LAHORE: Senior commander of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Dr Arshad, accused of killing four intelligence officials near Jhelum on November 11, has been arrested from Waziristan, sources told The Express Tribune. Whether it was North or South Waziristan, however, was not revealed.
Dr Arshad, along with four aides, has been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation.
The militant commander was suspected of killing four Military Intelligence (MI) officials and a civilian on November 11, Pir Chambal hills, near Jhelum.
The victims — Major Afaq Ahmed, Hawaldars Mazhar Abbas, Nike Fayyaz Ahmed, Mehmood Ahmed Shah and civilian Afsar — were said to be on a spy mission to gather information on militant hideouts in Pir Chanbal’s mountains, when they were intercepted.
Secret agencies conducted a search operation in two days that followed the killings; however, the suspects fled the region.
Dozens of people, including men and women, were taken into custody for inquiry. Three suspects, including a PCO operator identified as Adeel, were arrested outside a cement factory near the Pir Chambal shrine, while two others, said to be facilitators of the LeJ, were also detained by an intelligence agency.
Dr Arshad’s criminal record
According to a criminal record obtained by The Express Tribune, 12 cases have been registered against Dr Arshad and his accomplices between 2003 and 2011 at different police stations in the districts of Chakwal and Mandi Bahauddin.
These cases are related to murder, attempted murder, kidnapping for ransom, possession of illegal weapons, attacks on Ahmadis and terrorism.
Dr Arshad, a resident of Mao village in Mandi Bahuddin district, is responsible for killing eight Ahmadis in Mong village, near Mandi Bahuddin. A case has also registered against him on charges of firing a rocket at the Shah Taj Sugar mills situated in Mandi, as well as opening fire on a local MPA.
A case regarding the killing of PML-Q local leader Iqbal Lali’s brother was also registered against Dr Arshad.
He was involved in the abduction and torture of a former UC Nazim as well, and the killing of a local landlord and his colleague in a barber shop.
Investigation officer of Pir Chanbal Operation case Inspector Malik Mushtaq told The Express Tribune that so far Dr Arshad and his aides have not been handed over to the police by any intelligence agency.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2011.