KARACHI/toba tek singh - The law enforcement agencies yesterday busted a network of criminals trained by Indian spy agency – Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – in southern city of Karachi.

In another incident, at least four people, including two children and a woman, were killed during a joint-raid conducted by police and security forces in Pirmahal area of Punjab’s Toba Tek Singh.

Counter-terrorism Department’s (CTD) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naveed Khawaja told the media the security force had foiled a major terror plan as police had arrested four accused linked to a political party in Karachi, who confessed to planning an attack on Shahe Khorasan Imambargah in the month Muharram, and received training in various parts of India.

The names of those arrested are: Khalid, Muhammad Mohsin alias Kashif, Abdul Jabbar alias Zaffar, Muhammad Shafiq alias Pappu. Khawaja said the four had also been involved in an attack on Afaq Ahmad — chief of MQM Haqiqi.

The SSP said the detained personnel had also identified several bank accounts that were used in funding their activities, adding that the State Bank of Pakistan had been notified in this regard. “Several traders and businessmen were aiding these terrorists directly or indirectly,” said the SSP, adding that a case against all abettors will also be initiated.

He said the accused had identified several locations where they claim to have hidden weapons and ammunition.

Toba Tek Singh Police say officers raided a suspected militant hideout in Housing Colony area of Pirmahal, triggering a shootout. The suspect also lobbed several grenades wounding three members of the Punjab Elite Police Force during the hour-long encounter.

Security men arrested the suspected terrorist Qaiser in wounded condition after hours long op and took him to the DHQ hospital. He was referred to Faisalabad Allied Hospital where he died.

The wife and two children of the suspect were among the dead. Another child was also critically injured.

Police said that the suspect was a key commander belonging to the outlawed TTP. The district police chief told the media that police uniforms, three suicide jackets, hand grenades, explosive materials and maps of sensitive areas were found from the house. Police also took in custody house owner for investigation.

Authorities have stepped up operations against militants during the past two weeks after a suicide attack in Punjab province killed provincial home minister Shuja Khanzada and 13 others.