Attack on SHC judge planned from Karachi Central Jail

KARACHI: A heavy contingent of Rangers carried out a major search operation at the Karachi Central Jail on Saturday, three days after a deadly attack on a senior judge in the city.


Prison officials told media that a large number of cellular phones, laptops and internet devices were recovered from prison cells during the operation by paramilitary force.

“Rangers believe the attack was carried out from inside the prison cells with the help of mobile devices,” said a senior prison official, requesting not to be named since he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The Rangers force also found a cellular device which they believe was used directly in the attack on Sindh High Court Judge, Justice Maqbool Baqar.

The search was carried out on a tipoff by an inmate at the central prison.

Following the search operation, security officials also questioned a member of outlawed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, named as Farhan, who is said to be a key suspect in the attack on Justice Maqbool Baqar.

In January last year, two members of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi were arrested by a team led by SP Crime Investigation Department (CID) Mazhar Mashwani.

Both men, Azeem Sheikh and Farhan, had confessed to having planned an attack on Justice Baqar.

They also confessed planning attacks on senior CID official, SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan, and Superintendent Police North Nazimabad, Khurram Warris.

Azeem Sheikh was released on June 20 on bail this year. Justice Baqar was attacked Karachi’s Burnes Road area on June 26, a few days after his release.

Rangers also grilled two other key members of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Mohammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori and Atta Mohammad.

Several contact numbers of key suspects involved in carrying out the attack on the SHC judge were also found in the mobile phones.

Deputy Superintendent of Central Jail, Nazeer Shah, however, called the operation on Saturday “a routine search.”

Prison officials, however, confirmed that over 200 Rangers personnel conducted a thorough search of the prison barracks.

The local police was kept only as backup force in the operation, said one official.

According to the official, a number of mobile phones and drugs were also recovered from prisoners at the Central Jail during a routine search by prison administration two weeks earlier. DAWN

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