‘Mastermind’ of suicide attack at ISI Faisalabad office arrested

Published: February 18, 2012
Vehicle lies mangled at the site of the blast last year. PHOTO: FILE

Vehicle lies mangled at the site of the blast last year. PHOTO: FILE


Faisalabad police claimed to have arrested the alleged mastermind of the suicide attack at Inter Services Intelligence’s (ISI) Faisalabad office on March 8, 2011, in which at least 34 people were killed while another 90, including an ISI official, were injured.

Abdur Rehman alias Kaka was arrested on a tip-off from Jameel Town, in the vicinity of Ghulam Muhammad Abad police station, by a special police team headed by DSP Gulberg Ashiq Jatt.

The accused was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) No. 1, where Judge Ishtiaq Ahmad granted the police six days’ physical remand for interrogation.

Rehman was arrested in light of the information provided by another accused, Qari Usman during interrogation, who had been arrested in an injured condition from the site of the blast.

The suspect planted a bomb in a car which exploded at a CNG station situated adjacent to an ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) office in Faisalabad, killing 25 people on the spot, while another nine later succumbed to their injuries.

Many of those injured were trapped under debris for hours or hit by shrapnel, after the blast reduced the building to rubble. Most casualties were recovered from the site of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) building and gas station which also suffered heavy damage.

Additionally, 35 vehicles were destroyed in the blast that created a 10-foot deep crater at the site.

The then City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Dr Usman Anwar stated that about 150 kilograms of explosive material was used in a silver-coloured Mehran by the attackers, the target being the ISI building.

A six-member team of the Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had collected samples of the explosive material from the crime scene and sent them to Islamabad for analysis. The cause of the blast was a remote device and it created a crater around four feet deep and 10 to 12 feet wide.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Basit
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:27AM

    No doubt will be released by courts for “lack of evidence” before long. Time for ISI to pick up this guy right away.


  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Very soon our Courts will say ” Found Not Guilty”. They are very strong due to the backing of some high profile groups who have well knitted connections with our so called political/religious parties.


  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:55AM

    Abdur Rehman? Wow! I thought the culprit’s name was Abhijit Ranade. So, even Muslims are working for RAW, now? So much for Ummah!!!


  • Ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:03AM

    @Basit: Then media will make him hero.


  • What da?
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:15AM

    Very good – now can someone arrest the mastermind behind the target killings & missing persons in balochistan?


  • SAK
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Now the family of Abdur Rehman will sit with missing persons’ families for demonstrations and our media, judiciary and politicians will stand with them just to pressurize the establishment.


  • workforce
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:35AM

    @What da?:
    Sorry cant arrest a balouchi. They are guest of AF-Amerika.


  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Pakistan Zindabad, ISI zindabad,


  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:19PM

    I hope the courts will not release him


  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:42PM

    court will release him due to lack of evidence. well done judges


  • mind control
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Have we taken a peep under his pants? Isn’t he an ‘uncircumcised Hindu’ masquerading as a Muslim?
    How can a Muslim and a Pakistani attack the mother of all agencies?
    Call DPC for a quick lynching.


  • Khalid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:34PM

    I agree the courts will release him, ISI has no choice than to pick him up, than the media, illinformed human right groups even his relatives and the politicians will start creating hue & cry about him as a missing person.


  • Feb 18, 2012 - 1:35PM

    Must watch this Video , this video is a response to media propaganda by Pak Army http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlwiD4EILkE&feature=player_embedded


    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:51PM

    Majority of the people who have commented on this story know that the mastermind will be soon released by the courts and I agree with them 100%. Judges, prosecutors and the investigators are either too scared of the terrorists or the lawyers representing the terrorists are much brighter and better lawyers than the prosecutors.


    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:02PM

    all killers in the name of religion are the new YAZEED of the time.only complete ban on the politics in the name allah is solution.where is ATIZAZ is state treating all its citizen like mothre.???


  • Shayan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:22PM

    If the courts will release them its bot bcoz there is something wrong with the courts but bcoz law ministry and prosecution system is weak


  • Ishrat Salim
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Do not make fun of the courts…they are released due to lack of evidence & no proper investigation,so who are to collect them & investigate – Courts…? there is also no legislation for ” witness protection ” due to which no witness is prepared to give evidence..? so, here too, who is responsible – Courts ? it is the politicians who has to prepare such legislatures & get it passed by the Parliament.In order to strengthen & improve the efficiency of the police dept, especially the investigative / forensic dept is the responsibility of the politicians.This requires political will, but will not do because police dept is politicised heavily & most of the criminals are under these politicians blessings…so do not try to pass the buck on to the courts…pls.Let us come out from emotional mindset & face reality & expose it, instead of passing of buck..which seem to hv become a fashion / culture & part of our traditional heritage.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:41PM

    What a sad turn we have come to in the history of Pakistan…….

    The military/ISI is conducting a unjust/illegal war on their own population in the tribal areas on behalf of the US. Many of the tribes from that area have relatives in Afghanistan so they will naturally support them. I am fully behind Imran Khan…he is right in saying that this will never end until we throw the US out of Pakistan & Afghanistan and we agree a ceasefire and negotiate with our fellow Pakistani’s in the tribal areas and convince them that we are on their side. Once the US leaves Afghanistan, the tribal people will not support Al-Qaeda.

    Allah (swt) hamari madad kare aur hum sabko hadayat de – Ameen!


  • Feb 18, 2012 - 3:15PM

    @mind control: The guy is most likely member of Sepa Sahaba, who was living in a Deobandi madressa in Faisalabad. DeP will protest for his release.Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:50PM

    @Pakistan politics: excellent video. Looks like Pakistan needs a media watchdog group.


  • MarkH
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:14PM

    They should have known better. Bombing the ISI is the only way for them to have to worry about getting caught. Poor planning.Recommend

  • Azhar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Its the responsibility of Poilce, FIA and ISI to present concrete evidences before the court ,only then Court will assign punishment to the culprits .Courts , across the globe follow this so why to criticize ours .now if for some reasons evidences can’t presented obviously crime will not be established and hence courts will have to release them . Then no agency has the right to make them ”missing persons” .


  • Umer
    Feb 19, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Oh my, a strategic asset gone wild.


  • Harry Stone
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:59AM

    It seems his guilty has already been established. I wonder why.


  • Maria
    Feb 19, 2012 - 10:22AM

    @Mr. Righty rightist: He may well be a RAW agent on the payroll of Indian agencies.


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