Two commanders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested by law enforcement agencies in the Pabbi tehsil of Nowshera district late Monday night.
An official of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) told The Express Tribune that the law enforcement agencies raided a house in Bandha Nabi, around three kilometres from Pabbi, and apprehended two militant commanders of TTP Orakzai Agency, identified as Muhammad Saeed and Naimat Karim.
“They were living in a rented house for a year,” the official added, saying that Saeed is also known as Qari Saeed. The Taliban militants were shifted to an undisclosed location by the IB for further interrogation, the official said.
Safiullah, a resident of Bandha Nabi, told The Express Tribune that both TTP members had been for a long time living in the house, which was isolated from the residential area and located in the fields.
“Both of them rarely interacted with the locals; no one knew what they did,” Safiullah said, adding that they not even went to the mosque.
“Both paid Rs10,000 as rent for the house. No one pays such a huge amount of money for rent in the area,” he said, adding that he did not know about the owner of the house.
Safiullah said that locals remained unaware of the commanders’ identity. “We found out when intelligence agencies operatives raided the house and took them away.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2012.
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