Altaf Hussain, senior PML-N leader among ‘most wanted terror suspects’

FIA's anti-terrorism wing compiles document listing profiles of some 1,210 terrorism suspects it deems most notorious

Waqas Ahmed November 11, 2020


Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Nasir Mahmood Butt are among the list of suspects in terrorism cases that the country’s top investigation body considers ‘most wanted’, it has been learnt.
The anti-terrorism wing of the Federal Investigation Agency has compiled a document listing the profiles of some 1,210 terrorism suspects that it deems most notorious, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune.

The list contains information on suspects wanted in some of the most high-profile terrorist incidents to take place in the country, such as those accused of carrying out the attempt on the lives of former president Pervez Musharraf and his prime minister Shaukat Aziz. Others listed include suspects wanted in the assassination of late Punjab home minister Shuja Khanzada and the kidnapping of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider.

In what should put a rest of India’s constant finger-pointing at Pakistan, the 198-page document also lists the names and profiles of those allegedly involved in carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks. In connection with the murder of senior MQM leader Imran Farooq, the list also includes the party’s founder Altaf Hussain as well as the former head of its diplomatic wing Muhammad Anwar.

Curiously enough, however, the document also lists PML-N London leader Nasir Mahmood Butt as a ‘most wanted terrorism suspect’. According to the document, Butt’s name was added after anti-terrorism provisions were added to the case pertaining to the video scandal judge Arshad Malik was embroiled in.

Of the total 1,210 suspects listed in the document, a majority – 737 to be precise – are wanted by law enforcement agencies in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Another 161 suspects are wanted by law enforcement agencies in Balochistan, the document revealed. A hundred of the suspects listed are wanted by the agencies of Sindh, while another 122 are wanted by law enforcers in Punjab. Another 32 and 30 suspects on the list are sought by law enforcement agencies of Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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