Top Swat Taliban commander arrested in Karachi

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 18:01

Islamabad: A top Taliban commander from
the restive Swat valley, allegedly involved in killing several
security personnel, has been arrested by police in the
southern Pakistani port city of Karachi.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan activist Ahmed Jan alias
`Ustaadji`, was arrested by the Crime Investigation Department
in Korangi area of Karachi yesterday. The arrest was made on
the basis of intelligence reports, police officials said.

"Investigations are in a very early phase but they
reveal that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan member hails from
Matta sub-division of Swat," SSP Fayyaz Khan said.

Jan has been associated with different militant
groups. Initially, he was a member of the banned
Jaish-e-Mohammed and then became associated with the outlawed
Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi before joining the local
Taliban, police said.

Jan was reportedly recruiting youths from Karachi and
training them for terrorist activities. "For such expertise,
he is called Ustaadji," Khan said.

Jan was associated with the group of Hassan Ali alias
Toor Mullah, who was killed while fighting security forces in
Sarbanda. He has also been linked to the killing of several
security personnel and attacks on schools and bridges in Swat.
A judicial magistrate today remanded Jan to police custody.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 18:01

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