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CTD arrested Amjad Sabri murderers; Sectarian links found

Amjad Sabri

Counter-Terrorism Department has arrested two people for the murder of famed qawwal Amjad Sabri and other high-profile cases. Amjad Sabri was gunned down in Karachi June 22, 2016.

The CTD headed by Raja Umar Khattab made a breakthrough and arrested two people from Liaquatabad called Ishaq alias Bobby and Asim alias Capri. Their weapons were also recovered. After a probe and forensic investigation, proof of involvement was found in 28 cases.

The men are affiliated with the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Naeem Bukhari group, the chief minister said. “There is no affiliation with a political party, it is a proscribed organisation.” CM Sindh

Shah said there was ‘conclusive evidence’ that the two were part of a gang involved in nine ‘major incidents’:

  • Oct 29 attack on Nazimabad majlis
  • Oct 17 attack on a majlis
  • July 26 attack on army personnel in Saddar
  • June 22 attack on Amjad Sabri
  • May 21 killing of two traffic constables at Aisha Manzil
  • April 20 attack on policemen
  • Dec 2015 attack on military police near Tibet Centre
  • Nov 20, 2015, attack on Rangers personnel in Ittehad Town
  • Aug 29, 2015, attack on Supreme Court Judge Advocate Syed Hamid Haider in Hassan Square

“Asim alias Capri was Amjad Sabri’s neighbour. We have not found any motive [behind the murder] as yet, but it seems sectarian to us because Sabri used to frequent majalis and had links to Ahle Tashi,” he said.

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Murad Ali Shah inspects weapons recovered from recovered militants: AFP

The two men were also involved in various instances of target killing of 12 other police personnel and seven Shias. Plenty of weapons were recovered from the suspects, including three SMGs, two MP5 rifles stolen from police, 27 pistols, and lots of hand grenades and IEDs.

Yesterday Malir-15 was tensed as protesters were throwing stones at police and had blocked the rail and road networks. Police also used the shelling on the people. The whole situation was upheaval. CM emphasised in his press conference that the administration is targeting no sect.

“This is to stop terrorism. If we have suspicions, we are detaining people. And when they are being cleared, we are releasing them. Sectarian violence is the biggest menace in our country and we will go to any extent to end it. I request the people of Karachi and across Sindh to support us in this matter,” the Sindh CM said.

When asked about the arrest of former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi and his alleged involvement in sectarian killing the CM said, “Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested for possession of unlicensed weapons.”

In Pakistan we have to observe the tolerance, no nation can afford the divide in the society. People of different ethnic backgrounds can move together. The USA has a black president who is governing the whites. This change is made possible by the maturity in the society. We are all mostly of the same religion; it’s a menace that we indulge in pity sectarian issues.

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