Pakistan army on Friday said nearly 100 hardcore militants have been arrested, who were involved in several major terror attacks and planning to free top al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, who was allegedly involved in the 9/11 terror attacks in the US.
Army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said that 97 terrorists belonging to top terror networks like al-Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were arrested during ongoing intelligence-based operations in the city.
- Pakistan: 7 arrested in connection with attacks on court, Christian colony
- Uri terror attack: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemns act
- Pakistan is now free of 'organised presence' of terrorists, claims Army
- Pakistan military kills 60 militants in airstrikes, gun battle near Afghan border
- Parents bury children
- Top Al-Qaeda operative Adnan Shukrijuma killed in Pakistan military raid
The militants had set up joint task team for carrying out terror attacks in the country and they had been involved in some major terror attacks in the past like the Mehran airbase Karachi, Jinnah airport in Karachi, PAF base in Kamra and several others, Bajwa said.
“The first few militants were arrested a few months ago and it led to more arrests,” he said.
- Soon You Could Get Plastic Currency Notes: Find Out More
- Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor Starrer Befikre Gets A Thumbs Up
- Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Response Over Various Issues Regarding Demonetisation
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Writes To West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
- Bigg Boss 10 December 8 Review: Swami Om Feels Cheated, lashes Out At Gaurav For Jail Punishment
- South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Impeached Over Corruption Scandal
- Former Air Chief SP Tyagi Arrested In VVIP Chopper Scam
- After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya’s Twitter Account Hacked
- Find Out What PM Narendra Modi Told Cabinet Over Demonetisation Decision
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh Assures Safety Of All Tourists Stranded On Havelock Island
- Government To Waive Service Tax On Debit, Credit Card Transactions Of Up To Rs 2,000
- President Pranab Mukherjee Criticises Parliament Disruptions Over Demonetisation
- Pakistan International Airlines Flight Carrying Over 40 Passenger On Board Crashes
- Shah Rukh Khan On Raees Clash With Kaabil: It’s Impossible To Have A Solo Release In India
- US-President Elect Donald Trump Named TIME’s Person Of The Year 2016
The arrested militants were also planning to break Hyderabad jail near here, a plan Bajwa described as “nearly executed”, to release top al-Qaeda leader Umer Sheikh, sentenced to death for killing The Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Umer Sheikh, who was released by India in 1999 and given safe passage to Afghanistan in exchange for the nearly 150 passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814, allegedly also played a crucial role in the September 2001 attacks in the US.
The perpetrators also had a list of 35 prisoners they wanted to kill, he said.
Bajwa said Karachi operation launched in September 2013 had achieved major success as over 12,000 suspects were arrested in over 7,000 raids, leading to dramatic decrease in crimes of killings, kidnapping and extortions.
He, however, stressed that more work needed to be done to completely rid the metropolis of violence and terrorism.
“The Karachi operation will continue till complete peace is achieved in the city,” he said.