LeJ's Karachi chief arrested

Tariq Shafiq is a known terrorist responsible for various sectarian killings.


Web Desk May 07, 2013
Tariq Shafiq is a known terrorist responsible for various sectarian killings and is wanted in many cases. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's (LeJ) Karachi chief was taken into custody on Tuesday, Express News reported.

The Special Investigation Unit arrested Tariq Shafiq and recovered arms and weapons in an operation. Shafiq is a known terrorist responsible for various sectarian killings and was wanted in many cases. He is also a suspect in the murder of college principal, Professor Sibt-e-Jafar.

He was a former head constable in the police telecommunication wing, but was later sacked from his job because of his involvement in sectarian attacks and was arrested. He was however released in 2008.

His whereabouts came into light after ex LeJ Karachi chief, Hafiz Qasim Rasheed, was arrested in 2012.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) is a banned, sectarian-jihadi outfit with strong links to al Qaeda. The anti-Shia terror icon – dominated by militants from Punjab — has established safe hideouts inside North Waziristan. The LeJ is the biggest group operating in Karachi and of 246 terrorists arrested from the city since 2001, 94 belonged to LeJ, according to a secret report by the CID.

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COMMENTS (12)

rabya | 7 years ago | Reply

Why was he released even after being involved in sectarian attacks? like wow..

Raja Islam | 7 years ago | Reply

@RK: It is not about the judiciary. The police has to make the proper case, the prosecutor has to prosecute and then at the end of the day witnesses are required. If the police cannot provide security to the witnesses or the judges, criminals will be released by courts.

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