KARACHI - Outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Chief Mullah Fazlullah and a TTP spokesman was booked in the FIR lodged by PIB Colony police station for their involvement in the suicide attack that killed SP Chaudhry Aslam Khan and his two guards.

The FIR has been lodged under Anti-Terrorism Act by the police over the acceptance of responsibility for the attack that took place at Essa Nagri gateway of Lyari Expressway on Thursday, killing CID SP Caudhry Aslam near CID Garden. PIB SHO Nasir Lodhi said the FIR under sections 302/34, 427/1, 103/34 of Pakistan Panel Code and 3/4 read with 7 ATA (Anti-Terrorist Act) under 120-P had been registered on the complaint of CID Inspector Adil Malik.

The investigators have concluded that the suicide attack was carried out on the convoy of SP Ch Aslam by Naeemullah Siddique son of Rafiullah Siddique, a resident of Pirabad. The police arrested the father and a brother of the deceased suicide bomber and got the blood samples of both the accused for DNA test. Police sources said bomber Naeemullah was studying at a seminary in the Pirabad area and his father Shafiullah was the chief cleric at Siddique Seminary and the mosque located in the same vicinity.  The sources said the bomber had recently been arrested by the CID, but later released for lack of sufficient evidence to book him. The police said the elder brother of the alleged suicide bomber was killed in Karachi a couple of months ago when he came back to the city from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where he had been sent for suicide bombing, but he declined to carry out the suicide mission.  It is worth mentioning here that earlier the police believed that it was a roadside bombing, but the statement of the TTP spokesman altogether changed the investigation scenario.

During the course of the investigation, the police investigators found a leg and a hand. The Nadra database identified the bomber as Naeemullah through the fingerprints.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mohmand Agency TTP chief Khalid Khurasani, in a statement, obtained by The Nation, had warned that they would take revenge from SP Ch Aslam who was responsible for extrajudicial killings of a number of its operatives and was also torturing several others in police torture cells. He had sounded a warning that TTP would not forget or tolerate the ‘enemies’ of Islam.

Separately, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned security forces and Karachi prison personnel to halt their activities against their imprisoned activists. Extending threats, the TTP said they were well aware of their residential addresses and routine activities of their family members, including their children.

In an email to The Nation, TTP stated that after the killing of SP Chaudhry Aslam, security forces, especially the Karachi prison personnel, were shifting their activists from the prison to some other places and killing them. The email warned TTP would not tolerate these tactics and demanded the authorities halt these activities immediately or get ready for revenge. It further said TTP had complete information about the prison personnel’s residential addresses and their family members’ routine activities.

Warning the Karachi prison personnel, it said the people involved in these acts would not get anything. They should think of their children and families and halt such action or get prepared to face the music as the TTP would do whatever it wanted.

The email further warned media people and said: “Any news regarding our colleagues’ movement from the prison to other places would send you to Chaudhry Aslam for sure.”