Karachi airport attack: 18 Afghan nationals detained for questioning

Published: June 13, 2014
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People look on as smoke rises after militants launched an early morning assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

People look on as smoke rises after militants launched an early morning assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

In a fresh exercise after the brazen attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, law enforcement agencies detained around one-and-a-half dozen suspects on Thursday. The detentions were made during a raid conducted by the police at a slum area in the outskirts of Karachi.

“We conducted raids in slum areas popularly known as Afghan Camp and Ganna Mandi on the Super Highway, near Sohrab Goth,” explained DSP Qamar Ahmed. “During the raids conducted on the basis of intelligence reports, we have caught some 18 suspects – a majority of them are Afghan nationals,” he told The Express Tribune.

Police officials said the search operation was a part of fresh security measures being taken following the militants’ attack on the Karachi airport. The identity of the suspects was not disclosed and they were moved to an undisclosed location for further questioning.

“We did not achieve the target we aimed for during the raids. The Afghan nationals are living in the city legally as we have also found legal documents from their possession,” DSP Ahmed clarified.

He said the suspects were being questioned to ascertain their involvement in the  attack. However, no case has been registered yet against them.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Lunacyassailam
    Jun 13, 2014 - 9:28AM

    If Pukthoons stay in Pakistani occupied Pakthunkhwa, it doesnt mean they are “Afghan Nationals”.Its Pakistan who is occupying their territory and not the other way around.

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  • Karachiwala
    Jun 13, 2014 - 10:01AM

    Y doesn’t our Govt/army seal the border with Afghanistan? Y cant they restore law in FATA? First came polio then terrorists.

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  • Pakistan???
    Jun 13, 2014 - 10:06AM

    As you sown, so shall you reaping. What the Pakistan had done in the past in Afghanistan for decades, had destroyed generations of generations now bouncing back. Do justice to get justice. It better to understand to focus on own country and people instead of making problem for others.

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  • bahahaha
    Jun 13, 2014 - 10:51AM

    @Lunacyassailam: what utter nonsense! If Pakistan can give Urdu speaking Indians high govt posts and give Afghans transit and commerce rights then this statement borders on treasonRecommend

  • salman
    Jun 13, 2014 - 10:54AM

    I am from Karachi and I want these pukhtoons to be pushed back to their mountains in KP. They provide shelter to the terrorists without any doubt about it.

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  • RK
    Jun 13, 2014 - 11:18AM

    @Lunacyassailam: LOL, good joke. You sound like an Indian.

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  • Yes I voted
    Jun 13, 2014 - 12:25PM

    I understand Afghan Govt is welcoming IDPs from N Waziristan.

    If this is the case, shoudk they not be also taking the 3m Afghans in Pakistan?

    Naswaz Sharif, you have to start a (humane) progarm for their repatriation immediately – like Iran did over 10 years ago.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jun 14, 2014 - 12:50AM

    @Yes I voted:
    “I understand Afghan Govt is welcoming IDPs from N Waziristan.
    If this is the case, shoudk they not be also taking the 3m Afghans in Pakistan?….”

    Iran settled them in temporary camps near the border areas, despite being Hazara Shias, they were sent packing home later on.

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