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Trained MQM-London activist arrested with guns

The Sindh Police Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), together with the Sindh Rangers, claimed to have arrested a suspected terrorist during a raid in Karachi on Wednesday.

The arrested suspect has been identified as Iftikharul Ibad, alias Pittan and Kamran. He was arrested during an intelligence-based raid on a residential apartment named Bab-e-Arif in the Nagan Chowrangi area. A pistol and a Kalashnikov were recovered in his possession.

According to the CTD spokesperson, the arrested suspect is a trained activist belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L), a notorious terrorist and member of a targeted assassination team named Tariq Chamber.

On June 8, 1997, the suspect and his accomplices attacked the office of a rival political party at RCD Ground in the Saudabad district of Malir, killing a party member named Saleem. The suspect and an accomplice were also injured in the attack.

Sharing more details, the spokesperson said that on July 11, 1997, the suspect, along with his accomplices, killed four people, including two sons of Shaheed SP Azizur Rehman of the Sindh police in the Al-Falah area. as they returned home after attending Friday prayers.

Besides the sons of the SP, namely Deputy Inspector Kashif Aziz stationed at the Federal Investigation Agency and Rashid Aziz, two police officers, namely gunman Arshad Baig and driver Javed were killed in the attack.

The suspect, along with his accomplices, also killed police officer Rashidullah, driver of DSP Shahnaz Butt, in the Al-Falah region on July 11, 1997. After these major terrorist activities, the suspect went into hiding and served a junior clerk at the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board since 2018.

The suspect, along with his accomplices, had been involved in various terrorism cases, while an investigation is underway to verify his militant training and find out where his accomplices are.