KARACHI: The Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) and Crime Investigation Department (CID) seem to have hit the jackpot on Saturday with the arrest of three men, affiliated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
The men, according to the AEC and CID officials, were involved the attacks on the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, the Sea View suicide blast, the murder of Advocate Mukhtar Bukhari, and the attack on the chief of AEC, Chaudhry Aslam Khan.
Mohammad Daud, alias Waleed, alias Ishaq, was arrested by the AEC from Ittehad Town, in Baldia. Around 50 kilogrammes of explosives, four suicide jackets, 10 hand grenades, two Kalashnikovs, five detonators and 20 feet of detonating wire was also found. The AEC officials said that Daud was the mastermind behind the attacks on the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in 2010 and Sea View in 2011.
CID Additional IG Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh said that Daud plotted another attack on Sunday, at the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
Shaikh said that Daud also revealed the identities of the five terrorists who were killed in the suicide blast at Sea View. Three men were foreigners while the other two were Pakistanis, he added.
In another raid, the CID arrested two more suspected TTP men from the National Highway from near Shah Latif Town. The men were identified as Azeem Sheikh, alias Anis, and Zubair Alam, alias Munna. Five rockets, and two .222 rifles were found on them. SP Mazhar Mashwani said that one man, Azeem Sheikh, hailed from Hyderabad was also affiliated with al Qaeda and was an expert of making remote-controlled bombs.
Mashwani said that Sheikh was involved in over six target killings, including the murder of Advocate Mukhtar Bukhari in Bohrapir in July 2011. Sheikh also brainwashed the other man, Zubair, to carry out the suicide attack on the house of AEC chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2012.