19 suspects involved in sectarian killing arrested in Karachi
KARACHI: Police here on Monday claimed to have arrested 19 suspects involved in sectarian killing from different areas in Karachi, ARY News reported.
Addressing a press conference today, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) East Amir Farooqi said that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Malir police had arrested the suspects during their joint operations in different areas of the city.
“The suspects were identified as Saeed Imran, Waqar Raza, Abbas, Syed Matloob Mosvi, and Saeed Mutasim”, he said.
He alleged that ‘a neighboring country’ was involved in financing and promoting terrorism in Pakistan. “Amazingly, the suspects’ names are included in the list of missing persons,” said the police officer and claimed that the arrested ‘target killers’ received militant training in a neighboring country.
He said that the neighboring country in question through its spy agency paid them Rs.40,000 per month each for terror activities in Pakistan.
DIG Farooqi said that the suspects, during the initial interrogation, had revealed that 28 people were on their hit list of whom they had completed the recce.
The police officer claimed that the suspects were given target to convince media persons and use them for their ‘evil design’. He said that some of the suspects were also involved in an attack on religious leader Molana Aurangzaib Farooqi.
“No sectarian violence or murder was reported in the city since their detention,” said the DIG.
The police officer said that the suspects was also involved in recruiting people in their terrorist group and added that the suspects had killed at least 50 people in different areas of city.