‘Nexus of Al Qaeda, LeJ, TTP shattered in Karachi’

February 12, 2016
By: Samaa Web Desk
Published in Pakistan

KARACHI: Director General ISPR, Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, on Friday revealed that law-enforcing agencies have successfully burst nexus of terrorists belonging to al Qaeda (subcontinent chapter) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), Samaa reported.

The army spokesman was briefing media persons in Karachi.

Bajwa said security forces have achieved a major success during the ongoing Karachi operation by arresting over 97 hardcore terrorists, including three high value targets.

“We have broken the overall network and nexus of terrorists belonging to al Qaeda subcontinent chapter and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. They were backed by Tehreek-e-Taliban… This is a major achievement, but we have much more to do,” Bajwa said.

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He said the terrorists were involved in almost all major incidents of terrorism in Karachi, adding that all of them are in army’s custody.

They committed several heinous crimes, including attacks on security forces, Kamra airbase attack, Mehran airbase attack in Karachi, suicide attack on senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam, attacks on naval buses in Karachi and other incidents of terrorism, he said.

About the three high value targets (HVTs), he said they are three hardcore terrorists – Masna, the ‘number two’ of al Qaeda subcontinent chapter, Naeem Bukhari, the head of LJ’s Sindh chapter, and Munna, a wanted terrorist of Al Qaeda.

They had head money of Rs.15 million, Rs.20 million and Rs.5 million respectively, Bajwa said, adding that Masna was mastermind of June 2014 airport attack in Karachi.

The three hardcore terrorists were later presented by media.

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The DG ISPR said army foiled a plot of Hyderabad jailbreak by arresting perpetrators from the city, seizing their arms and ammunition.

“Several of those arrested, including Bokhari, were in the advanced stages of carrying out car bomb attack on Hyderabad Central Jail to free Ahmed Omar Sheikh,” he said.

Sheikh was convicted of killing US reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

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Bajwa also briefed media about success of Zarb-e-Azb operation and anti-criminal Rangers operation in Karachi.

About Zarb-e-Azb operation, he said the massive army operation has significantly helped forge regional peace.

“Hideouts of terrorist were destroyed in the operation when we launched Zarb-e-Azb in June 2015… It significantly declined terrorism not only in the country but in the entire regional as well. Entire world has acknowledged it,” he said.

About Rangers operation in Karachi, he said it was kicked off in Karachi when the mega city was plagued by terrorism and street crime.

“Rangers carried out 7000 operations in Karachi, arrested at least 12000 criminals of them 6000 were handed over to police. During this operation, Rangers have seized huge cache of ammunition and more than 9000 weapons,” he elaborated.

The army spokesman claimed that Rangers operation in Karachi has resulted in major decline in crimes.

“As a result of this operation, the target killing has dropped by 70 per cent, extortion by 85 per cent and incidents of kidnapping for ransom by 90 per cent in Karachi … but we still have much to do,” he said- Samaa
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Story first published: 12th February 2016


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