KARACHI: The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) claimed on Sunday that it had apprehended a member of a criminal gang after a brief encounter near Kala Pul. Police seized a TT pistol and 35 stolen cell phones from the suspect, Ali Hussain aka Aga Khani. Meanwhile, the culprit’s companions, Uzaifa, Kamran and Asif, managed to escape. While addressing a press conference, SIU chief SP Khurram Waris said that Hussain had told officials during initial interrogation that his gang was involved in the killing of at least five people, including an officer of the Pakistan Army, Tahir Baig, who was shot dead in the Sir Syed area. All the people had been killed while resisting robbery attempts. SP Waris asserted that Hussain’s arrest proved that people were also being killed over disputes and personal enmity, and that not all killings were necessarily “targeted.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.