The Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Monday revealed that Afghanistan-based Taliban have returned to Karachi to raise funds for the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In a wake-up call to Sindh police inspector general (IG) and Sindh Rangers director general (DG), the IB said that two teams of a TTP faction were moved to Karachi to initiate extortion, and kidnapping for ransom activities to generate funds from the financial hub.
Earlier, Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali and Rangers DG Major General Bilal Akbar in separate statements claimed that law enforcers have blocked financial support to the terrorists by bringing incidents of extortion and kidnapping for ransom to zero after the two-year operation in the port city.
As per details, the security agency, making sensational revelations, has claimed that the militants, who left the city after the start of the Karachi operation, have regrouped in the metropolis. The security agency has further claimed that Afghanistan-based Taliban have formed two teams to restart fund generation for the cash-strapped banned militant outfit.
Giving further details, IB maintained that the teams, led by Salman alias Yasir and Jawaid Hashmi, would reach Karachi shortly to assume charge of their business.
Karachi Tajir Ittehad (KTI) Chief Ateeq Mir has claimed that traders have started receiving calls trying to extort money, from Afghanistan-based landline numbers. “The traders of various markets have complained that they were receiving calls for extortion money,” Mir reiterated.
“Following the row between the provincial and the federal government over the extension of special powers to paramilitary Rangers, the militants have come back to business again,” Mir observed.
“The traders and transporters have decided to paralyse Karachi for an indefinite time in the coming days, until the Sindh government restores the special powers allotted to Rangers,” he warned.
The IB also informed that the TTP core committee tasked team leaders Salman and Jawaid to target anti-terror cops. The security agency revealed that they were tasked to kill SSP Rao Anwar, Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) In charge Ali Raza and two other officials of CTD Tariq Islam and Raja Khalid.
Talking to Pakistan Today, SSP Rao Anwar said that he has come to know from his higher-ups that the IB has issued a warning of terror attacks.
“I have been asked to be extra-vigilant amidst fresh threats to my life,” the anti-terror cop maintained, adding that, “I have also been informed that the militants have planned to attack my office.”
The SSP said that he was attacked by militants in the past but he luckily escaped. “I am receiving threats from militants, but I will continue to play my role to end militancy from Pakistan, particularly from Karachi,” the SSP vowed.