Karachi police are conducting raids across the city to nab the suspected mastermind of the attack on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQMP) Khawaja Izharul Hassan on the first day of Eidul Azha, .
The suspected militant, who belongs to the newly-emerged outfit Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan (ASP), managed to flee a raid carried out by a police team led by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar Ahmed on Monday in the city’s Gulzar-i-Hijri area.
Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan (ASP), managed to flee a raid carried out by a police team led by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar Ahmed on Monday in the city’s Gulzar-i-Hijri area.
According to the SSP, the suspect was identified as Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui, a central commander of ASP and a dangerous militant. Siddiqui is said to be a close friend of another suspected militant, Hassan, who was killed during the assassination attempt on Izharul Hassan.
Earlier on Monday, police along with intelligence personnel raided various houses in Gulzar-i-Hijri area of Karachi in connection with the presence of suspected militants.
Hassan, who is also the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday when he was returning from Eid prayers.
One of the assailants was killed in the cross fire, along with one of Hassan’s guards and a teenager. Four other people were reported to be injured.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah visited the residence of Izharul Hassan on Monday to condole with him after the assassination attempt. Shah vowed to bring to book the perpetrators involved in the attack.