TTP has a long hit list for Karachi
The News, September 21, 2011
The September 19 suicide bombing at the Karachi residence of SSP Mohammad Aslam Chaudhry, who also heads the Anti-Extremists Cell of the Crime Investigation Department, was the second attempt in ten months to assassinate the high-profile police official spearheading a steady campaign against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
He is trying hard against the TPP s new network in the port city set up in tandem with sectarian and militant groups.
Well-informed circles in the security agencies say Monday s terrorist attack in the high-security Defence area of Karachi is an attempt to demoralise the law enforcement agencies, especially the CID which has identified in recent days over two dozen extremist militant and sectarian outfits operating in Karachi for a possible crackdown.
Prominent among these sectarian and jehadi groups are the Tehrik-e-Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkare-Jhangvi Al Alami, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Harkatul Mujahideen, Harkatul Mujahideen Al Alami, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamaatul Furqaan, Harkatul Jehadul Islami, Jundallah, Tehrik-e-Islami, Lashkar-e-Muhammadi, Lashkar-e-Islami, Mehdi Militia, Hezbollah, Sipah-e-Muhammad, Sunni Tehrik, Daawat-e-Islami etc.
The sources said some TTP-linked elements had distributed a leaflet in various outskirts of Karachi in the second week of June this year, carrying a hit list of anti-jehadi personalities, threatening that they would be killed along with their family members. The pamphlet justified jehad and urged pure Muslims to rise up against those elements who are creating problems for jehadis.
The previous attempt to assassinate Aslam Chaudhry was also made by a human bomber who rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the Karachi headquarters of the CID on November 11, 2010. However, Aslam Chaudhry and four officers of the CID, SSP Fayyaz Khan, SSP Omar Shahid and SP Mazhar Mashwani, who oversee the anti-extremism cell and run counter-terrorism operations in the port city and were the key targets of the attack, escaped unhurt.
According to the leaflet, the definition of a criminal had been changed in recent times. Previously, it was used for robbers and dacoits but after 9/11, the term is being used for those who are sincere with the religion of Islam and want to wage jehad against the forces of the infidel .
Those declared as liable to be killed in the TTP pamphlet included Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi Saud Mirza, SSP CID Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Khan, SSP CID Fayyaz Khan, Anti Violent Crime Unit Chief SSP Farooq Awam, Special Investigation Unit Chief SSP Raja Omar Khattab, former Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wasim Ahmed, Sunni Deobandi scholar Mufti Mohammad Naeem, Shia scholar Mirza Yousuf Baig, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Haider Abbas Rizvi and Farooq Sattar, PPP leader Faisal Raza Abidi, General (r) Pervez Musharraf s press secretary Rashid Qureshi, TV artists and some Karachi-based journalists and television anchors.
The attack began as an armed assault and ended with a truck bomb that killed at least 20 people and injured over 100 others. The CID building was being used to interrogate suspects belonging to the TTP and other banned militant groups. The attack was carried out a day after Aslam Chaudhry had arrested six activists of the TTP-linked sectarian-cum jehadi group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) [on November 10, 2010].
In fact, Aslam and his team members have largely broken the TTP network in the city by arresting three successive ameers of the Karachi chapter of the group in recent months, including Akhtar Zaman Mehsud, his successors Bahadur Khan Momand and Maulvi Saeed Anwer, thus inviting the wrath of the Karachi chapter of the TTP which has links not only with militants in the country s tribal areas, but also with al-Qaeda and several banned militant and sectarian outfits.
Therefore, the responsibility claim made by the TTP spokesman soon after the September 19 attack was not at all surprising. The TTP spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying: We will continue targeting all such police officers who are involved in the killing of our jehadi comrades .
On the other hand, Aslam Chaudhry, having survived the TTP attack, told reporters that he had received threats from the al-Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban. I was sleeping when they carried out this cowardly act and rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into my house. But let me tell you, I will not be cowed down. I will teach them a lesson their generations will find hard to forget. I did not know that these terrorists were so cowards that they would attack sleeping children, said Aslam while speaking to the media.
Aslam, who joined the police force in 1984 as ASI in the Sindh Reserve Police, got major exposure after he was made the Lyari Task Force chief. He and Rehman Dakait had several gun battles before Rehman was finally killed. On February 4, 2010, a division bench of the Sindh High Court comprising Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Ahmed Ali had ordered the police to register a case against Aslam and other police personnel for allegedly killing Abdur Rahman Baloch alias Rahman Dakait and his three associates in a staged police encounter.
Karachi, one of the main sources of the Taliban s financial accumulation through criminal activities like kidnappings for ransom and bank robberies, has not seen as many TTP-sponsored terror attacks as other major cities, but it is home to many of the TTP militants who have fled army operations in the tribal areas. To recall, the first vehicle-borne suicide bombing in Pakistan was carried out in Karachi on May 8, 2002, when a human bomb drove his car into the side of a bus outside the Sheraton Hotel, killing 14 people including 11 French naval technicians.
Miscreants distribute ‘hit list’ leaflets in Karachi
By: Mansoor Khan
Source: The Nation
KARACHI – Unidentified terrorists have distributed instigating leaflets in various outskirts of the city to maintain a ‘hit list’ of anti-jihadi personalities and kill them and their family members.
The copy of the handbill, obtained by The Nation, showed scores of high-profile personalities’ list and indicated to enhance it. It showed a set schedule to kill the said personalities. It gave the names of various personalities belonging to journalist community, political, non-political figures, government high-ups, intelligence officials and law enforcement agencies personnel.
The communiqué justifies jihad and urges to wage jihad against the people, who are creating problems against the jihadi elements, and also asks individuals to maintain the hit list of people and kill them after taking ‘fatwa’ from religious clerics.
The areas where the communiqué, composed in Urdu was said to be distributed included Keamari, Kunwari Colony, Sultanabad, Manghopir, Sohrab Goth, Ittehad Town, Baldia, Orangi Town, Metrovill, Korangi, Saeedabad and others. “Make the list in a sequence and if you feel any problem to achieve the target, kill the family members of target,” the leaflet reads adding that it was aimed “To make the list of wanted criminals because they are the actual criminals labelling jihadis as terrorists.” The communiqué includes the names of 18 people at the hit list. The names are Jasmin Manzur, Mazhar Abbas, Kamran Khan, Veena Malik, Begum Nawazish Ali, former director general Federal Investigation Agency Wasim Ahmed, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Karachi Saud Mirza, CID SSP Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Khan, CID SSP Fayyaz Khan, Anti Violent Crime Unit Chief SSP Farooq Awam, Special Investigation Unit chief SSP Raja Omar Khattab, Sunni scholar Mufti Naeem, Shia scholar Mirza Yousuf Baig, Dawat-e-Islami chief Ilyas Qadri, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Haider Abbas Rizvi, Faisal Raza Abidi, Farooq Sattar and Rashid Qureshi, the former spokesperson of the former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.
The communiqué ends with provoking poetry “Pas Aey Shehsawaran-e-Islam. Utho Aey Allah k Lashkar. Agay Barho Aey Din ki talwaron. Chamko aur bijli ki karak ban kar dushmanan-e-Din per tot paro.” The leaflet further said that the definition of a ‘wanted criminal’ had been changed, as earlier, it was used for robbers and dacoits but after 9/11, it was started to be used for the people who were honest and sincere with Islam and wanted to wage jihad. It said the real wanted criminals were those people who were dishonest and insincere with Islam rather they were engaged with plotting against Muslims.
The communiqué stated that these elements played their role as the backbone of ‘kufar’ (infidelity) adding that these personalities included the leaders of non-Muslim countries, United Nations, World Bank, IMF, diplomats of European countries, multinational companies owned by the ‘Yahood o nasara’ (jews), army leadership, police and intelligence officials, leaders of the secular political parties, top officials of bureaucracy, media and others.
When contacted, IGP Wajid Durrani said the police had the details about the distribution of the said letters and investigation in this regard was underway.
Blood flows freely in Pakistan
By Amir Mir
ISLAMABAD – The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ – Army of Jhangvi), a Pakistan-based, al-Qaeda-linked, anti-United States, Sunni Deobandi sectarian-turned-jihadi group, has let loose a reign of terror against the Shi’ite minority.
In its latest attack, the LeJ on Tuesday killed 13 Shi’ites traveling on a bus to work in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province. The attackers forced the Shi’ites off the bus, made them stand in a line and then opened fire.
This followed the July 14 release of Malik Mohammad Ishaq, one of the founding members of the LeJ, which has already claimed responsibility for the September 20 cold-blooded execution-style killing of 29 Shi’ite pilgrims of the Hazara community in the
Mastung area of Balochistan.
All those killed were on their way to Iran from Quetta. Armed with Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers, the attackers stopped the bus and forced the pilgrims to get off. While women and children were spared, they were made to witness the execution of their dear ones who were lined up and sprayed with bullets.
It was the deadliest attack on the Shi’ite community in Pakistan since September 4, 2010, when a suicide bomber killed 57 people at a procession in Quetta. The Mastung attack is not an isolated incident, but part of a systematic campaign of violence directed towards the Shi’ite community. Over 400 Shi’ite Hazaras have been killed in Balochistan by the LeJ since 1999.
The Hazaras are Persian-speakers who mainly live in central Afghanistan. They are overwhelmingly Shi’ites and comprise the third-largest ethnic group of Afghanistan. Over half a million Hazaras live in Pakistan, especially in the Quetta district.
They are the frequent target of attacks in Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan by anti-Shi’ite Sunni Deobandi sectarian-cum-militant groups like the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban – TTP) and the LeJ, which suspect them of assisting and aiding US intelligence agencies in their hunt for the fugitive leaders of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, believed to be hiding in Pakistan.
One would recall the massacre of the Hazaras in Afghanistan after the Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Omar took power in Kabul in September 1996 and allowed the LeJ to operate in Pakistan from sanctuaries in Afghan territory.
While claiming responsibility for killing the 29 pilgrims in Mastung, a spokesman of the LeJ, said: “Our activists will continue to target the Shi’ite community.” The massacre was carried out amid the usual hate speech and wall-chalking, branding Shi’ites as apostate and worthy to be killed.
A few weeks before the massacre, the LeJ had circulated an open letter addressed to Hazaras in Quetta. Written in the Urdu language, the letter stated:
All Shi’ites are worthy of killing. We will rid Pakistan of unclean people. Pakistan means land of the pure and the Shi’ites have no right to live in this country. We have the edict and signatures of revered scholars, declaring Shi’ites infidels. Just as our fighters have waged a successful jihad against the Shi’ite Hazaras in Afghanistan, our mission in Pakistan is the abolition of this impure sect and its followers from every city, every village and every nook and corner of Pakistan.
Like in the past, our successful jihad against the Hazaras in Pakistan and, in particular, in Quetta, is ongoing and will continue in the future. We will make Pakistan the graveyard of the Shi’ite Hazaras and their houses will be destroyed by bombs and suicide bombers. We will only rest when we will be able to fly the flag of true Islam on this land of the pure. Jihad against the Shi’ite Hazaras has now become our duty.
Those investigating the recent surge in anti-Shi’ite attacks believe it has something to do with the release on bail of Malik Ishaq, the feared LeJ leader who had been charged with involvement in 100-plus sectarian murders.