ISLAMABAD: A joint interrogation team set up by the federal and Sindh governments to interrogate the accused arrested on the charge of being involved in targeted killings in Karachi,the financial capital of Pakistan,has finalized the list of 26 hardcore “killers” involved in ethnic and sectarian killings during last one year in the metropolis.
The team comprising representatives of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Special Branch, and the Crime Investigation Unit (UNIT), unanimously finalized the list and sent it to the federal and provincial governments a couple of months ago.
It merits mentioning that this is the list that has often been mentioned by the Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza , however he never revealed the names of the detained target killers and their affiliations.
The names of the detained target killers and their affiliations are as follows, Habib-ur-Rehman s/of Majeed-ur-Rehman (MQM), Murad Akhtar Siddiqui s/of Minhajuddin Siddiqui (MQM), Jamal Abdul Nasir (MQM), Waseem Ahmad alias Barudi s/of Samiullah (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi), Mohammad Abdullah alias Taimor s/of M.Riaz Shahid (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi), Tahir Ali alias Topchi (MQM), Imran alias Irfan Lamba s/of Mehboob Ali (MQM), Shariq Nafees alias Sherri s/of Mohammad Nafees Shaikh (MQM), Atif Rasheed alias Gohar s/of Abdul Rasheed (MQM), Imran alias Akoo s/of Habibullah (MQM), Anas Bin Haroon s/of Haroon Rasheed (MQM), Syed Abu Irfan alias Urfi s/of Syed Abu Asad (MQM), Mohammad Ishtiaq alias Salman alias police wala (MQM-A), Mohammad Yaseen s/of Abdul Haq (MQM), Rizwan Mahmood alias Khalid chamber s/of Mehmood Khan (MQM), Maqbool Hussein alias Maqboola s/of Ali Hassan (MQM-Haqiqi), Hafiz Ikhlaq s/of Pervez Akhtar (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi), Asif Rasheed alias Dumba s/of Haroon Rasheed (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi), Nasir Qadri s/of Abdul Qadeer (SSP), Mohammad Shoaib s/of Mohammad Ali (SSP), Mashwar Nawaz alias Mashwari s/of Anwar Khan (ANP), Syed Ali Mehdi alias Suleman s/of Syed Jaffer Ali (Sipah-e-Mohammad), Azhar Ali alias Uncle alias Babu s/of Abdul Rehman (MQM-Haqiqi), Abdul Aziz Ansari s/of Abdul Naseer Ansari (MQM-Haqiqi).
According to the team, these target killers, who were either arrested red handed or on tip-offs, have confessed to killing their rivals in different parts of Karachi.
Majority of the target killers who were apprehended and investigated by the Joint Interrogation team belong to MQM-A. They have confessed of getting orders from there high ups.
It has also been accepted by the culprits that most of the killings were due to petty issues such as refusal to pay for party fund or having any kind of links with their rivals.
“They are in the custody of law enforcing agencies, however when they would be presented before the media and tried in the courts, that is up to the government”, a member the team said.
“ Until and unless there is the policy of reconciliation, I don’t think that the killers would be tried or presented before media”, he maintained.
Political circles often blame the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) government for not taking the culprits involved in target killings that have engulfed over 1000 lives during last couple of years, just to save its fragile rule in center and Sindh.
Many other target killers have reportedly been released by the law enforcing agencies in the recent past due to political pressures.