Foiling terror

The presence of terrorists in the biggest city of the country indicates that terrorists are not lying low.

Editorial April 22, 2020

At a time when most of the world is preoccupied with fighting the coronavirus pandemic, enemies of Pakistan have not stopped their activities both at the borders and within the country through their spies and terror operatives. Our ever-vigilant security forces, security agencies and law enforcers have been successfully foiling all sinister designs of the enemies. Within the span of the past two days four suspected terrorists of the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), and a serving cop, who worked as an agent of the Indian spy agency, RAW, have been arrested in Karachi through the joint efforts of security agencies and the police.

The alleged RAW agent, an ASI, who worked for a team of the MQM, was arrested on Monday. A day earlier the gang of AQIS was busted. Four members of the gang were arrested in Gulistan-e-Jauhar locality of the city. Detonators, remote-control devices, improvised explosive device receivers, hand-grenades, Kalashnikov rifles and other weapons were recovered from their hideout. Law-enforcement agencies say the terrorists had recently arrived in the city after receiving training in Afghanistan. They had carried out reconnaissance of the City Courts, the police training centre, offices of intelligence agencies and the Pakistan Stock Exchange. The arrested gang members have disclosed that their two leaders are staying in Afghanistan, and some of their accomplices are hiding in Karachi and they facilitated them with money, shelter and conveyance.

The fact that the alleged terrorists arrested in Karachi had carried out reconnaissance of important establishments and the kind of arms and devices they possessed show that they planned to perpetrate destructions on a large scale in Karachi and other places in the country. The presence of terrorists in the biggest city of the country indicates that terrorists are not lying low. Security agencies are, however, successfully neutralising them. 

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2020.

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