FAISALABAD: Law enforcement agencies on Sunday took into custody a suspect, Muhammad Arshad, from Toba Tek Singh for his alleged involvement and having links with the perpetrators of Peshawar massacre.
Over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren were killed when Taliban attacked an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday, December 16.
Arhsad is a resident of Mohallah Khursheed Abad, Kamalia of Toba Tek Singh.
Acting on intelligence lead, a special law enforcing team raided the suspect’s house in the early hours of Sunday and detained him. He was moved to an undisclosed location for further questioning.
A neighbour of Arshad revealed that “he [Arshad] was previously arrested in connection with his alleged involvement in the Islamabad Marriott Hotel suicide attack.”
Sughran Bibi, mother of Muhammad Arshad, told The Express Tribune that “my son-in-law, Muhammad Ashfaq, a resident of Chak No 497-GB Tehsil Sammundri is hiding in Afghanistan for the last many years”.
“After marriage of my daughter with Ashfaq, we came to know that he used to frequently travel to Afghanistan,” she said. “After the suicidal attack on Islamabad Marriott Hotel, my son Arshad and other relatives were taken into custody by the police.” Thereafter, my daughter and other relatives have cut ties with Ashfaq, she added.
“Ashfaq, who was earlier running a mobile phone shop in Sammundri, managed to escape after the Marriot attack and went to Afghanistan,” she said.
Sughran bibi further said that, “my son was released after interrogation but the police still suspects that he has links with Ashfaq.”
However, a police source revealed that Arshad was taken into custody as his telephone data link him with with some of the Peshawar incident perpetrators.