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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