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KARACHI: Pakistani police on Wednesday said they had arrested a key leader of banned religious outfit the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been linked to several incidents of sectarian violence in the country.

Hafiz Qasim Rasheed, the ‘Amir’, or chief, of the militant group LeJ’s Sindh chapter was arrested from Karachi on Wednesday with a cache of guns and grenades recovered from him, police said.

Additional IG CID  Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh told DawnNews that Rasheed was wanted for his suspected involvement in 33 cases of targeted and sectarian killings,including those of lawyers, police officers and political workers.

In 2001, the provincial government of Sindh had placed a bounty of Rs 500,000 on the suspect, while his name was also on the list of most wanted criminals.

Qasim Rasheed alias Ganja, was arrested after the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the police received an anonymous tip-off. Hand grenades, pistols and Kalashnikovs were recovered from the suspect.

The suspect has been arrested by the police in the past more than once, including an arrest in 2005 for his involvement in a failed attempt at a rocket attack on Karachi’s Civil Lines police station. During interrogation following his 2005 arrest, police said the suspect had also disclosed his plans to target SP CID Fayyaz Khan.

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October 17, 2012 7:43 pm
Retain him at police station, if he appears before court he will be set free.
October 17, 2012 6:05 pm
Why capture? If he has done even 5% of that, just spare us the horror of seeing him go free through courts. finish him right where you got him.
October 17, 2012 5:39 pm
The question is will he be punished or not?
October 17, 2012 5:36 pm
fully agree... no punishment is one of the major reason of rise in crimes in Pakistan. and the credit goes to CJ. all good work of law enforcement agencies go in vain when courts release those dangerous criminals, who then return to their job.
October 17, 2012 5:27 pm
No use. our judiciary system is so weak that a criminal never gets punishment. And if we have such a biased chief justice, one can't expect punishment to criminals.
Anwer Khan
October 17, 2012 3:16 pm
In this dysfunctional state the police, like its politicians, are corrupt and clue less. All these terrorist will eventually go free and will be on rampage again, killing innocent in the name of religion. We as a country are imploding but our politicians couldn't be bothered. It seems if Allaha has forsaken the country. Enver
Cyrus Howell
October 17, 2012 3:06 pm
I have the feeling that the police knew all along where these people were. When authorized they seem able to arrest them quickly.
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