KARACHI: Security forces claimed to have arrested an activist of the banned sectarian outfit, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, from Lyari.
Police officials said the alleged militant, Abdullah, son of Amanullah, was arrested from the limits of Chakiwara police station. Police were tipped off that Abdullah was living in a house he had rented in Lyari.
The Chakiwara police raided the house and arrested Abdullah.
They also seized weapons from his possession.
“He was wanted in many crimes, including a bank robbery, kidnapping for ransom and sectarian target killings,” said SP Rana Pervaiz.
SP Pervaiz claimed that the suspect had confessed that he had killed many people of a ‘rival sect’. Quoting the confessional statement, police officials said that he had been receiving instructions from the organisation’s Lyari head, Muhammad alias Mama. “Together with other accomplices I attempted seven sectarian killings,” police quoted the activist as telling the interrogators. SP Pervaiz said that religious scholars were on his hit list.
The Sindh police had already asked the home department to announce Rs500,000 in head money for the arrest of Abdullah but the request had been denied. The Chakiwara police registered an FIR, No 288/10, under section 13 D against Abdullah.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2010.