Karachi faces massive terrorist attack

Salahuddin Haider

Karachi—Source here reveal that Terrorist outfits, like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehrik-i-Taliban, Pakistan, or Al-Qaeda are still at work here having networks in Balochistan and they have reportedly sneaked into Karachi, and may play havoc with the lives and property in the country’s commercial capital. Their leadership is based in Balochistan—some of them belonging to farari camps, others operating independently but their motive is to launch a massive campaign in Karachi, anti-terrorism officials said. The officials recalled that after the Shikarpur bomb blast at an Eid congregation in September, a would-be suicide bomber arrested by police in an injured condition was found to be affiliated with the TTP, which is working in collaboration with al-Qaeda. Source said the case was handed over to the Sindh Police’s counter-terrorism department’s Transnational Terrorists Intelligence Group in-charge Raja Umer Khattab. They said that a letter was issued on the directives of IGP AD Khowaja regarding the transfer of the investigation of FIR No106/16 lodged under sections of possession of explosives, attempt to murder, police encounter and the Terrorism Act from Khanpur police station in Shikarpur district to the CTD Sindh. The arrest of Usman, first of them was taken into custody by Khattab in Balochistan during his visit to the area to search for them. He was produced before an anti-terrorism court which remanded him in CTD custody for 30 days. Khattab said the attack seemed to be a collective strike of the TTP and al-Qaeda as the Taliban’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar had accepted responsibility for it. He said Usman belonged to Afghanistan and was affiliated with the TTP Swat, Karachi chapter. He saw a nexus between Shafiq Mengal group, Al-Qaeda network existing in Wadh area of south-western province. Insiders reported that terrorists were mostly from Afghanistan, and were entering into Balochistan for strikes in Karachi, which they wanted to paralyse to damage Pakistan’s economy.“”They are also involved in the recent killings in Karachi and other parts of Sindh.”

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