KARACHI - Anti-Extremist Cell of the Crime Investigation Department claimed to have arrested three alleged members of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan from Shireen Jinnah Colony, Clifton.

The arrested alleged TTP men were identified as Abdul Majeed aka Talib aka Jan, Hafiz Mairajuddin, Bakhtiar Mehsud and Imran Wahab.  The arrests were disclosed during a press conference held at the AEC office in Garden police headquarters.

Speaking at press conference, AEC Chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan informed that the arrested men belong to the TTP’s Khan Zaman group and Abdul Majeed was the finance in-charge of the group for Karachi while Mairajuddin was the group chief for the Sultanabad, Haji Camp.

SSP Khan claimed that the group members had been involved in extortion, robbing NATO containers, robberies and other heinous crimes and had been sending millions of rupees to their operatives in Waziristan, adding that the group was also involved in monitoring the sensitive installations and used to provide logistic support to the Taliban in Karachi.

The AEC chief claimed that police had also recovered a hit list of their possible targets from their possessions but refused to disclose to media for security reasons. Officials also claimed to have recovered 50 kilogrammes of explosives, five hand grenades, half dozen tennis ball bombs, two rifles, detonator wire, ball bearings, nut bolts and a Kalashnikov from their possession.

Separately, Mobina Town police claimed to have arrested two alleged target killers namely Babar and Rafiq aka Jagga during a raid conducted in Ayub Goth road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

DSP Qaiser Ali Shah said that the arrested culprits were paid killers and involved in more than one dozen cases of target killings while further investigation was underway.

Meanwhile, over one dozen suspects were taken into custody during a targeted raid in Ilyas Goth and Angara Goth in Liaquatabad.

According to sources in Rangers, three gangsters were also among the detainees and a huge cache of weapons were also recovered from their possession.