Reward list for seven Sipah-e-Muhammad men issued just four days before their arrest

SIU says the suspects had earlier escaped from custody on Dec 18.

Faraz Khan January 05, 2011
Reward list for seven Sipah-e-Muhammad men issued just four days before their arrest

KARACHI: The notification announcing monetary rewards for seven of the eight militants that the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Sindh police claimed to have arrested on January 2 was issued just four days before their alleged capture.

On January 2, the SIU claimed to have arrested eight members of the force and had accused them of being involved in at least a dozen sectarian killings, including the assassinations of three doctors. This was disclosed by the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Karachi Fayyaz Leghari in a press conference at the Old CIA Centre in Saddar.

Even before the CCPO’s briefing, the families of the arrested persons as well as Shia leaders had held press conferences and had told the media that the law enforcement agencies had started an alleged crackdown against Shias since Ashura. The agencies had allegedly picked up several innocent Shias during various raids in different parts of the city. The families have also filed a petition in the court on the matter.

The Express Tribune managed to obtain a copy of the notification which announced a head money on seven of the eight men arrested later. The notification was issued by the Sindh home department on December 29, 2010.

The list included names of some 10 persons, including the seven alleged target killers of the Mehdi force, which falls under the umbrella of the Sipah-e-Mohammad Pakistan (SMP). The seven included Syed Ibrar Hussain Rizvi, Syed Tanveer Abbass Rizvi alias Kashif alias Mehdi, Syed Sikander Rizvi, Syed Ali Mehdi, Syed Pervaiz Zaidi, Hasnain Abbass alias Faisal and Syed Rifat Raza Rizvi. Three other names including Hafiz Qasim Rasheed alias Ganja, Qari Abid Iqbal Mehsud and Malik Tasaduq were also placed in the reward list.

A total of Rs2.8 million was announced as reward money on these seven men.

SIU fends off the strange coincidence

SIU chief SSP Raja Umer Khattab said that some elements wanted to create a bad image of the SIU and it is a conspiracy against them. The reward list was not just a justification for the arrests made earlier, he clarified, adding that the list included names of three Lashkar-e-Jhangvi men along with the SMP militants.

“It is just good luck that the SMP men were arrested soon after their names were put on that list,” he explained.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Investigation) Iftikhar Tarar, who leads the SIU, told The Express Tribune that there was no personal enmity between the SIU and the Mehdi force. Explaining the announcement of the head money, DIG Tarar said that the home department was asked to announce the head money on these hardcore militants after they managed to escape under the cover of firing in an encounter with the SIU team near Moti Mehal, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, on December 18, 2010. After which the home department announced the head money and luckily, within two or three days, the SIU officials captured them.

It is also interesting to note that the names of the Mehdi force militants were placed in the list under the title of criminal and dacoits. The SIU claimed that they were hardcore criminals and had been involved in around one dozen sectarian-based target killings so their crimes fall under high profile cases, not in the category of dacoits or criminals.

According to notification issued:

Name of notorious dacoits recommended for reward  money Amount of reward money recommended
Hafiz Qasim Rasheed alias Ganja Rs500,000
Qari Abid Iqbal Mehsood Rs500,000
Malik Tasaduq Rs500,000
Syed Ibrar Hussain Rizvi alias Mushtaq Rs500,000
S Tanveer Abbass Rizvi alias Kashif Rs500,000
S Sikander Rizvi alias Sajid/Muhammad Rs500,000
S Ali Mehdi alias Bablo Rs400,000
S Parvaiz Ali Zaidi alias Zubair Rs500,000
Hasnain Abbass alias Faisal Rs200,000
S Riffat Raza Rizvi alias Jahangir Rs200,000

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2011.


Ali Hassan | 13 years ago | Reply You did a great story. I want to ask the question, how can is it possible that Government announced reward money on those persons who have not any criminal records. Kindly check the previous details of Raja Umar Khitab carrier during his carrier beginning from the Inspector of Anti Terrorists Wing Sindh to SSP of SIU. He was arrested number of people on the criminal and terrorism charges and got speedy promotions but the respectable Judiciary have released majority allegedly criminals of all sects and criminal groups owing to the inconsiderable proves. But Raja Umar Khitab, who have a millions of Rupees Assets, got promotions on these fake arrest, why the police administration would not take any action against him. The recent story of Your news paper was also the proof of his acts to get money.\
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