Starting his career as a sub-inspector (ASI) in 1984, Muhammad Aslam Khan, who is commonly known as Chaudhry Aslam, is now serving as the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) of the Central Investigation Department (CID). He has served as a station house officer (SHO) at a number of police stations in the metropolis.
He originally hails from Hazara, but Chaudhry was added in front of his name due to his role in the Karachi operation. In 2010, Khan was appointed as a head of the Investigation Wing of the CID. Earlier, he was heading the Lyari Task Force (LTF) to uproot gangsters from Lyari.
During his service, he has been blamed for staging several fake encounters and has been called by his critics an “encounter specialist”. Once he was also suspended for allegedly killing a person in a fake encounter. However, in a previous interview with The News, he had strongly denied the allegations.
“I have never staged fake encounters in my career, nor have I been involved in extra-judicial killings. All encounters that I have been involved in have been in self-defence,” he said during the interview in August, 2009. “I have no idea why people in Lyari call me ‘Chaudhary Aslam’ or ‘Encounter Specialist’ even though most of the criminals I have arrested are alive and in prison.”
The suicide bombing of his residence was the third attack on Khan during his service. A couple of years ago, he was targeted near Punjab Chowarngi in Clifton. Four people, including an ASI, were gunned down by unidentified culprits in this attack.
During his tenure as the head of the LTF, he was targeted again. Khan was leading a police party searching for notorious gangster Rehman Dakait when armed men opened fire on the police. At least two constables died on the spot, while Khan remained unharmed.
Khan conducted raids against banned outfits, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvl (LJ) and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lyari’s warlord Rehman Dakait and other criminals operating in the city.
TTP Ameer Qari Saeed Anwar was arrested during one of the raids conducted by the police under SSP Khan’s supervision. The police also arrested Saeed’s deputy, a man named Akhtar Zaman in the same raid.
The TTP leaders had arrived in Karachi to avenge the death of Baitullah Mehsud and were planning to attack the Karachi Oil Terminal. The police had recovered seven suicide jackets, weighing around 28 kilograme each, and also seized heavy quantity of T&T blocks and 250 detonators.
Waseem Baroodi, a key member of the LJ, was also arrested by Khan. Baroodi was said to be a mastermind of sectarian violence in the city.