Taliban to haunt Karachi again?

KARACHI: A suicide bomb blast has killed arguably Pakistan’s toughest police officer and Taliban’s worst enemy, Superintendent of Police (SP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chadhry Aslam, along with four other policemen. Chaudhry Aslam was famous for his ferocious approach against the Taliban militants in Karachi and withstood 9 assassinations attempts apart from today’s, which claimed his life, giving a massive blow to the Karachi police which is already struggling against the ever spiraling TTP.

According to a senior police official, a suicide member rammed his vehicle into Aslam’s convoy when it was en-route on Lyari expressway near Essa Nagri. “Chadhry Aslam used to travel by changing his routes but today’s route was confirmed, and it seems terrorist did a thorough recce,” said CID anti-extremism cell In-charge Raja Umar Khattab.

Interestingly, the attack took place just hours after Chaudhry Aslam raided a stronghold of TTP in Manghoo Peer area where his team claimed to kill three TTP militants. Taliban didn’t delay the revenge this time apparently.

Over the years, Chaudhry Aslam proved his fearlessness in tackling the militants and gave a very tough time to Tehreek-e-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants in Karachi. A suicide attack took place outside his house in Karachi in September, 2011 after which he vowed to never “bow down” in front of terrorists and said that he will “pursue the terrorists to grave”.

Meanwhile, Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan Mehmand Agency claimed the attack, labelling it as a revenge of killing “mujahideen brothers” who, according to TTP, were killed by Chaudhry Aslam in prisons during torture. A very active Facebook account of former TTP spokesperson, Sajjad Momand wrote and claimed the responsibility immediately after the attack.

TTP status Taliban to haunt Karachi again?

“If they don’t stop their unlawful activities, we inform them that their future well be worse than Choudrey,” said Sajjad who is also known as Ehsanullah Ehsan.

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