KARACHI - At least seven terrorists were gunned down in four shootouts with the law-enforcement agencies in different areas here Thursday.
Four terrorists were killed during armed encounters with police personnel in the megacity areas of Mochko and Docks.
Meanwhile about three gangsters hailing from Lyari’s Uzair Jan group were killed in an armed encounter in Mochko. The terrorist who was killed in Docks was involved in sectarian targeted killings in the city, according to police.
According to SP City Fida Hussain, the killed felon used to take money from the outlawed organisations for these killings. Hand grenades, four 9MM pistols and bullets were recovered from the saboteurs, according to the police official.
Another armed encounter took place in the city area of New Karachi. According to Rangers spokesman, the terrorists opened fire at the paratroopers as soon as they arrived in the metropolis area of New Karachi overnight for targeted operation. The spokesman said that two target killers were killed in retaliatory fire by the troopers. The outlaws were involved in different terrorist activities including targeted killings and sectarian killings.
Meanwhile, Anti-Terrorism Court remanded alleged financer of Safoora bus attack in police custody for 30 days. The accused was produced in the court where he claimed that he only used to deliver lecture of Quran at his residence, and that he was unaware of whosoever were attending the lectures.
On Wednesday, police claimed to have arrested Shiba Ahmed for funding high-profile terror attacks in Karachi and other parts of the country. Police said Ahmed lived in Defence Housing Society, claiming that the suspect belonged to Al-Qaeda South Asia. Anti-terror police chief Naveed Khawja told a press conference that Ahmed had been financing militants “on a large scale”.
Ahmed owned chemical businesses in Pakistan and Iran that were the main source of his income and terror financing, according to police. “The remittances coming from abroad would be used in helping terrorists financially,” Khawja said. The police were tipped off about Ahmed from a key suspect in an attack in the Safoora Goth of Karachi in which 45 Ismaili community members, including women, were killed when gunmen stormed a bus in May.
“Shiba Ahmed not only financed the terrorist act but motivated and brainwashed the key suspects of the Safoora Goth tragedy,” Khawja said. Separately, DG Rangers Sindh Maj-Gen Bilal Akbar has said that the situation in Karachi has improved with the blessing of Allah Almighty. Talking to a TV channel during a ceremony of Bin Qasim Association of Trade and Industry in Defence, he said that the situation will further improve in 6-8 months as they had identified terrorists and their facilitators. He said that they were establishing a Rangers wing in Bin Qasim Town.
Maj-Gen Bilal Akbar said that they have full support of the masses, intellectuals and educated people. “The establishment of peace is our main objective, but it is continuous and time-consuming activity.” He asked all stakeholders to express patience. “75 per cent people want to continue the targeted operation for the establishment of peace,” he added.
Meanwhile, Counter-Terrorism Department claimed to have arrested a Tehreek-e-Imaraat-e-Islamia Afghanistan operative who has planned to carryout terrorist activity during Eid festival.
Omar Hayat alias Mavia alias Darwesh, was arrested during a targeted raid conducted on a tip-off in MPR Colony in Orangi Town while two suicide jackets and two bombs were also recovered from his possession. He is also said to be the mastermind of preparing youth for suicide bombings as well as making bombs. Further investigation was underway.