Takfiri Deobandis (ASWJ/Taliban) massacre policemen in Karachi, 22 killed, 100 injured


Pakistani Taliban are supported by influential Deobandi politicians including Imran Khan, Munawar Hassan, Taqi Usmani and Fazlur-Rehman. Activists of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban are used as footsoldiers by Pakistan army for its strategic agenda.

Pakistan police are a soft target for the ISI’s strategic assets, i.e., jihadi and sectarian terrorists of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba. Recently CID section of the Karachi police had been warned by the ISI to stop arresting their jihadi assets.
The ISI-Taliban alliance at work

Apparently the attack was aimed at freeing or killing a number of extremist Deobandi footsoldiers of the ISI which were only yesterday arrested by the Karachi police. A similar attack was previously successfully carried out in Karachi by the ISI in June 2010 in which General Zia-ul-Haq group of the ISI was able to secure freedom of 4 most dangerous terrorists of Jundullah (one of many aliases of Siaph-e-Shaba)

According to the Long War Journal:

While the [exact] reason for today’s attack in Karachi attack is not known, the Taliban may have been trying to free a senior commander, a local Taliban leader, and several allied Lashkar-e-Jhangvi fighters who are thought to have been in custody at the CID building. On Nov. 3, police arrested a Taliban commander named Yousuf, who is also known as Qari. Yousuf was described as “a senior member of the TTP [Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan] and was in contact with the top leadership of the banned outfit.” He is said to have planned a suicide attack on a police training center in Mingora earlier this year, and is thought to have been plotting to carry out attacks in karachi.

Also, yesterday, police arrested six Lashkar-e-Jhangvi fighters from the Asif Ramzi group and a Taliban commander known as Iqbal. The Taliban leader is said to be a “a close aide” to Faqir Mohammad, the Taliban’s leader in the tribal agency of Bajuar. All seven terrorists were being interrogated by the CID in Karachi.Source

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Taliban claim responsibility
At least 22 people died and more than 100 were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a police facility in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police said Thursday.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told CNN that the Taliban carried out the attack, which police say targeted building that housed a Crime Investigation Department facility.

“We will continue such attacks as long as military operations continue against us,” Tariq said.

The blast occurred in a high-security area, near government buildings and major hotels, such as the Pearl Continental and the Sheraton.

A Pakistani government official told CNN that about five gunmen on foot cleared the way for the suicide car bomber by firing on security personnel manning a security check post. The official said that once the vehicle cleared the check post it raced toward the police facility and rammed into the building. The official, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, doesn’t know the whereabouts of the gunmen.

Local TV showed footage of a three- or four-story building with significant damage and ambulances rushing the injured from the scene. (Source)

Extremist Deobandis of Sipah-e-Sahaba involved

High profile militants were among at least 115 people injured in the blast and were arrested and transferred to an undisclosed location, acccording to unnamed police sources.

According to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre’s Seemi Jamali, 90 injured people were brought to the hospital so far in the critical condition.

The powerful blast destroyed the part of the CID building housing its counterterrorism wing, reducing it and the adjacent police station to rubble. The explosion left a major crater so deep that water gushed out from the ground.

Recently arrested Pakistani Taliban commander Iqbal Bajauri, from the Bajaur tribal area, who is alleged to have been involved in several attacks against security personnel, was also present in the CID building at the time of the bombing.

Gun shots were reportedly fired just before the blast. According to one eye-witness account, an explosives-laden van rammed to the CID building.

The audacious attack showed the militants’ ability to break security lines and enter the Red Zone, which contains three five star hotels, the Sindh governor’s house, the US consulate, and the offices of senior government officials, as well as the CID and the chief minister’s house.

A day earlier, CID counterterrorism officers presented six members of the anti-Shia militant group Laskhar-e-Jhangvi (an alias of Sipah-e-Sahaba) to journalists in Karachi. The arrested militants boasted that they were not alone and have at least 200 more members active in the city.

Earlier on Thursday, the six militants appeared in court and were remanded to police custody at the CID.

Under the command of young police superintendent Omar Shahid, the CID has been making almost daily arrests of high profile militants who include Bajauri.

Shahid was uninjured in Thursday’s attack, his mother told Adnkronos International.

According to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre’s Seemi Jamali, 90 injured people were brought to the hospital so far in the critical condition. (Source)


29 responses to “Takfiri Deobandis (ASWJ/Taliban) massacre policemen in Karachi, 22 killed, 100 injured”

  1. یاد رہے کہ گزشتہ روز کراچی سی آئی ڈی نے لشکر جھنگوی سے تعلق رکھنے والے شدت پسندوں کو گرفتار کیا تھا اور خیال ہے کہ گرفتار ہونے والے شدت پسندوں کو اسی عمارت میں رکھا جا رہا تھا۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/11/101111_karachi_explosion_si.shtml

    A day earlier, CID counterterrorism officers presented six members of the anti-Shia militant group Laskhar-e-Jhangvi to journalists in Karachi. The arrested militants boasted that they were not alone and have at least 200 more members active in the city. Earlier on Thursday, the six militants appeared in court and were remanded to police custody at the CID. Under the command of young police superintendent Omar Shahid, the CID has been making almost daily arrests of high profile militants who include Bajauri. Shahid was uninjured in Thursday’s attack, his mother told Adnkronos International.

    http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.1.1238476163

  2. The CID takes the lead in hunting down terrorists in Karachi. Earlier this week, the agency arrested six members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an al-Qaida linked group blamed for several high profile attacks in recent years. The suspects were presented before a court earlier Thursday.

    By Shakil Adil (CP)
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jvMGvHjRc2kySRc8-md8Qw3rbJ8A?docId=5100464

    The CID is the section of the Pakistani police that investigates militancy, sectarian violence and organised crime.

    Reports suggested arrested militants from the Deobandi sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were being held in the building.

    The CID is also investigating a Taliban suicide attack on the largest Sufi shrine in Karachi last month, in which eight people died.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/11/pakistan-bomb-explosion-karachi

    Our correspondent adds that the latest attack comes a day after the same unit arrested several wanted militants in the city, said to belong to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi – Pakistan’s most dangerous militant group.

    The group, which is closely linked to al-Qaeda, has been involved in a string of high profile attacks across the country.

    Mohammad Aslam Khan, of the CID, told the BBC that he believed the arrested men were planning to carry out bombings on Shia processions in the city.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11737402

  3. Taliban wants Imran Khan as mediator

    Pakistani Taliban commanders have contacted cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan to broker peace talks with the government, but he said he would act as a mediator only if authorities give their consent.

    “The Taliban have contacted me for peace negotiations with the government. But I will only play a mediator’s role if the government gives its consent,” Khan said, but did not mention which faction of the local Taliban had contacted him.

    Khan, who heads the Tehrik-e-Insaaf party, has opposed military operations against the Taliban and other militant groups.

    He had earlier offered to act as a mediator between the Taliban and government. There had been no response from the government to his offer to mediate with the Taliban.

    Some leaders of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party and sections of the media have criticised Khan for what they describe as his “pro-Taliban” stance.

    Interior Minister Rehman Malik too has made it clear that the federal government has no intention of holding talks with the Taliban or other terrorists.

    “They must surrender before any peace talks can be initiated,” he said.

    However, the Taliban in the northwestern Swat valley had welcomed Khan’s offer to broker peace talks.

    Khan has also called on the PPP-led government to convene a meeting of all political parties to discuss challenges confronting the country.

    http://www.ndtv.com/news/world/taliban_commanders_contact_imran_for_peace_talks_with_govt.php

    Let’s negotiate with the Taliban – by Nadeem Paracha

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/18572

  4. Two interesting views from BBC Urdu:

    ظلم کو اگر نہ روکا جائے تو پھر انسانيت کا وہی حال ہوتا ہے جو اسلام کے قلعہ ميں ہو رہا ہے۔ يہ وہی ملاوؤں کا گروہ ہے جو پہلے قيام پاکستان کا دشمن رہا پھر احمديوں کا دشمن ہوا اور احمديوں کے صبر کے سامنے ناکام ہوا پھر شيعہ اور دیگر مسلک کے پيچھے پڑا تا کہ کسی طريقے سے پاکستان ختم ہو۔
    ہر زخمی يا ہلاک ہونے والا ہمارا پاکستانی بہن بھائی ہی ہے اور ہميں اس کا بہت دکھ ہے۔

    محمود بٹ.، بلنسیہ، ہسپانیہ

    سی آئی ڈی آفس کراچی میں دھماکہ بارے جتنی نیوز اب تک خاکسار تک پہنچی ہیں، ان کو سامنے رکھتے ہوئے فدوی کے خیال میں اس دھماکہ کی شدت، نوعیت، اور طریقہ کار لاہور میں ایف آئی اے بلڈنگ نزد ریگل چوک میں دہشتگردوں کے حملہ سے بہت مماثلت رکھتی ہے۔ بظاہر تو اکثر و بیشتر کی طرح اس دھماکہ کی ذمہ داری بھی ’تحریک طالبان پاکستان‘ نے قبول کر لی ہے، لیکن خاکسار کے خیال میں اس دھماکہ کے پیشِ نظر سیاسی مقاصد کا حصول معہ ’طالبان ڈھول‘ کو زندہ کرنا ہے۔

    نجيب الرحمٰن سائکو، *** L@H()RE *** [{( پاکستان )}]

  5. ISI and Jihadi terrorist: rishta bara purana hai

    Ex-Army Chief speaks in support militants:

    No rush against anti-India militants: Musharraf

    Former president Pervez Musharraf called for a more gradual approach against Islamic militants such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, saying they enjoyed sympathy for fighting India.
    The United States and India have urged Pakistan to rein in movements such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, or “The Army of the Pure,” which is blamed for planning the bloody siege of Mumbai that killed 166 people two years ago.
    “You can’t rock the boat so much that the boat capsizes,” Musharraf, who is attempting a political comeback, said at the Atlantic Council think-tank in Washington.
    “While these things have to be done, allow piecemeal, gradual action through a well thought-out strategy which does not disturb the entire law and order situation in Pakistan,” Musharraf said.
    Musharraf acknowledged that Lashkar-e-Taiba and like-minded groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad were “involved in terrorism in Pakistan” but said they have been “very popular” for fighting Indian rule in divided Kashmir.
    “Since they were going to Kashmir and fighting the Indian army, it went along with the psyche of the people of Pakistan — with everyone,” Musharraf said.
    Musharraf said the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, “did an excellent job” in relief operations following major floods this year and “the best work” in the wake of the 2005 earthquake on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/75585/no-rush-against-anti-india-militants-musharraf/

  6. CID arrests six LeJ militants

    KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday arrested six most wanted Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants and recovered a huge cache of weapon.

    According to details, a CID team headed by SSP Omer Shahid and SSP Chaudhry Aslam received a tip off on the appearance of at least 10 activists of banned outfit LeJ in Peerabad and arrested six of them in a raid near Rasheed graveyard.

    SSP Shahid said preliminary interrogation has revealed that the arrested militants were affiliated with LeJ Asif Ramzi group and planned sectarian violence before Muharram by targeting nine important Shia community members.

    He informed that a huge cache of weapons including four Kalashnikovs with 1,000 bullets, 10 hand grenades, 25 kg explosive material, 10 metres detonation wire, 12 silencers, four TT pistols and some prohibited medicines were also recovered in the operation.

    The SSP said the accused have confessed a number of heinous crimes including sectarian killings, kidnapping for ransom, and bank robberies. They have admitted involvement in murders of Apna Sahara Welfare Trust Chairman Jaffar Shah, Dr Sabtain in Kharadar, Dr Mohammad Imran and three other Shia men, he added.

    TTP militant arrested: The CID also arrested a most wanted criminal affiliated with banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from the Manghopir area.

    SP Fayyaz Khan said Iqbal alias Bajori, son of Shehzada Allakhail, was arrested in a raid in Manghopir and a TT pistol recovered from his possession.

    The SP informed that Bajauri was a close aide of Faqeer Mohammad and was involved in several bombings and militancy against security forces in Bajaur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He had escaped from Bajaur during the operation in tribal areas, he added. atif raza

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\11\story_11-11-2010_pg12_6

  7. TTP schools train militants in Karachi
    By Amna Nasir Jamal
    For CentralAsiaOnline.com
    2010-11-09

    Para-military troops patrolling Karachi’s Sohrab Goth area February 11 encounter tyres set alight by ethnic Pashtuns to disrupt traffic during a strike. Authorities accuse madrassas in the area of training militants. [Reuters]

    KARACHI – A would-be suicide bomber told interrogators that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has established “schools” on the outskirts of Karachi, police said. Police arrested Mohammad Salaam, 16, October 25, along with two alleged accomplices, in connection with a planned attack at Sohrab Goth, Karachi.

    “They deliver lectures and sermons in an attempt to allegedly brainwash young men to join their ranks and carry out suicide bombing in the city,” Salaam said of what goes on at the schools. “They want to impose their own brand of shariah in a small pocket of the residential neighbourhood.”

    Taliban presence in Karachi

    The Karachi link is nothing new, authorities said. Taliban have been using the city as a logistical, financial and travel hub for years. Last year, police noticed a spike in Taliban-orchestrated bank robberies and kidnappings in the city.

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Sindh conducted an operation in Sohrab Goth October 25 and arrested two suspected militants, Sher Rehman and Zainullah (aka Bilal or Zank).

    The police seized various weapons from them.

    Three others, Omer Farooq, Gul Zareen and Zahir Shah, escaped during a gun battle.

    Rehman is a close associate of TTP leaders Hakimullah Mehsud and Qari Hussain, police said. They also hold him responsible for brainwashing innocent children for suicide bombings.

    Salaam, would-be suicide bomber

    Salaam was studying in Class IX at a school in Sohrab Goth.

    “I met Zahir Shah last Ramadan at one of these schools/madrassas. He convinced me that Muslims globally are being subjected to brutality,” Salaam told investigators.

    The rhetoric includes talk of an afterlife. “As soon as I blow myself up, I will be in heaven and will get eternal peace,” he said.

    Salaam told media the TTP threatened to slaughter him if he refused to carry out a suicide attack. After a period of brainwashing, Salaam decided that he was ready to stage an attack.

    “I discussed my sentiments with Rauf (another TTP leader), who convinced me to become a suicide bomber. I developed a resolve and had desire to head to Afghanistan to blow myself up at coalition soldiers,” Salaam said.

    “I conveyed my wish to Sher Rehman, too, who said he didn’t have any contact person in Afghanistan, so instead of Afghanistan, I should go to South Waziristan, where I would be imparted further training.”

    Most meetings with TTP members occurred at night and in secluded places, Salaam said. “Rehman had told me that if I was to disclose my relations with them, they will behead my family and me. After getting caught, however, I have realised that I was engaged in a vice,” he said.

    Turning children into live bombs

    Terrorists are buying children and turning them into suicide bombers, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

    A suicide bomber’s parents are paid between US $6,000 and $30,000.

    Suicide bombings have become a tragically frequent occurrence in Pakistan.

    In 2010, 42 suicide attacks occurred in Pakistan. They killed 1,024 people and injured more than 2,000. In Khyber Pakhtunkwa alone, 23 suicide attacks killed 444 people and injured 710.

    At least 5,000 children ages 10 to 17 – with some as young as 7 – have been trained as suicide bombers and more are waiting to strike, according to a report by the Pakistan Institute of Policy Studies.

    The TTP runs several “suicide nurseries” in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas where trainers brainwash hundreds of children, Pakistani intelligence sources said. In January 2008, the military discovered a suicide nursery in the Spinkai area of South Waziristan.

    From cradle to cell

    Police found Salaam being prepared for a suicide attack, Omar Shahid, Senior Superintendent of Police of the CID in Sindh, told Central Asia Online. “He would have carried out an attack within a month or so,” Omar said.

    Police received information that some terrorists were hiding near Sohrab Goth and chalking “Jeay Taliban” (long live the Taliban) on walls, Omar said.

    “The suspects disclosed during interrogation that they brainwashed Salaam into carrying out a suicide attack,” Omar said. “They also revealed that they have slaughtered one of their accomplices, named Shahid, alias Raangar (on suspicion of being involved with the agencies).”

    Police said that a preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects, born near Manghopir, were involved in various crimes. They studied at a private institution in Nusrat Bhutto Colony until middle school, then joined the Jamia Rasheedia madrassa.

    “The suspects worked for their associate organisation, Lashker-i-Jhangvi Al-Alami,” Omar said. “Rehman was tasked with visiting Waziristan to receive operational plans, and he would often meet with Qari Hussain, Baitullah Mehsud and other commanders of TTP, including Wahab Mehsud in South Waziristan, to share terror-related information.”

    “TTP Commander Miraaj ordered them to expand their network in Sohrab Goth and to commit a terrorist act in Punjab or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”

    Javed Aziz Khan contributed to this report

    http://centralasiaonline.com/cocoon/caii/xhtml/en_GB/features/caii/features/pakistan/2010/11/09/feature-02

  8. When will the Pakistani nation realize that it is not the army but the police which is saving this nations from the wrath of ISI’s jihadi terrorists:

    Lakki Marwat suicide attack attempt foiled
    DAWN.COM
    October 19, 2010
    By Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

    LAKKI MARWAT: Police claimed on Monday to have foiled a terror plot by killing a suspect suicide bomber who was driving an explosive-laden pick-up near Jabukhel village. Fourteen people were injured when the vehicle exploded after police firing.

    Officials said that police had erected barriers on roads leading to an adjacent tribal region after receiving information that militants were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the area.

    They said police signalled the pick-up to stop at a checkpost but driver ignored the signal and tried to speed away. Police opened fire and the vehicle exploded, creating a big crater on the road and causing collapse of several nearby mud-houses and shops. The explosion was so powerful that it was heard even in places about 35 kilometres away.

    A police official said the vehicle was packed with 1200 kilograms of explosive material. He said investigators had collected parts of the body of the bomber, who appeared to be in his late teens.

    http://public.dawn.com/2010/10/19/lakki-marwat-suicide-attack-attempt-foiled-2.html

  9. SSP’s sectarian killer, two ‘notorious criminals’ arrested

    Staff Report

    KARACHI: The Chakiwara police Thursday arrested a wanted criminal from Bihar Colony, affiliated with the banned religious outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and also recovered an illegal weapon from his possession.

    Superintendent of Police (SP) Rana Pervaiz said the accused identified as Abdullah, son of Amanullah, was one of the most wanted criminals involved in numerous heinous crimes including target killings, bank robberies and kidnapping for ransom.

    “Abdullah has confessed that on the directives of SSP Lyari in charge Mohammad alias Mama, he killed seven sectarian targets including Abdul Karim Nakshbandi, Qari Habibur Rehman, Dr Badar and Abdul Shakoor while a number of other religious scholars were on his hit list,” the police official said.

    Pervaiz said that the Chakiwara police received a tip off that Abdullah was living in a rented house in Lyari and conducted a raid to arrest him, while recovering an illegal TT pistol. The police have registered FIR (288/10) under section 288/10 against Abdullah and initiated further investigation.

    He informed that the Sindh police had recommended to the Home Department to announce Rs 500,000 head money for his arrest but the department denied it.

    Two ‘criminals’ arrested: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) on Thursday claimed to have arrested two ‘notorious criminals’ from Saeedabad and recovered an illegal weapon.

    DSP Amir Hameed said the arrested suspects identified as Abdul Majeed, son of Khan Mohammad, and Ali Raza were involved in various crimes including kidnapping for ransom, thefts, robberies and murders.

    The police have registered case (215/2008) under section 365 against them.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\10\29\story_29-10-2010_pg12_7

  10. 1-Hameed Gul
    2-Mufti Rafi Usmani
    3-Hanif Jaladhiri
    4-Hafiz hussain
    5-Munawer Hasan
    6-Mufi Naem Jamia binoria
    7-Hakeem Mazher
    8-Hamid Mir
    9-Ansar Abbasi

    And many more …

    All of the above people are supporting Taliban and responsible of killing people in Pakistan ,Pakistan Government should arrest them first in order to prevent attacks from Taliban .

  11. In the attack Madina Mosque was martyred and casualities included many civilians, woman & children. Deobandis are out to destroy every thing. Their patrons sitting in Madrassah issue statements of condemnation in a way like it’s done by som starnger. Alas, we don’t want to know and name our killers because of doctrine of necessity and still want to keep these strateging asstes. Authorites even know the about the direct links between Karachi based Deobandi terrorists scholasr like Mufti Naeem of Jamia Binorai and terrorsts but don’t want to action fearing political repercussions. But I want to request Deobandis that though right know wveryone except them is on receiving end but time might change so please fear if you have any.

  12. The blast that killed at least 17 people took place at around 8.20pm in what is supposed to be a most secure area of the city, at a walking distance from the Chief Minister’s House and two five-star hotels located on the Club Road.

    Only a day prior to the blast, the CID had disclosed the arrest of seven militants belonging to the banned LJ.

    “The men were involved in the murder of several Shia doctors in the city,” SSP Aslam Khan told journalists.

    Citing initial interrogation of the suspects, Khan said they were planning to carry out bombings on a procession of the community in the city.

    Karachi has seen a number of attacks since a Muharram procession was bombed on Dec 28 last year.

    The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (a sister organisation of the Sipah-e-Sahaba aka Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) had claimed responsibility for Thursday’s blast.

    http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/12/lashkar-i-jhangvi-behind-karachi-attack-rehman-malik.html

  13. The Pakistani Taliban (T.T.P.) has told a local TV network here that the presidency or Bilawal House (Karachi residence of assassinated Pakistani P.M. Benazir Bhutto) are their next potential targets.

    This has to be viewed with some skepticism.

    Strategically, it does not make sense to name your target – especially in a country like Pakistan which has a large security aparatus. Attacks that were successful in the past were never previously announced – particularly when they attacked the Army headquarters last year.

    Additionally, protection around the president is permanently so tight, and with Bilawal House being such sacred ground, it would be difficult to launch an effective strike.

    One caveat is that elements within the Pakistani security service tacitly supports the T.T.P.. Power in Pakistan lies not with the politicians but the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (a kind of combined C.I.A. & F.I.B.).
    Karachians are still picking up the pieces from last night’s bombing. While the Taliban may be claiming responsibility our sources still say this plain grandstanding. Intel is that it was Laskhar e Jhangvi, the anti-Shia’a terror group who executed Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl in 2002. Six captured members stood before a court Thursday after being held at the police HQ that was bombed.

    The security apparatus here would prefer the Taliban took all the attention as crediting LeJ would only help elevate its standing from that of a small, disparate group to a more fearsome threat.

    Read more: http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/11/12/taliban-says-pakistan-presidency-is-next-target/#ixzz153wMWnnh

  14. CID swoops in on militants planning attacks before Ashura

    Lashkar-e-Jhangvi teaming up with Tehrik-i-Taliban as Harkatul Mujahideen al Almi lurks

    KARACHI: Investigators have claimed a breakthrough by nabbing suspected militants from the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, who were planning to target Shias ahead of Ashura.

    In the first raid, the Crime Investigation Department’s (CID) SSP Omar Shahid and SSP Chaudhry Aslam apprehended six suspected Lashkar militants from the Shaheed graveyard in Pirabad with a huge cache of weapons, which included five Kalashnikovs, 25 kilogrammes of explosives, two T&T explosive blocks, four TT pistols, detonators, silencers and thousands of bullet rounds.

    Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Shahid gave the names of the six “extremely dangerous” men: Qari Dawood Farooqi (son of Sufi Mohammad Zikria), Nafees Abbas (son of Mohammad Ahmed), Akramul Haq (son of Qadri Wali Haq), Mohammad Shahid (son of Mohammad Raheem), Mohammad Abdullah (son of Ghulam Murtaza) and Naushad alias Fawad. They were picked up with the help of information passed on by an intelligence agency. “They were planning to strike at nine prominent religious scholars and leaders of the Shia sect in the city just before Ashura,” said Shahid.

    The men have been accused of being involved in target killings, especially those of Shia doctors. Police said that during interrogations the suspects confessed to their involvement in killing Dr Sibtain in Kharadar in 2000 and Dr Mohammad Irfan in July 2010. They also allegedly confessed to killing the handicapped president of the Sahara trust NGO, Jaffar Shah, apart from murdering several other people in the city, purely on the basis of their religious affiliation.

    SSP Shahid told The Express Tribune that evidence of the Lashkar group’s collaboration with other militants had now become even stronger since one of the men caught, Mohammad Shahid, confessed to having links with the Tehreek-i-Taliban. The six men also collaborated closely with another Lashkar faction called the Waseem ‘Baroodi’ group.

    These six men belonged to the Asif Ramzi faction of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi. Ramzi was a notorious bomb-making expert, who was known for making many types of explosives, including letter bombs that were sent to senior police officials in the past. Before he was killed in 2003, he had conducted numerous sectarian killings in many parts of the country, including Karachi and the Punjab.

    Police also say that he was the mastermind who hooked the Lashkar cadres up with the Harkatul Mujahideen al Almi group. “In fact, one of the nabbed militants, Nafees, is the brother of Ramzi’s righthand man, who died with him back in 2003,” explained Shahid.

    The police officer added that during the raid some suspects had managed to escape. One of the fugitives, whose name is either Asim or Asif, is suspected to be a former member of the Pakistan Army Medical Corps unit.

    “It is because of this member that the well-trained militants had very good medical knowledge and many anesthetic-like medicines were also recovered from the group,” he said, adding that the medicines could be used either to treat wounded men or to knock out hostages during kidnapping-for-ransom operations.

    When asked where the militants got their arms from, SSP Chaudhry Aslam said groups such as the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi manage not only from within the city but also from other provinces. “Getting sophisticated arms is not a problem for such groups,” he said, without elaborating.

    Meanwhile, SSP Fayyaz Khan, who heads a separate unit with the CID, said a wanted Tehreek-i-Taliban militant called Iqbal alias Bajori (son of Shahzada Allakhail) was arrested from Manghopir with an illegal weapon. The suspect is believed to be part of the Taliban’s Faqeer Muhammad group and suspected of attacking security forces in Bajaur.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2010.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/75366/cid-swoops-in-on-militants-planning-attacks-before-ashura/

  15. Karachi blast highlights dangers for investigator (Reuters)

    12 November 2010, KARACHI – Staring blankly at what used to be his office, the plain-clothed police investigator recalled how he had worked long hours there trying to track down some of Pakistan’s most dangerous militants.
    The office was flattened in a suspected Pakistani Taliban suicide car bombing on Thursday at the compound of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), which focuses on apprehending militants who are bent on toppling Pakistan’s US-backed government.

    “I arrested members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ),” said the investigator, who looked lost, his AK-47 assault rifle slung over his shoulder.

    LeJ is one of Pakistan’s most violent anti-Shia groups and part of an al Qaeda-linked nexus of militants. They include the Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 15 people and wounded 100, and threatened more bloodshed.

    The explosion left a crater about 40 feet (12 metres) across and 12 feet (four metres) deep in front of the gutted building in Pakistan’s financial capital and biggest city, where senior militants were held and interrogated.

    The police investigator pointed out one of the rooms which held militants. It was reduced to broken concrete slabs and twisted metal.

    Parts of nearby buildings collapsed in the attack, which took place metres from the provincial chief minister’s house in a central district known as the “red zone” because of its high security status. The US Consulate and five-star hotels are nearby.

    A security guard knelt in the rubble and sifted through a pile of bullet casings. Police said the militants first opened fire, as they sometimes do during such attacks.

    Official documents were strewn across the rubble.

    Security officers and rescue workers tried to steady themselves over shaky chunks of cement as they searched furiously for possible survivors. A pair of sandals raised hope, but to no avail.

    A few feet away a group of security officers grunted as they pushed away a huge block of cement. Hopeful they had found a survivor.

    But a few minutes later the body of a paramilitary soldier, his face covered in dust, was carried away on a stretcher.

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/November/international_November583.xml&section=international

  16. taliban can only be devastated by means of a revolution of working class..they cant be eliminated in the current system..as u cant eliminate poverty in this system,,ur education system is pro jihadi…u cant eliminate madrassa system,,,which provides foot soldiers to fundamentalist organizations..

  17. @ Dr Yasir

    Poverty is just an excuse ,more then half of the world are living in poverty but only pakistan and afghanistan has this terrorism issue
    This is just because of extremist mulla

  18. I extremely agree with the title, eradicate these Wahabbi/Deobandi radicals from our society for God’s sake, someone please someone.

  19. Whatever/whoever is funding these goons, their financial network needs to be dismantled. If their “economic” foundation is destroyed, their pre-medieval ideology will become irrelevant. This is such horrible waste of human potential. If this crap terrorism is eliminated from the face of this planet, there will be good potential for generating some actual intellectual property. Some generation of “real” wealth. (And by that I don’t mean purely materialist/capitalistic notion, rather genuine contribution to humanity.)

    Unfortunately, I get the feeling there is a dirty, duplitious game going on. Powers that be are aware of what/who are funding the scumbags, have ability to do something about it, but aren’t. Sigh.

  20. پاکستان کے وفاقی وزیر داخلہ رحمان ملک نے کہا ہے کہلگتا ہے جیسے دہشت گردوں نے اب کراچی کو اپنا ہدف بنا لیا ہےانہوں نے کہا۔

    بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے انہوں نے کہا کہ کراچی میں ہر روز کالعدم تنظیم لشکر جھنگوی کے چھ سات ارکان پکڑے جاتے ہیں اور ہو سکتا ہے کہ جمعرات کا یہ حملہ بھی اس کا ردِ عمل ہو۔

    کراچی میں کرائم انویسٹیگیشن ڈیپارٹمنٹ (سی آئی ڈی) پر ہوئے حملے میں کالعدم تنظیم لشکرِ جھنگوی ملوث ہے۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک دشمن عناصر کو معلوم ہے کہ کراچی پاکستان کی شہ رگ ہے اس لیے انہوں نے کراچی کو نشانہ بنا لیا ہے۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ لشکر جھنگوی القاعدہ کی فرنٹ تنظیم بن چکی ہے اور یہی تنظیم شیعہ مسلک کے افراد پر حملوں اور حالیہ مزاروں پر حملوں میں ملوث ہے۔

    ’لشکر جھنگوی القاعدہ کی فرنٹ تنظیم ہے۔ میں وثوق کے ساتھ کہتا ہوں کہ سی آئی ڈی پر حملہ بھی اسی تنظیم نے کیا۔ تحریک طالبان پاکستان صرف لشکر جھنگوی سے توجہ ہٹانے کے لیے ذمہ داری قبول کر رہی ہے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/11/101112_khi_blast_jhangvi_rahman_rh.shtml

  21. Investigators probing the attack on the Crime Investigation Department (CID) centre in Karachi on Thursday have said that recently-nabbed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants had been threatening the Sindh police’s main investigating agency with dire consequences.
    ‘You either kill us or let us go’ was their demand.
    While Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik appeared sure about the involvement of the LeJ, a senior police officer disagreed with the conclusion and said he was betting his ‘smart money’ on the TTP for being solely responsible for the deadly attack.
    Investigators are now facing a daunting challenge in un raveling the sequence of events because the crime scene has been trampled over and key CCTV footage of the attack remains missing.
    Meanwhile, SSP Fayyaz Khan released two sketches of suspected militants involved in the attack on the CID centre.
    Click here for a detailed story
    Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2010.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/76733/karachi-blast-the-search-begins/

    Smart money on the TTP but LeJ strongly suspected
    Salman Siddiqui
    4 hours ago

    Lashkar-i-Jhangvi militants had been threatening the CID with dire consequences from the day six of their men were apprehended. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

    KARACHI: Security forces are hunting militants belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) for their involvement in the deadly attack on the main operational headquarters of the Sindh Police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID).

    Although top officials solving the case were keeping all cards close to their chest, trying their best to hide any clues that they may have found, background interviews reveal that daunting challenges lie ahead for the security forces.

    At least four units are leading the investigations, including two teams of the CID, the capital city police’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Federal Investigation Agency’s Special Investigation Group. Intelligence agencies are assisting.

    Even while Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik appeared cocksure about the involvement of the LeJ, one of the four CID Senior Superintendents of Police disagreed with the conclusion and said he would keep all options open. He said that he was betting his ‘smart money’ on the TTP for being solely responsible for the deadly attack.

    Also, the LeJ and TTP are not the only militant groups that are known to have a history of attacking state targets such as the police. Karachi-based Jundullah, which remains to date active in the city under a new leadership, could also have staged the attack. But, one investigator pointed out that ever since the two top tiers of Jundullah have been put behind bars, it has remained under the radar.

    DSP Usman Asghar was surveying the blast site on Friday afternoon along with two other officers in civvies. “That used to be my office,” he said, pointing towards a pile of rubble right in front of the huge crater. Asghar, who had been working with CID for the last eight years, was posted to the SIU just a day before the attack.

    This officer is known for catching the notorious Harkatul Mujahideen al Almi militant Kamran Atif in 2007 – the man who made an assassination attempt on president Musharraf in 2007. According to Asghar, his unit had found clues in the current case and was chasing some leads. “The challenge is to trace and catch the local handlers of the group that claims to have carried out the attack,” he said, referring to the TTP.

    One possibility being closely examined is the link of the CID’s arrest of six LeJ militants and one TTP militant made a day before the attack. SI Ali Shah [not his real name] said that the LeJ militants were produced before the sessions court earlier in the day. “Even though we are told to keep a close watch when we take militants to court, an unidentified man managed to speak with them there,” Shah said, adding that the militants were taken to CID centre late in the afternoon.

    The LeJ militants had been threatening them with dire consequences from the day they were apprehended, said Shah, who belongs to the CID squad’s commando unit. “You either kill us or let us go” was their demand.

    However, an hour before the attack, the LeJ militants were moved to SSP Chaudhry Aslam’s unit in Saddar’s Garden area. A senior police officer close to Aslam did not confirm or deny this. He said that “the attack had nothing to do with LeJ militants. This was an attack on the CID because the CID has been active against extremists.”

    Meanwhile, the FIA’s forensics unit led by SIG Sindh’s chief Azad Khan carried on with their crime scene analysis. Each member of the 10-man team collected metal fragments and residue swabs on cotton balls from the site, the spread of which, according to Khan, is more than 600 meters.

    “The biggest problem I’m facing is that the crime has been compromised because so many people and even bulldozers have been over important pieces of evidence,” Khan said, adding that it could take several days before his team can complete the survey.

    The samples collected from the site were being to sent to a forensics lab in Islamabad from where they’ll be able to determine the type of explosives used. “This will also help identify the possible groups behind the attack as different militant groups have different blast signatures,” he said.

    His team is also trying to determine the sequence of events. When asked why since CCTV cameras were supposedly in place at the facility, he did not respond directly and said, “if it was available we wouldn’t have done it.” The CCTV footage at the station was reportedly not functioning when the attack took place and the only ones available are those that were at the corner of the streets on other nearby buildings.

    IG Sindh Babar Khattak also visited the site and said that according to experts, the weight of the explosives was 500kgs.

    Body parts continued to be discovered from the crime scene. Pieces of an unknown person’s head were discovered on top of the State Life building nearby. Khattak said the DNA sampling would be done to determine whether it belonged to the bomber or one of the personnel.

    The CDGK’s Urban Search and Rescue Team pulled out two bodies late Thursday night. They used four dogs in the operation, whose names are Charlie, Senator, Saaghir and Queen. The dogs were provided by a Pakistan Army unit in Rawalpindi, said Naeem Yusuf, the search team’s leader.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2010.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/76600/smart-money-on-the-ttp-but-lej-strongly-suspected/

  22. Why are these alleged terrorist and their support network not in jail already. Why is the PPP government not taking law and order situation seriously? Why is the federal government not going after the terrorist and its support network? Why do a 100 different secretarial organizations and madras’s that export their poisonous ideologies are able to operate in every major city? Would you say that this inaction to destroy the terrorist support network is criminal negligence on the part of the federal government?

  23. “HOLY SHIT”

    This is for the Author and are those who commented supported such a filthy accusation. America’s paying you good money i think…. Propaganda’s are on it’s peak

  24. None of this can succeed if the state’s own paid propagandists are busy spreading confusion and propaganda that undermines the psy-ops effort. It will also not succeed if the army is simultaneously trying to protect assets for other uses (because the “good jihadis” don’t seem to understand the distinction and frequently help out the “bad jihadis”). It will also not succeed if Saudi and Gulf financing is not being intercepted. In short, it will not stop unless the India-centric, zero-sum national security mindset is changed and the armed forces give up their totalitarian domestic political ambitions. The continued existence of these ambitions necessitates that a good part of the jihadi pipeline be protected.

    For proof of this, you need to look no further than Musharraf’s moronic interviews with Der Spiegel and, more recently, at the Atlantic council. In fact if you put this latest interview together with Admiral Fasih Bokhari’s article you can see that the generals who are America’s great white hope in Pakistan are perhaps more dangerous and deluded than the illiterate and corrupt gangsters that give the civilian political parties a bad name. But, military men being military men, no Pentagon general seems to be able to resist the sight of a man in a finely starched uniform, especially if he also likes whisky (the one sure sign of “enlightened moderation”, if the diplomatic reports of the US embassy from the last 50 years are any guide).

    Unless we can wean the army off these twin ambitions (alliance with the mullahs in domestic politics and anti-Indian hatred as an organizing principle), we are in for much worse than this.

    A PAKISTANI PERSPECTIVE
    More Or Less?
    The notion that we are being unfairly asked to “do more” by the US and that things would be fine if that was not done is a common feeling in Pakistan…
    OMAR ALI

    http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?268028

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