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Main facilitator of BKU attack arrested

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Police officers clear the way for an ambulance to arrive at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda the day of the attack. ─ AP/File
Police officers clear the way for an ambulance to arrive at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda the day of the attack. ─ AP/File

PESHAWAR: In a major breakthrough, intelligence agencies have claimed to have arrested the main facilitator of the attack on the Bacha Khan University that left about 20 people dead and several others wounded, credible sources said.

According to them, Waheed Ali alias Arshad, categorised as “Terrorist A”, was arrested in Nowshera last week.

“He had made arrangements to flee to Afghanistan and hired a taxi to take him to the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham. Had there been any further delay, the man would have slipped away,” the sources said.

“He had shaved his beard and had packed up. His taxi was intercepted and he was picked up after positive identification,” said the sources, requesting they not be identified.

In his initial statement, according to the sources, the alleged facilitator who is in his early 30s said the planning of the attack on the university had been in works for six months in Achin district of Afghanistan, the base of the militant commander Khalifa Omar Mansoor alias Omar Naray.

He said he had surreptitiously made videos of the Punjab Regiment Centre and a police station in Mardan as possible targets and taken the footages in a memory chip to Omar Naray, but the plans had been dropped because of heavy security in the two places.

The mastermind and planners, Waheed said, later opted for Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan and prepared a group of four militants to carry out the attack. He said that he was the one who had made the video of the four attackers with Khalifa Mansoor and that was the reason why the Abdul Wali Khan University was mentioned in the video.

He said Khalifa Mansoor had provided him Rs1 million to execute the plan and procure arms and ammunition for the attack. The plan to attack the Abdul Wali Khan University was also cancelled because of better security arrangements and the mastermind was informed about the new target in Charsadda.

According to the sources, the suspect said he had brought with him two attackers while the other two were already with another facilitator, Riaz, in Charsadda. He identified the four attackers, including an Afridi, one from Orakzai, one from Swat and one from South Waziristan.

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Waheed met Baitullah Mehsud in 2008 and has since been associated with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. He had fled to Karachi where he was involved in extortion. He did his matriculation from Karachi and had lived there in the past as well. He is fluent in Urdu.

According to the sources, Waheed returned to his native town of Amankot in Nowshera about nine months ago and established contacts with Khalifa Mansoor. He had been to Afghanistan a few times to coordinate attacks. The alleged facilitator also provided the names of people from whom he had procured arms and ammunition.

With the arrest of the main facilitator, security agencies had completed the ring of all facilitators of the Charsadda attack. Five other suspects identified as facilitators in the attack are already in the custody of security agencies.

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Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2016

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saad Feb 03, 2016 07:15am

good job

Shahbaz Feb 03, 2016 07:36am

good job by intelligence agencies

M Jamal Feb 03, 2016 07:44am

Please address the root cause I. E corruption in the society leading to poverty,unemployment and criminality.

Zaakir Feb 03, 2016 07:47am

Supposed to be coordinated and facilitated from afghanistan??

Guldar Ali Khan Wazir Feb 03, 2016 07:59am

Really a major break through if the information shared with media is authentic.

khan Feb 03, 2016 08:02am

Well done

Casper Feb 03, 2016 08:06am

good work!!

Zulfiqar Feb 03, 2016 08:20am

Good breakthrough but security agencies haven't completed the ring of all attackers. As the main leadership is sitting in Afganishtan. These arrests are a great achievement but we must realize that these are expendable men to ttp. Until and unless and we after the big leaders these small fries won't cause a big dent in ttp.

Hashim Feb 03, 2016 08:29am

Good news!!

Mian Amir Hakim Feb 03, 2016 08:41am

A very good and great action by the intelligence agencies. If such pace continues, slowly but ultimately we will rid ourselves of such criminals.

Hamza Feb 03, 2016 08:49am

We trust what's mentioned. But we don't want any such tragedy ever again

flying star Feb 03, 2016 09:09am

please seal the border no control this is the big problem

Arif Feb 03, 2016 09:18am

He's the front face, and who's orchestrating such horrible crimes against Pakistan??? India !! That's the fact. Say it! The horrible proxy war between the two countries is administered from Afghanistan

Muhammad Farooq Feb 03, 2016 09:26am

great!

musaji Feb 03, 2016 09:32am

The main question to ask is where is the funding coming from?

Lalai Feb 03, 2016 09:33am

Excellent job, just a couple of weeks late. Would have made a hell of a difference otherwise.

Sheryar Junaid Feb 03, 2016 09:33am

This open Afghan border is more dangerous than the Indian border

Hope. Feb 03, 2016 09:37am

Its time to get the real terrorists the facilitators and supporters in Afghanistan and FATA. Hang them and set an example out of them.

M M AMIN ( Old Ravian ) Feb 03, 2016 10:00am

Congrats . Now the speed of investigation and prosecution is needed.

Truth Feb 03, 2016 10:03am

Militant mindset has to be changed. Otherwise such attacks are likely to continue. Federal Govt has miserably failed to take effective measures for this purpose. These include curriculum reforms for schools as well as madressahs and stoppage of terror financing. What counter narrative has been given by the Govt? Only with military actions you cannot eliminate terrorism.

umar Feb 03, 2016 10:12am

Well done

Imran latif Feb 03, 2016 10:24am

Well done.

ZAIDI, Iqbal Hadi Feb 03, 2016 10:26am

Well done and police must be awarded for arresting the master mind who must tell us as to who helped him and provided local logistical support in Pakistan so that the whole gang faces the music. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidiexdiplomat@hitmail.com

Aa2544 Feb 03, 2016 10:27am

Please arrest these facilitators, who live among us, before the attack rather than the opposite.

Minhaj Haider Feb 03, 2016 11:25am

"The alleged facilitator also provided the names of people from whom he had procured arms and ammunition."

Any guesses??

enayat ullah Feb 03, 2016 11:27am

Hope this all will be done before attack in future.....

Salih Feb 03, 2016 11:57am

Thumb Up to all you guys in Security agencies, you are proud of Pakistan.

Javed Arshad Feb 03, 2016 12:21pm

Commendable job by the LEAs. The perpetrators in Afghanistan should also be brought to justice through dialogue with stake holders i.e. the Afghan Government and NATO. Hot pursuit is not advised in any way.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 03, 2016 12:38pm

So it is clear from the discloser by this main facilitator that they could not carry out plan to attack Abdul Wali Khan University because of better security arrangements, this is the key tip the government has to follow in all other places "better security arrangement"

wishy Feb 03, 2016 12:57pm

Is he Indian? was he given training by Indian agencies? did you found Indian currency with him? as you did in APS case?

wishy Feb 03, 2016 12:59pm

@Arif why India?

Ali Raza Feb 03, 2016 01:06pm

These people are the biggest source of destabilization of Karachi.

They should be registered and we must take US assistance in creating a database/DNA profile of these people, otherwise, humanity is doomed.

Muzammil Feb 03, 2016 01:31pm

From where Khalifa omar got 1 million. Definitely coming from some enemies. West propaganda that ISIS gets revenue from sale of oil may make sense but Taliban don't even have the Oil.

Taimoor Khan Feb 03, 2016 02:52pm

Great work. Now dispatch them. Message has been send from Pakistan today to the planners, facilitators and financiers of terrorist acts, that you might be able to conduct your evil acts, but we will get you sooner then later.

Taimoor Khan Feb 03, 2016 02:58pm

A rag tag so called Taliban "Umer Naray" give 1 million to this man to carry out this evil act. What is his business that he got so much money to hand over? Ofcourse there are foreign powers who are funding these mercenaries, as already admitted by one such individual from a neighboring country who happen to be the country's national security adviser.

Lone Ranger Feb 03, 2016 03:33pm

Where there is a will, there is a way. Hope the leads provided by the arrested men will go a long way to eradicate terrorism from our Land of Peace.

Iftikhar Husain Feb 03, 2016 05:39pm

Lately some good news are coming it shows the security forces are doing very good job they need congratulations. I am still confused as to why these young men go for killing innocent people it is not love for Islam. Their bosses are sitting in Afghnistan and olanning for the destruction of the innocent people and the country why?

Jawad Feb 03, 2016 06:17pm

Two things learned from this story. 1 TTP are professional killers. Take the money and kill. So, killing humans is a profession for TTP. But who pay them and get their services. Next step is to find it. 2 . There is no border between Pakistan and Afganistan. Build it.

Zak Feb 03, 2016 06:34pm

Well done, great credit to security agencies. Now it's in hands of Afghanistan to act.

Rajesh Feb 03, 2016 07:23pm

What about the criminals of the Patankot attack???? No evidence is it????

Abdul Karim Feb 03, 2016 08:04pm

Job well done. This is the proper way to deal with any crime. Now, it is the time to make the perpetrators pay for their involvement to set an example for others.

Hamaad Feb 03, 2016 08:04pm

Track the procurement of the I million Rupees. You will get to the main culprits.

Sad but true Feb 03, 2016 11:19pm

All caught are Muslim Pakistanis.

hamza khan Feb 04, 2016 12:06am

well done ISI.

Zak Feb 04, 2016 02:19am

They could not attack other army or police centres because security was strong, so they decided to go kill students where security was not strong. What satans ideology do they follow, because no muslim would ever kill children. These are dehumanized beasts being used by foreign enemies of pakistan. They need to be dealt with with ultimate punishment.

Zak Feb 04, 2016 02:20am

@M Jamal ..main cause indian occupation of kashmir. To deflect attention, indians use these terrorists to kill innocent civilians to divert focus from kashmir.

Arslan Feb 05, 2016 03:16pm

Now capture the people who provided/sold the weapons and ammunition to them.