Raid at central jail in Karachi, mobile phone used to plan attack on judge found

Published: June 29, 2013
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File photo of the Central Jail Karachi.  PHOTO: MUHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS

File photo of the Central Jail Karachi. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Police and Rangers conducted a raid at the Central Jail in Karachi and found the mobile phone allegedly used to plan the attack targeting a senior judge in the city three days ago, reported Express News on Saturday.

The raid was conducted on the basis of a tip-off given by an inmate in the prison.

Two prisoners have been taken into custody to an unknown location by the Rangers for investigation. During the search operation, Rangers found a number of mobile phones, laptops, internet devices, drugs and weapons in possession of the prisoners.

The laptops have been handed to data experts for finding useful and related information.

According to the Rangers, numbers found on the phones seized from four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists will aid in finding linked terrorists operating from outside jail from areas such as Mangho Pir and Sohrab Goth.

All jail authorities were barred from the building as the rangers took control of the search operation.

Justice Maqbool Baqar was travelling to the Sindh High Court around 8.27am on June 26, when the militants remotely triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a motorcycle. The subsequent blast destroyed Justice Baqar’s Honda Civic, two police vans and two Rangers motorcycles.

Walls of the nearby houses were damaged and windows of several buildings in the neighbourhood were shattered by the thud of the blast. The attack took place near an area where important government buildings – including Sindh High Court, Sindh Assembly and Sindh Secretariat – are located.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed that the attack was carried out by its men.

CM Sindh meets DG Major General

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah met DG Major General Rizwan Akhtar on Saturday to discuss the current situation of Karachi following the raid on Karachi Central Jail.

During the meeting, Akhtar submitted a detailed report on the ongoing targeted operations in different areas of Karachi and the arrests made in the process. The report also included details about the raid operation carried out in Karachi Central Jail.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • abc
    Jun 29, 2013 - 2:38PM

    “During the search operation, Rangers found a number of mobile phones, laptops, internet devices, drugs and weapons in possession of the prisoners.”

    This tells it all. How can these objects be found inside a jail unless jail staff is helping the inmates ? Jail staff should also be made co-accused in the case.

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  • ;-)chief
    Jun 29, 2013 - 2:43PM

    These TTP men are watching latest Hollywood action movies……

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  • bilal
    Jun 29, 2013 - 2:45PM

    good work Rangers

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  • Amir
    Jun 29, 2013 - 2:49PM

    I remmember the terrorisst who attacked Ahmadi’s place of worship, was caught and in Jinnah Hospital, when his colleagues attacked at night. He was shown being wheeled out, with a mobile phone in his hand. So this proves that state sponsored actors are involoved.

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  • sgrr
    Jun 29, 2013 - 3:07PM

    I am unable to understand that why the authorities concerned still failed to install mobile phone jammers in all jails throughout Pakistan since long.

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  • 1947
    Jun 29, 2013 - 3:09PM

    It proves that all large scale misdeeds are conducted / coordinated by so called “Police” or “Security Agencies”. My suggestion is to start monitoring / investigating the “Police” or “Security Agencies” and you will find out many of “Masterminds”. But, question is: Who will monitor / investigate? While responsible are involved.

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  • bash gul
    Jun 29, 2013 - 3:14PM

    When the minister for jail in Punjab visited the jail as a private citizen, he had to bribe the jail staff to enter and again bribe to leave the jail. Everyone knows how money plays all the part in the jail, but the jail staff is never punished for their curruptness. Its only because a high profile judiciary was attacked, the rangers went into action to raid the central jail. What about the target killings of innocent citizens of karachi, most of those killings must have been ordered from the jail.

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  • Shahzad Sohail
    Jun 29, 2013 - 3:59PM

    These five years in Sindh will be same or even worst as same people have got into Govt. These looters will not let anyone to clean up the city. So we must not expect any good news comes out. No one will succeed unless the Police & other law enfrorecment agenies are our to political influence & pressure.

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:07PM

    Just goes to show how the police in Pakistan is the problem not the solution to all criminal activities.

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  • akhtar tak
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:20PM

    In india terrorists are condidered enemy of the state by ALL
    In pakistan terrorists are some kind of nuisance heros! They are not considered threat to the country and some even onsider them support mechanism against other countries
    They escape punishment not because judiciary os intimidated but because many in judiciary are supportive of their claimed cause

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  • ashar
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:27PM

    this is the reason job of a jailor is more lucrative than that of a thanedar.

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  • richard
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:39PM

    soon we will be getting Facebook updates from central jail

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  • misbah
    Jun 29, 2013 - 4:42PM

    how on earth do they have these electronics inside jails?schools and colleges have stricter officials.i think now we know why these terrorists strike at will….we are just not eager enough.its not only the guy at top thats corrupt,its the whole system.excuse me while i go hit my head against the wall

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  • smbfh
    Jun 29, 2013 - 5:49PM

    Has anyone thought of checking first the culprits in the Central Jail for current & on-going crime on the streets. I mean the invisible “ghost” criminals are actually running their business from an office in the most safest place in the City_ Behind Bars in Central Jail_ under the nose of authorities with a strong possibility of an agreement to “Share” the booty 50/50. God forbid I even heard that few are even allowed to sneak out in night, do the robbery & pay their share for being able to have the luxury of high tech telecommunication device that can connect them to anyone around the world not just the local city. A safety protection that could make judges envious.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jun 29, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Oh, they forgot to smuggle in TNT and manuals to make nuclear weapons. Pathetic people,Pathetic police,Pathetic City and Pathetic Country. It would not surprise me who is in charge of Karachi and the jails as the ex-General Musharraf was right by saying, see who is in charge in Karachi.We know who they are and now the Brits are getting the taste of these people too.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:00PM

    @misbah:
    How true.It is heart breaking to see our country going to th dogs. Even the God is not helping us any more as they say God helps those who help themselves.

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  • Imran
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Pakistan should monitor all emails

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  • Anusha Naqvi
    Jun 29, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Hence it is proven that Rangers has been complicit with the Police and never apprehended the criminals, when PPP (& MQM) governments were in the Centre and Sindh…
    PMLN has won in the Centre and we can clearly see that Rangers are independently trying to catch the culprits. Complete peace & stability in Karachi can ONLY be ensured when PPP is out of Sindh Government.

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  • Jun 29, 2013 - 9:48PM

    Who watches the watchmen? Even in Quetta, an LeJ criminal was able to escape who otherwise was watched by Hazara guards, but were switched by higher up security officials.

    This problem is humongous, given our society’s own apathy and sympathy towards criminality and extremism, and there needs to be jailing reforms and accountability.

    Also hope the majority of Pakistanis realized terrorists TTP are joined at the hip with sectarian extremists LeJ. I would wish there weren’t such sympathizers and apologists and push for negotiations with either one of them.

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  • Goatam
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:50PM

    Corruption in our country has broken many records and government employees can do anything for money.
    This incident only proves corruption in our system.
    There have been incidences when prisoners were released from jail to do killings, robberies and come back. Thus, they can never be caught!!
    If we control corruption – we can improve our society

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  • Eyes Wide Shut
    Jun 29, 2013 - 11:56PM

    The victim was a judge and the rangers sprung into action, what about the ordinary people of this country who die daily at the hands of these criminals? These ordinary people pay for the salaries of Pakistan’s Top officials and their security but what do they get in return for their own security?

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  • gemini
    Jun 30, 2013 - 1:22AM

    As we have heard from the folks, that Sindh will see the day of Apocalypse first in the whole world and the signs are here. We can see every type of satin’s here in Sindh.

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  • a disgusted citizen
    Jun 30, 2013 - 3:56AM

    The IG Prisons (who also happened to be the longest serving superintendent of the Karachi Central Jail just before ‘making’ his way to the top) should be summoned by the SHC and grilled in the light of this serious disclosure.

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Jun 30, 2013 - 6:09AM

    Money makes the mare go. Nothing will change until the Police is overhauled. Qaim Ali Shah and former Interior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza appointed Policemen without any exam, without any proper training. So a number of Known Criminals are now part of Karachi Police and Sind Police. S.I to SHO , SHO to DSP and SPs were promoted at whims of Qaim Ali Shah and Zulfiqar Mirza the corrupt interior minister. He issued 4000 gun licenses against Rs 25,000 donation to PPP.

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