Karachi Central Jail inmates involved in the attack on SHC judge


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

“Rangers believe the attack on Justice Baqar’s convoy 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.

Nine people were killed in the bomb attack on the convoy of the senior high court judge on Wednesday. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming Justice Baqar, a member of the Shia community, was targeted due to his “anti-Taliban and anti-Mujahideen decisions”.

The jurist had served as the administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts in Karachi and initially heard terrorism cases in this capacity.

The judge was also believed to be on Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s hit list while a suspect arrested in Karachi last year told police that Maqbool Baqar was among his intended targets.

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 on 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.



  1. So, the US state of Texas executed its 500th convict since resuming capital punishment in 1982, which works out to sixteen executions a year. And here we are, riddled with all sorts of crimes, including murders, but we do not execute murderers because some one, protected by several layers of security every minute of the day and night considers that it would be impolite to take lives, and that by not executing murderers, we will be considered 'civilized' by the western states who make a hell of noise over the execution of a criminal but do not mind causing the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, in pursuit of their imperial goals.

    And while these convicted murderers are held in jails, they continue their criminal activities from inside the prisons through the use of mobile phones and other gadgets which are often found during surprise search of lthe prisons. We just learnt that during their search operation at the Karachi central jail, the Rangers force found a cellular device which they believe was used directly in the attack on Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar.

    If we have to protect people, we should rather protect judges, law enforcers and innocent people and not the convicted murderers. The convicted murderers must be executed to demonstrate clearly that criminals will have to face consequences and to ensure that they are not left hanging around, enabling them to operate their gangs and organize yet more killings from inside the prisons. Also, the trial procedures must be shortened and made effective by modifying the law of evidence and by making other suitable amendments, so as to ensure that criminals do not escape punishment merely on technical grounds.


  2. thats show how corrupt jail administration is They all should be hanged along with LJ..

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