponsoring or using its own agents to kill Chinese in Pakistan territory is insane to the utmost. Neither India nor China has used or shall use their agents or proxies to kill citizens of other countries. They both are matured enough.

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  • Gp65
    Jul 1, 2013 - 2:27AM

    @antanu: Since you ask – Sheikh Rasheed said that in the parliament. Tareq Fatemi who is the Foreign policy adviser said this in a talk show, in other words this issue was said by a member of legislature and member of executive.

    Now let me ask you this question. Is there a reason you continue to call yourself an Indian?

    @Razi Sure. Saying Indians are involved even though TTP has accepted responsibility is sane. Allowing your own country’s people to be killed and economy to be drained while chanting foreign hand mantra is sane. But pointing out the absurdity of such behavior is not sane according to you. I salute your sanity and your wisdom. I am also impressed by your lucidity since you have explained your opinion very well with facts and data.Recommend

  • Gp65
    Jul 1, 2013 - 2:32AM

    @stevenson:
    US defense secretary Chuck Hagel has never said what you attribute to him. His speech you refer to was when he was merely an opposition senator and given to a thinly attended group of students. He has not repeated that statement after becoming secretary of state. Secondly, if an MNA of PTI says something in the parliament, that is his personal opinion and not that of his party let alone his country but an opposition senator saying something in a speech to college students becomes not only the official party line but the official stance of his country according to you. Impressed by your clarity. Recommend

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