Sectarian violence: 12-year-old arrested while planting explosives

Published: September 25, 2011
Khaliq, an Afghan national, was arrested near Nechari imambargah. PHOTO: ZOHAIB JIAJA/EXPRESS

Khaliq, an Afghan national, was arrested near Nechari imambargah. PHOTO: ZOHAIB JIAJA/EXPRESS


Anti-Terrorism Force (ATF) personnel have arrested a 12-year-old boy while he was planting an explosive device at Nechari imambargah on Alamdar Road, situated in an area inhabited by the Hazara community in Quetta.

According to official sources, ATF and police personnel carried out raids in various localities of Quetta in the early hours of Saturday, during which they arrested Abdul Khaliq near Nechari imambargah and recovered explosives from his possession. The suspect was identified as an Afghan national and is a resident of Killi Raisani.

During interrogation, he revealed the names of his accomplices, while stating that they were located in Hazar Ganji. It may be mentioned that the area is close to the place where the killing of 29 Shias took place earlier this week.

Police sealed off the area in Hazar Ganji and launched a search operation. Some suspects were arrested and explosives were seized. Abdul Khaliq and Aslam alias Zubair, were among those arrested and are now being questioned, a senior police official said requesting anonymity.

However, senior police officials did not confirm the arrests. According to Deputy Inspector General Investigations Nazir Kurd, police have detained over 250 suspects in connection with targeted attacks on the Hazara.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Sep 25, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Good work ATF!!


  • Sep 25, 2011 - 2:15PM

    Good Work ATF!! Appreciated!

    But…. I hope this time you not gonna release them from your jails and later call it prison break!


  • Choas A.D
    Sep 25, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Good work Zia-ul-Haq!


  • FJ
    Sep 25, 2011 - 4:02PM

    OMG! A 12 years old boy! they cant clean their poo properly at this age and look at him what kind of destructions he was going to do..Recommend

  • Adil
    Sep 25, 2011 - 5:17PM

    According to the local reports, it was the locals hazara community members in the area who apprehended this boy and handed him over to authorities. In anycase, happily the attack has been foiled.


  • B
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Will this matter be taken up with NATO CIA and Karzai. Last time I checked they are responsible for Afghanistan.

    Also what is NATO US KARZAI doing about the kids kidnapped by militants across the border.


  • kazim
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:17AM

    good work but of no use. police and judiciary in Pakistan have captured a lot such terrorists but till now no one is sentenced. they captured kareem kurd, dawood badeeni and usman saifullah but let them scape. i saw the cofession report of kareem kurd, he accepted many killings and offer the judge to help him in this regard. after 7 years he was set free. i ask u ppl to tell me did the judge helped him or not?


  • Haider Hussain
    Sep 26, 2011 - 10:10AM

    No matter how hard we try, No matter how much money we throw, No matter how many refugees we provide shelter to, these Afghanis can NEVER be Pakistan’s friends and well wishers, NEVER!!!!


  • abbas
    Sep 26, 2011 - 11:46AM

    Each sectrian death of innocent will add fuel to the hell fire. Recommend

  • Amjad
    Sep 26, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Time to send all the Afghanis and foreigners home! What about building a big wall to keep out the Afghanis from entering Pakistan.


  • hassan khan
    Sep 27, 2011 - 1:22AM

    hazara community is not so innocent, this all looks put up job.


  • Munir Khan
    Sep 27, 2011 - 2:11AM

    If ever there was a planted story then this was it!!

    In the long history of such plants we have had Mossad/RAW/CIA & now to this we add KHAD.

    Express Tribune should know better, this story reeks……….


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