suicide bombers are ready to carry out attacks at
Muharram processions in Karachi, an arrested Tehreek-e-Taliban
militant, Akhtar Mehsud, told intelligence officials
during interrogation on November 17, reports The
Express Tribune. During interrogation, the suspect
warned of attacks during the first 10 days of Muharram,
claiming that four suicide bombers are already present
in Karachi. Rickshaws and motorcycles are expected
to be used to launch attacks, especially between Muharram
8 and Muharram 10.
Mehsud, was arrested in a raid in Kunwari Colony of
Manghopir on November 14, 2012. A few accomplices
of the suspect were also arrested later. Mehsud was
allegedly involved in attacks on Security Forces in
the tribal areas.
Crime Investigation Department (CID) Functional Crime
Unit head Raja Umar Khitab said that members of banned
organisations are involved in incidents of bank robberies
and other crimes in Karachi, more than the Taliban.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Khitab said
there was no proof of Taliban’s presence in the Old
City area or Lyari, however, reports have been received
regarding the presence of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
the issue of rising extortion cases, the SSP explained
that summoning information regarding extortionists’
hideouts takes up to one week and till that time,
the suspects have already shifted to another place.
Members of banned organisations team up with Lyari
gangwar suspects and distribute chits among businessmen
and traders. The chits have their numbers on them,
which are used by Police and other agencies to locate
them, he detailed.