KARACHI - A most-wanted terrorist, having ties with Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, was arrested by the Crime Investigation Department on Saturday.

The accused was identified as Adnan alias Abbu Hamza. He was placed in the sixth addition of Red Book.

He was arrested from his hideout in Keamari. Crime Investigation Department Interrogation Cell’s in-charge Mazhar Mashwani while talking to The Nation said the accused was the resident of Mehmoodabad area of Karachi. Earlier, he was arrested in 2009.

Hamza got bail from the court and settled in Lahore where his maternal uncle Chaudhry Asghar, affiliated with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, got him employed in the Auqaf Department in grade 16. He was transferred from Lahore to Karachi and then he started reorganising his group.

He was a close aide of Talat Hussain and Raja Abdul Razak of Al-Qaeda, the alleged masterminds behind the ISI headquarter suicide blast in Sukkur in July 24, 2013.

Investigators also suspected the involvement of these groups in October 18, 2007 blast carried out on the convoy of slain PPP leader in Karachi and also investigate the incidents of law enforcers’ killings in Hyderabad.

Adnan remained associated with the TTP, Punjabi Taliban and Al-Qaeda, said CID official Mashwani. He explained that his uncle used political influence for his job and even the documents he used were forged. “The group used to complete the survey of high profile personalities, including cops and daughter of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf and planned to target the sensitive installations.

Mashwani said the accused along with his companions, Misbahul Haq, associated with the TTP; Talat, associated with the Al-Qaeda, and Azeem Shaikh, belonging to Punjabi Taliban, are also wanted. They are involved in targeting the police officials and are also recruiting new cadres to achieve their goals.