Two suspected 'target killers' arrested

Published: October 10, 2010
CCPO Karachi says police have arrested two suspects linked to target killings. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI

CCPO Karachi says police have arrested two suspects linked to target killings. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI

KARACHI: Police arrested two suspected in connection with ongoing target killings in Karachi from Orangi Town on Sunday.

Speaking to the media in Karachi, CCPO Karachi Fayyaz Leghari said that the suspect, named Naseem Firoon and his accomplices were involved in the target killing of doctors and belonged to banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The CCPO also revealed that the arrested men were planning an attack on an Ahmadi worship place in Karachi.

Banned militant organistations have been linked to target killings in Karachi, with a Crime Investigation Department (CID) report regarding terrorism in Sindh stating that out of 246 terrorists apprehended between August 2001 and May 2010, 94 belong to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, 12 to the Sipah-e-Sahaba, 40 to the Harkatul Mujahideen al Alami, 36 to the Tehreeke- Taliban Pakistan/al Qaeda.

The National Assembly in September adopted a unanimous resolution asking the government to take ‘pragmatic steps’ in order to control target killings in parts of the country, especially Karachi.

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  • Foqia Badr
    Oct 10, 2010 - 11:15PM

    A timely catch.
    One wonders what happened to the terrorists handed over to the police by the Ahmadi namazees on 28th May 2010, after the attack on their Model Town masjid?Recommend

  • Khadim Husain
    Oct 11, 2010 - 8:21AM

    Drug addicts or target killers?
    Two ‘hit men’ arrested

    By Faraz Khan

    KARACHI: The city police on Sunday claimed to have arrested two suspects from Orangi Town in connection with targeted killings in Karachi. However, reports suggested the men were held Friday on charges of drug abuse and were being implicated in a false case.
    Addressing his first press conference at the Central Police Office (CPO), Karachi Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayyaz Laghari claimed that the culprits identified as Naseem Haider alias Firaun and Asif Rasheed alias Dumba were involved in the targeted killings of Shia scholars and doctors.
    Interestingly, the area residents, from where the men were allegedly arrested, said the two men were arrested on Friday after a brawl with police personnel over using drugs at a public place near Ghousia Noor Masjid in Orangi Town, Block J, Sector 11½.
    Moreover, Daily Times published a story on October 9 on Firaun’s arrest from Sector 11½ of Orangi Town within the limits of Iqbal Market police station before the Friday prayers.
    He was handed over to the officials of one of the teams investigating the twin bomb blasts at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi.
    Various police officers, investigating terror-related cases, had confirmed that Firaun was an activist of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi but was not active now, evident from the fact that he was not being arrested in recent cases of terrorism.
    They said that Firaun had become a drug addict after his release from jail in 2007 and roamed around in the area throughout the day. The police declined the arrests of the alleged accused persons on Friday.
    According to in charge of Investigation Zone West I, SP Khurram Waris, the police received a tip-off that terrorists would target another doctor in Saleemabad and spotted the culprits travelling on a motorcycle bearing registration number KBP-8591. When the police party tried to intercept them, an encounter took place and the suspects were finally arrested from Block D, Orangi Town, he added.
    Laghari, meanwhile, claimed that the two suspects were involved in the murder cases of several Shia doctors including Maulana Ghulam Muhammad, Muhammad Hussain, Dr Najam-ul-Hassan, Dr Mehtab Hussain and Shiraz. The CCPO said the suspects were affiliated with the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and leading a group involved in sectarian killings.
    During investigation, they have revealed that they were planning to attack Ahmedi religious places before the PS-94 by-election, he added.
    The police also claimed to have seized a Kalashnikov and two TT pistols from their possession. The alleged culprits had also been charged previously in sectarian cases but were bailed out from courts. Suspect Firaun was in Karachi Central Prison from 2003 to 2007 on similar charges and was released over lack of evidence.
    “We will hold monthly meetings and review investigations of targeted killings and other high profile cases,” he said while explaining the preventive measures taken by the police department. He said the city police have divided targeted killing cases into four categories: sectarian, ethnic, political and random killings.
    According to Laghari, the CPO has recorded a total of 230 targeted killings this year while 32 accused have been arrested.\10\11\story11-10-2010pg12_1Recommend

  • Ahsan Iftikhar
    Oct 11, 2010 - 9:00AM

    As we all know we the Ahmadis are threatened all the times. Our men are brutually murdered and even the government has made the laws to harm us.. we the makers of Pakistan are treated in this way.
    Can anyone tell which of our mosque was under threat by these terrorist Recommend

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