Justice Baqar attack: Suspercted LeJ commander planned more attacks, says IB

MQM leaders on LeJ's hit list.

Sumera Khan July 19, 2013
PM directed the agency officials to take strong action against all the anti state elements. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: According to the final report submitted by Intelligence Bureau (IB) to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, IB claims that the suspected chief of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) Death Squad Masoom Billa has been arrested and being questioned further by security agencies.

According to the report the accused was arrested after a prolonged observation.

The premier was told that the Billa had provided significant information regarding attack on Justice Baqar in Karachi.

The accused had revealed that the LeJ were planning more terrorist attacks in the country.

According to sources at the premier’s office, “after the briefing by the IB officials, the PM directed the agency officials to take strong action against the perpetrators and apprehend all the anti-state elements and determine who is providing arms, financial and logistical support to these terrorist factions.”

According to the report Billa was arrested in a joint operation of IB Karachi and Sindh Police from Afra Garden, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi.

Report claims that Billa is not only the head of the LeJ’s Death Squad, but he is also the executor of the attack on Justice Baqar in Karachi. During interrogation, suspect told the investigation officers that Qari Bashir Ahmed Leghari andAsif Chotoo were the masterminds of the attack on Justice Baqar, while Atta-ur-Rehman was overall incharge of the operation.

Investigators further claims that suspect had revealed the future plans of the banned outfit. Billah told the investigators that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members including Haider Abbas Rizvi were on their target due to their sectarian affiliation.

Earlier this week a suspected mastermind, Leghari, in the attack on Justice Maqbool Baqar was arrested from Surjani Town, Karachi. Leghari succumbed to his injuries late on Wednesday night at Jinnah Hospital.


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