Man arrested last week was planning suicide bombing: Larkana DIG

Faheem Pathan was arrested from Khanpur on Feb 18, later handed over to CTD Karachi


Sarfaraz Memon March 01, 2017
View of a compound inside Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan, Sindh, where a suicide bomber blew himself up on Thursday, February 16, 2017. PHOTO: PPI

SUKKUR: Faheem Sajid Pathan, an Afghan national arrested by the Shikarpur police from Khanpur on February 18, was a suicide bomber, the police revealed on Wednesday.

After initial investigations, he has been handed over to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Karachi. Larkana DIG Abdullah Shaikh was quoted as saying this on electronic media on Wednesday.

According to his statement being aired on television, the Khanpur police had on February 18 arrested Pathan, who did not possess any documents.

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During initial investigations, the suspect had told the police that he belongs to Kabul, is a motorcycle mechanic by profession and was going to Karachi for treatment.

According to his statement, the Larkana DIG claimed that Pathan was a suicide bomber who speaks Tajik language. According to the DIG, the suspect crossed into Pakistan from Landi Kotal and then travelled to Khanpur.

No confirmation

To confirm the news, The Express Tribune attempted to contact the Larkana DIG, who was neither available on call nor on text messages. When contacted, Suhail Sangi, who is the public relations officer of the DIG, expressed ignorance about the matter. He got The Express Tribune in touch with the DIG’s personal staff officer, Ehsan Abbasi, who also expressed ignorance. He shared that the DIG is in Dadu for a meeting.

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Meanwhile, Shikarpur SSP Zeeshan Siddiqui was unavailable. Finally, Khanpur SHO Muhammad Ayub Dogar said Pathan was arrested more than 10 days ago and was handed over to CTD Karachi. “I know nothing about the DIG’s today’s statement to the electronic media,” he maintained.

Sehwan bombing aftermath

Law enforcement agencies sprang into action after the deadly Sehwan bombing on February 16. On February 18, eight Afghan nationals were detained by the Jacobabad police. After thorough investigations, five of them were released while three were kept under interrogation.

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Similarly, Shikarpur police arrested Faheem Pathan on February 18. Besides him, they also arrested at least six suspects from Khanpur and Jagan but did not disclose their names.

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