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‘Mastermind’ of suicide attack on Chinese institute in Karachi arrested: police

Suspect is Karachi commander of BLA and BLF, say police

By Web Desk
July 05, 2022
Confucius Institute inside Karachi University. -AFP/file
Confucius Institute inside Karachi University. -AFP/file

KARACHI: Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the “mastermind” and “facilitator” of a suicide attack outside the Confucious Institute at the Karachi University in which three Chinese nationals were killed.

The police produced the suspect Dad Buksh before an anti-terror court, seeking physical remand which was duly granted till July 16.

According to police, the suspect is the commander of banned outfits Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) in Katachi and planned the attack on Chinese teachers inside the Karachi University on April 26.

The police said that he used to facilitate the attacks on Chinese nationals in Karachi and was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department a day prior in a raid in the city.

The arrested suspect is being considered an important arrest as the security agencies believe that his arrest will break the organisation's network.

The suspect is allegedly involved in the April 26 suicide bombing at the University of Karachi. The suicide bombing was carried out by a female suicide bomber who was later identified as Shari Baloch.

Three Chinese tutors and a Pakistani driver had lost their lives and three others including a Chinese tutor and a Rangers personnel were also wounded in the attack.

The attack resulted in the suspension of the Chinese language centre at the KU. The Pakistani authorities have worked hard to nab the culprits involved in the attack.

‘Foreign hand behind attack’

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has hailed the performance of law enforcement agencies for arresting the “mastermind” and “facilitator” of the suicide attack on the Chinese tutors at the Karachi University.

He maintained that banned BLF sleeper cell commander Dad Buksh alias Shoab alias Jahanzaib alias Mirza was taken into custody during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) on Mauripur Road in Karachi on July 4 by the CTD.

During the initial investigation, Memon said the arrested suspect confessed that he was involved in conducting a recce of KU and sensitive installations. He said that Dad Buksh is an expert at making IEDs.

The suspect told the officials that Zaib was the mastermind of the KU suicide attack, adding that he entered Pakistan from a neighbouring country. He said that two banned organizations were involved in the attack.

“The militants carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan with the help of foreign states to stop investment in the country,” he added.

The minister said that the terrorists wanted to create instability in Pakistan.

Responding to a question, the minister said that the investigation is in the initial stages, hence he did not want to reveal the name of the country from where he reached Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Karachi Administrator Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that four characters were involved in the KU suicide blast, adding that they have been identified.

On his part, Colonel Nasruminallah said that the woman suicide bomber might have been given drugs ahead of the attack. A team of psychologists also watched the videos, he said, adding that it seemed by the body language of the woman that she was brainwashed.