Arrested Safoora attack mastermind behind Sabeen's murder: Sindh CM

Published: May 20, 2015
Sabeen Mahmud. PHOTO: FILE

Sabeen Mahmud. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday detailed that the four suspects in the Safoora bus attack, whose arrests he had announced on Tuesday, were also involved in a number of other high profile attacks in Karachi recently, including the murder of The Second Floor café director Sabeen Mahmud.  

“These terrorists namely Saad Aziz, Hafiz Nasir, Mohammad Azhar and Tahir Minhas were arrested from different areas of Karachi, three days after the Safoora incident,” Shah disclosed while addressing a joint press conference at the Chief Minister House on Wednesday.

The chief minister said that Aziz, who had studied in the BBA programme at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, was the mastermind of Mahmud’s murder, and the main accused in the Safoora incident.  Shah denied that he had said the suspects had any link to the Indian spy agency RAW, clarifying that if there was a link, a joint investigation team will probe it.

“I never said RAW is involved. I said RAW can be involved because of its terrorist activities in Sindh and Balochistan,” he said, adding that a JIT would be formed to investigate and report its finding within a week. “After the JIT report we will be able to determine the affiliation of these terrorists.”

Among those arrested included Tahir Minhas, who had studied till Matriculation. Hafiz Nasir had held a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of Karachi. Muhammad Azhar Ishrat, an expert was an electronics engineer from Sir Syed University of Engineering and technology (SSUET), and is engaged in terrorism since 2011. He is an expert in making time bombs.

“They were trained in committing terrorist activities, with expertise in bomb-making and disseminating the militant literature,” Shah said, adding that the terrorists also confessed to commit multiple attacks on Bohra community near Aram Bagh, North Nazimabad, Bahadurabad and Hyderabad.

“This group comprising 15 to 20 terrorists is also involved in targeting Rangers, including sector commander Brigadier Basit and police on MA Jinnah Road, North Nazimabad, NIPA and Landhi, etc,” he said.

TTP pistols, a Kalashnikov, laptops, explosive material and jihadi literature were also recovered from their possession, disclosed the CM.

Documents of details disclosed are available with The Express Tribune.


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Reader Comments (53)

  • wb
    May 20, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Fake arrest, forced confession.

    The story of Pakistan.Recommend

  • excalibur
    May 20, 2015 - 4:20PM

    why the criminals are not being paraded alongwith their confessions of RAW involvement in front of the cameras / media with their faces exposed as was done for MQM accused by SSP Rao ?????????????Recommend

  • truth fairy
    May 20, 2015 - 4:29PM

    I think we should have to poll, to see how many believe the govt.Recommend

  • Rehman Malik
    May 20, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Congratulations to CM Qaim for the rapid, quick and efficient performance of his police. I guess this should shut the blabbering mouths of those accusing him of incompetence, both in the media and in behind-close door meetings. Recommend

  • Waseem
    May 20, 2015 - 4:31PM

    and shame on those who blamed it on ISI.Recommend

  • Gwadar
    May 20, 2015 - 4:40PM

    Where are Desi Liberals who appointed to ISI. Recommend

  • disgusted
    May 20, 2015 - 4:50PM

    This arrested man will confess to all murders of the future also. This is the good thing about Sindh Police.Recommend

  • Oxy Moron
    May 20, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Wow! Three birds with one stone!!

    Wait, he hasn’t confessed to training under Colonel Ram YET? ‘Debrief’ him some more then, chaps. Tut Tut.Recommend

  • Baba Jee
    May 20, 2015 - 4:57PM

    Give him an extra beating and he will confess 9/11 as well. Given their history, I am very sceptical of Pakistan law enforcement agencies, especially police. Sorry.Recommend

  • SGJ007
    May 20, 2015 - 5:19PM

    And what about RAW’s involvment !!Recommend

  • Feroz
    May 20, 2015 - 5:23PM

    This is what we call killing two birds with one stone. Really wonderful !Recommend

  • saeed
    May 20, 2015 - 5:26PM

    Why it is so easy to get confessions and so difficult to get evidence in our country? Why developed countries go for evidence? Everyone fooling common people, politicians, generals and now police.Recommend

  • AWK
    May 20, 2015 - 5:27PM

    PK hay ka ? :PRecommend

  • Abbas from the US
    May 20, 2015 - 5:32PM

    Militants and extremists who killed Ismaili Shias targeted Sabeen Mahmud for helping Baluch Nationalists find a voice. Where is the connection? can someone explainRecommend

  • Truth
    May 20, 2015 - 5:38PM

    now agencies will put everything on them. Recommend

  • Nida
    May 20, 2015 - 5:48PM

    When the murderer has already confessed, then why not show their ugly faces to the public? Why go thru the hassle of trials wasting tax money. Have them sit in the same bus with heads down and shoot them the same whey they did. Somehow I dont believe what shah is uttering.Recommend

  • Fawad
    May 20, 2015 - 5:58PM

    How convenient, catch one who confesses of all crimes committed recently.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    May 20, 2015 - 5:58PM

    Let us summarize the developments

    The IG of police has said following.

    The mastermind of Ismailis killings, murder of this lady and few police officers have been caught and following details have come out

    1- They belong to sectarian outfits
    2- They belong to Punjab (base of such outfits) and Khyber

    This is IG of police saying not some anchor person.

    Now can someone explain following

    1- Why people from Punjab choose Karachi to conduct their activities?
    2- Why operation against sectarian outfit is not done in Punjab?
    3- Why rangers, police, government do not take their name openly like they did with TTP?
    4- Why such extremists like Lal Masjid maulvi are respected people of society?
    5- Why MQM was blamed and is being cornered?
    6- Why Foreign agencies were blamed?

    These are questions that need to be answered.

    It seems that an unholy alliance has developed between establishment/punjab government which allows these groups to kill shias etc in other provinces in return for peace and no action in punjab.

    Minorities and shias will suffer, karachi will suffer and sindh and balochistan will suffer till we do not go after the biggest terrorists of them all – secterian saudi funded groups in punjab.


  • Saad
    May 20, 2015 - 6:04PM

    How convenient. Yuk na shud do shudRecommend

  • kashif
    May 20, 2015 - 6:05PM

    If it’s true, big congrats to security forces.Recommend

  • Lady Macbeth
    May 20, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Hello….is there an echo in the room? Where are the so called ”liberals” of Pakistan who were quick to lay the blame on our agencies over Sabeens murder. What do you say now??? Recommend

  • Waqar
    May 20, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Probably saeein nashay main hain. “I should have shared”? Looks all bogus. Recommend

  • Pin2
    May 20, 2015 - 6:59PM

    Buy one Get one Free!!!!

    Nice job done by security agencies of Pakistan.

    All that is left now is to get a confession on being a RAW Agent.Recommend

  • fahim
    May 20, 2015 - 7:12PM

    what happened to the ridiculous and stupid claims on raw? the balloon is busted for our govt and over zealous estb.Recommend

  • unbileveable
    May 20, 2015 - 7:21PM

    since they are involved in the killing of Sabeen is difficult to believed the the police version ..Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 20, 2015 - 7:29PM

    Reportedly he has confessed to all crimes perpetrated in Pakistan since 1947.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    May 20, 2015 - 7:58PM

    i smell something here… conveniently he is confessing on major “RECENT” events..
    apart from ismaili Loss, he is confessing T2F director also…hmm this does not “Sound” right.

    I have doubts on this story, lets see if they can produce evidence
    and i hope so..Recommend

  • Josh
    May 20, 2015 - 8:36PM

    Sorry, but I for one do not trust the announcement. It is like so many other incidents before where the “mastermind” is conveniently arrested and that is supposed to be the end of the deal…until the next incident occurs and we go around in circles.Recommend

  • Asok
    May 20, 2015 - 8:38PM

    And… surprise! No RAW.Recommend

  • ragz
    May 20, 2015 - 9:18PM

    maybe because there isnt any to show.. maybe because they wanted to cover up the whole thing.Recommend

  • Saif
    May 20, 2015 - 10:05PM

    Fake arrest, forced confession.
    The story of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    May 20, 2015 - 10:18PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    You have raised very logical points/questions….. But, Is anyone listening??Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    May 20, 2015 - 11:19PM

    Glad that rumour mongering of RAW involvement was not vindicated, that scenario would have had truly scary implications for several reasons. The involvement of a powerful nation in terror attacks on civilians and the effect of this on the section of society that defines its patriotism in terms of hatred towards India would be unconscionable to minorities. That lying rumour has hopefully been laid to rest.
    I would view any voluntary confession by a hardened multiple murderer, especially when that confession takes the pressure off Police to investigate an awkward and publicized crime, with suspicion.Recommend

  • MSH
    May 20, 2015 - 11:22PM

    Wah,Wah IG Sahib ….Get more confession…..May be Involve in BeNazir murder and Liaquat Ali Khan too.Recommend

  • Janet Garcia - Texas USA
    May 20, 2015 - 11:34PM

    So the authorities think they have the suspect, but least the victims of all recent Karachi target killing should be respected as this is not enough, the authorities in Karachi have proven time and again they are not capable of stopping such attacks. I would love to hear from my Karachi friends suggestions as to stop the attacks before they happen what solution do you have as we see so far nothing is working!Recommend

  • Ali
    May 21, 2015 - 12:43AM

    Sindh CM Saain Qaim o Daaim Shah Said The Suspects Also Confessed to Suacide Bombings,Wow, Sindh Police makes me laugh Recommend

  • sarmad
    May 21, 2015 - 1:48AM

    Crap.fake. why on earth would these people do this. these educational institutes are not breeding ground of such people.Recommend

  • sarmad
    May 21, 2015 - 1:51AM

    agencies penetrating into our institutionsRecommend

  • Ashfaq11
    May 21, 2015 - 2:13AM

    I have to say two things; where’s the evidence that they carried out all those attacks (forced confessions aside); why haven’t Rangers / ISI / ISPR not issued any statement / tweetRecommend

  • raja
    May 21, 2015 - 2:45AM

    These are foot soldiers, where is the institutions behind them? It will lead to King salman.Recommend

  • kanishka
    May 21, 2015 - 2:45AM

    Leave some terror act unconfessed to throw mud on RAW.
    RAW you are useless and disappointed millions of Pakistanis by your absence. Recommend

  • Malveros
    May 21, 2015 - 3:20AM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Nowhere has it been said that the people captured belonged to Punjab or KP. They were born and brought up in Karachi and studied in Karachi. They were trained in Karachi. Look inwards.Recommend

  • mercede hyde
    May 21, 2015 - 9:17AM

    @Rehman Malik:
    Congratulations to CM? What did he do to get them attested? His favorite activity is to sleep. Because if he wasn’t, the crimes would not have been committed in the first place. He is nothing but a rubber stamp.Recommend

  • Muhammad Farooq
    May 21, 2015 - 10:53AM

    hope those behind these individuals,their supporters and facilitators will also be nabbed.Recommend

  • Noor Badshah
    May 21, 2015 - 11:41AM

    Its clear now that our Agencies never commit murder as blamed in all mysterious casesRecommend

  • singh
    May 21, 2015 - 12:56PM

    CM of sindh is a hopeless, naive person.@Saif: Recommend

  • Sarfaraz
    May 21, 2015 - 12:57PM

    The conspiracy theories being propagated by commenters over here are insane. Saad Aziz WAS arrested (not a fake arrest as some are assuming – ask his devastated family members). Now it’s possible that some of these confessions were coerced, but they may still be true. It may also be true that Saad wasn’t the mastermind but said that to the police to shield his bosses.

    Regarding the IG’s statement, I believe he also said that some people in Karachi were also arrested. And just because people from KPK/Punjab were involved doesn’t mean that they could not be living in sleeper cells in Karachi.Recommend

    May 21, 2015 - 2:12PM

    Karachi police most efficient police in the world..within days they arrested the culprit…. wow what a achievement they should trained the Scotland police and FBI also….There are hundreds of innocent people under custody of LEAs never declared or presented in the court…according to the situation cases are registered and presented to the media after getting the desired confessional statement by using 3rd degree tortureRecommend

  • Saeed
    May 21, 2015 - 2:15PM

    Axact style investigation? Need some Declan Walsh to expose it.Recommend

  • Truth
    May 21, 2015 - 2:40PM

    our police did without the help of FBI…next time we should offer our service to Americans…now Karachi save..or the drama to divert world attention from Axact scandal… Recommend

  • Rana Afzal
    May 21, 2015 - 3:04PM

    @sarfaraz.. devastated family members ? How does that explain the arrest of Saad is not fake? anyways, it shows it is not only education but also ideology which matters!!!Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    May 21, 2015 - 4:15PM

    To Janet Garcia – Texas USA

    I am from Karachi and my solution is straight forward.

    1) 90 percent of the killings are sectarian in nature or against minorities. The people involved are from Lashkars, Jaishe or off shoots. They have networks with Alqeda et al. Government has not started ANY operation against them openly like they did with TTP. The reason is that they have vast support in Punjab where people have been brainwashed over the years. It is a racket funded by middle east. Even army does not take their name openly

    The reason is when brave Musharraf took them on at Lal Masjid these people created havoc and did bombings after bombings. Later governments and judiciary ended up letting cleric go and such a criminal is now a respected person and we know Musharraf is going through cases

    So this is the power of these sectarian groups

    So a serious, open operation against these groups inPunjab should be FIRST STEP. Rest of the places are just their agents doing their activities in other provinces.

    2) Continue operation against all other criminals without any mercy and discrimination

    3)Provide a system where judges are able to feel secure in awarding punishments

    4)Introduce local governments again where people have a stake in their city. Right now the money is stuck at sindh government level and they are not giving it to cities which are suffering. THe corruption mechanism needs to stop

    To all challenging my sources

    It is all over the place. The mastermind is from bhawalpur. People were from punjab and khyber. Of course they will have local handlers too and in a city like Karachi we have people from all over the place

    However be fair and do not hide the issue. We all know Lashkars, Jaish have origins in Punjab and we all know that Sindhis and Urdu Speakers are not involved in suicide bombings etc. There is no issue of shia sunni (at least not leading to killings) among sindhis and urdu speakers. So dont distract people.

    In the end Punjab is a victim….however you cannot treat it by allowing them to do activities in other cities in return for peace. You need to go after the masterminds and change the mindset in long rrun.Recommend

  • immortal_soloist
    May 22, 2015 - 8:58AM

    I am sorry to tell you Sarmad but this is very much possible and this is what is disturbing. Are we really educating our youth since they still get brain washed and become terrorists.

    Do you know there is a group of ultra conservative and extremists in LUMS as well.
    Unfortunately the cancer of the extremism has spread everywhere,my cousin attended IBA and he himself told me a group of extremists always used to come and try to stop any event or function taking place in IBA.

    So yea like it or not this cancer is everywhere now. Recommend

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