M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Following the disclosure that some of the militants killed in June 2014 Airport attack belonged to this Metropolis, ten bodies were exhumed from the Edhi Graveyard for collection of DNA samples here in Mowaach Goth on Tuesday (22 Nov.).
Health officials carried out the 5-hour-long operation under the supervision of (1) Judicial Magistrate Malir.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier it was assumed that all the Karachi Airport attackers were foreigners. But recently arrested militants belonging to banned outfits like LeJ have disclosed that many of those terrorists were homegrown activists.
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Bodies of Karachi airport attackers to be exhumed today for DNA
KARACHI: On the directives of a legal court, a medical board will exhume and examine bodies of ten attackers involved in Karachi airport attack that took place two years ago in June 2014.
The medical board, under the supervision of a judicial officer, will disinter the bodies buried at the Mowachh Goth graveyard today (Tuesday).
The decision followed after a judicial magistrate in Karachi directed the health authorities to constitute a medical board since police moved court for the exhumation of the bodies for DNA testing.
The four-member medical team will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants.
A medical team comprising 10 to 15 members will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants in the presence of the judicial magistrate.
According to an official of the medical board, the decision was taken as the previous samples obtained by the police investigators had not been secured properly.
Around 10 militants, armed with automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket launcher stormed Karachi airport in June, 2014, killing 26 people, including personnel of the Airport Security Force, police and Rangers at the Hajj terminal of the airport.
They were later killed in the hours-long gun battle with army commandos and personnel of other security forces. The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
“The bodies of the unidentified attackers, whose origin had been presumed as Central Asian, were buried after their DNA samples had been collected by police investigators for identification purpose. The samples were sent for examination to the forensic laboratory in Islamabad, but the forensic experts later claimed that the samples were lost because they had not been ‘secured’ properly,” said sources in the police.
Three militants linked to Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (Naeem Bukhari group) are facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for allegedly providing logistic support, funds and weapons to the attackers.
During the interrogation, one militant Ishaq alias Bobby told police that his brother-in-law, Majid, and his friend, Hisham, were killed in the airport attack
Raja Umer Khattab, officer of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police told media that LJ suspects Majid and Hisham were allegedly involved in 28 high-profile murder cases including Qawwal Ajmad Sabri and security personnel killing.
(VIDEO AND TEXT) APS tragedy remembered by Karachiites at Arts Council!
M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Lobby of the Arts Council of Pakistan was the place where hundreds of Karachiites converged on the evening of 16th December to light lamps remembering the lost of innocent lives due to terrorist attack on Army Public School the very day three years ago.
Literati Iftikhar Arif, Haseena Moin, Commissioner Karachi Ejaz Ahmed Khan and President Arts Council Muhammad Ahmed Shah while addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience reaffirmed their resolve to work towards making Pakistan an enlightened Islamic state.
Special arms licenses may be given to Karachi businessmen!
KARACHI: Accepting that law and order situation in the Metropolis was not in an ideal state Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Khan Siyal said that he would talk to the CM apropos proposal that suggests special permission for arms licenses to businessmen.
The Sindh home minister on Wednesday pledged to take measures for the security of the business community that would include a special permission for issuing arms licenses to its members despite a ban.
He was speaking to the members of KCCI here yesterday (on Wednesday 13th of December).
Home Minister observed that there was an immense need to equip and train police officers and make them capable enough to efficeintlyand promplty deal with different types of crimes.
Minister claimed that there had been a gradual improvement in every segment of the law and order scenario: “You would have witnessed the recent increase in street crime but the fact is, which can be counterchecked through the CPLC data, it has been on the decline if we compare it to the past few years.
“I endorse concerns of the business community, and to address those I would talk to the chief minister with a proposal that suggests special permission for arms licenses to businessmen.
“We have already launched police reforms…In line with the same initiative, we have been recruiting policemen on merit, and for capacity building the law enforcement agency has been equipped with hundreds of new mobile vans and hi-tech weapons.
“Similarly, work is already under way on the Safe City project that would enhance the city’s video surveillance manifold and make policing more effective.”
Siyal said that strategies should be devised to improve the policing system in the port city at par with world’s major cities.
Owners of Rufi Builders arrested by NAB for cheating public
KARACHI: Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv has informed that NAB here has arrested two owners of Messrs Rufi Builders & Developers, Rauf Ahmed Rufi and Manzoor Ahmed Rufi today.
They were booked in an investigation on charges of cheating public at large by denying possession of plots to 415 allottees who made their payments 17 years ago under their project Rufi Global City located at main super highway.
They have been charged of extorting amount of millions of rupees from public by over booking of plots on land of 45 acres.
They will be produced before Accountability Court Hyderabad tomorrow for physical remand.