JuD man arrested for planting explosives in police office

A man linked to the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah has been arrested for allegedly trying to plant an explosive device in a police office in the Pakistani capital.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 16:04 PM IST

Islamabad: A man linked to the outlawed
Jamaat-ud-Dawah has been arrested for allegedly trying to
plant an explosive device in a police office in the Pakistani
capital, officials said on Tuesday.

Special Superintendent of Police Alam Khan told the
media that the man, identified as Mohammad Rafique from the
restive Orakzai tribal region, had gone to the office of the
Crime Investigation Agency and told the guard he wanted to
deliver a parcel to a DSP.

When the guard asked Rafique to wait so that he could
inform the officer about the parcel, he fled after leaving
behind the bag.

Police captured Rafique after a brief chase.
Policemen who searched the parcel found that it
contained two large books with over 2,000 pages that had been
cut out to plant explosives.

Bomb disposal squad personnel were called in to defuse
the device.

A senior officer said Rafique was associated with the
JuD and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in the past.

His son Mohammad Hanif was a suicide bomber who blew
himself up at the gate of the Pakistan Navy complex in
Islamabad in December last year, killing two persons and
injuring 10 more.

Rafique, who holds a BSc degree, was wanted for
several terrorist acts and seven kidnappings for ransom.
Two of the persons abducted in these incidents had
been killed, the senior officer said.

He allegedly masterminded the suicide attack on the
Pakistan Navy complex and played a role in the suicide bombing
of the office of the World Food Programme in Islamabad,
officials said.

Frontier Constabulary personnel Noor Jahan, arrested
in connection with the attack on the UN food agency`s office,
had spoken of Rafique`s involvement in the two attacks, they
said.

Deputy Inspector General Bin Yamin claimed Rafique was
also a member of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan`s
Majlis-i-Shura in Orakzai Agency.

He was a teacher but joined the outlawed organisation
after the Taliban destroyed the school where he worked.
Rafique also worked as a `katib` or writer at an
Islamic court set up by the Taliban in Orakzai Agency, Bin
Yamin said.

PTI