‘Such high-profile kidnapping had a motive to spread terror.’
All three terrorists who were transporting Shah have been killed in the encounter with security forces, the military spokesperson told a press briefing here.
He said terrorists have run out of hideouts in the wake of operation Zarb-e-Azb. Three AK-47s and around 500 ammunition were recovered from the terrorists, said Bajwa.
He detailed operation was conducted near a thoroughfare connecting Dera Ismail Khan to Tank district.
He said the army had technical evidence of movements’ and subsequently we had placed ambush to catch the suspects.
There is a Mufti Mehmood Chowk adjacent to Dera Ismail Khan that led to three routes: Zhob, Tank and the main city. “We had deployed forces on all three exits.”
He narrated that forces spotted a blue-coloured ‘Surf’ vehicle near Tank and personnel promptly acted when the driver tried to escape after being flagged down.
A security force official shot dead the driver. Two other ‘terrorists’ aboard the vehicle tried to flee but the security forces also target them.
During search of the vehicle, a burqa-clad person was seen. Security personnel asked it about identity, but the queries were not responded. When the veil was lifted, it was a boy with his hands tied to the rope and lips sealed with a sticky tape.
When the tape on his lips removed, the boy immediately told forces that he was a son of Chief Justice Sindh High Court, the ISPR chief told the media.
The military personnel took him to the nearby camp and the information was conveyed to the high-ups. Later Army Chief General Raheel Sharif telephoned the SHC chief justice at midnight and informed about him about recovery of his son.
Responding to a journalists query, Bajwa said Shah was kidnapped by a splinter group of TTP while leads are also found the involvement of al-Qaeda operatives in the crime.
He said ‘there were several threat alerts during Ramazan which we pre-empted with the efforts of security forces.”
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