Doctor, engineer masterminded May attack on ISI HQ

Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 14:11

Lahore: A doctor and a chemical engineer,
both from Pakistan`s heartland Punjab, have been found to be
the masterminds of a deadly attack on spy agency ISI`s
provincial headquarters here last year.

While the engineer, named Asif, from Lahore`s prestigious
University of Engineering and Technology has been nabbed, the
doctor identified as Maaz is still absconding and is believed
to be harbouring with Tehrik-e-Taliban militants in South
Waziristan, according to a senior Crime Investigation
Department officer.
"A doctor named Maaz who passed out from the Faisalabad
Medical College a few years ago and Muhammad Asif, a chemical
engineer from the University of Engineering and Technology in
Lahore, masterminded the attack on the ISI building," the
officer, who probed the attack, told PTI.

Asif is now in custody while Maaz is absconding and has
"probably managed to escape to South Waziristan," he said.
The officer said Asif was also involved in the March 2008
attack on the Federal Investigation Agency office in Lahore
that killed 28 people.

Thirty-five people, seven of them ISI officials, were
killed when four militants stormed the spy agency`s provincial
headquarters and detonated an explosives-laden van outside the
building on May 27 last year.

"Asif had prepared the van and the four militants came
from South Waziristan for a suicide mission," the officer
said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 14:11

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