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Former leader of TTP in Chilas arrested - File Photo
Former leader of TTP in Chilas arrested - File Photo

SKARDU: The suspected mastermind of the Nanga Parbat attack that killed nine foreign mountaineers and their guide in the Himalayas was arrested from Chilas on Thursday.

Qareebullah alias Hasan, a former leader of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Chilas, was arrested by Diamer Police along with his henchman Mohammad Nabi alias Qari Hasnain, DawnNews reported.

The men were arrested from Thak, which lies in the suburbs of Chilas. Both were accused of killing high ranking police and army officials.

The suspects were accused of killing SSP Diamer Mohammad Hilal, Colonel Ghulam Mohammad Mustafa and Captain Ashfaq Aziz in August when they attacked their security convoy in the Chilas area.

Moreover, three officers were also severely wounded in the same attack.

The two militants were also involved in killing nine tourists and their guide in the Himalayas of the Nanga Parbat area, alongside carrying out terrorist activities in Lalusar and surrounding areas.

The overnight raid which killed five Ukrainians, three Chinese and a Russian was one of the worst attacks on foreigners in Pakistan in a decade.

The incident, which resulted in the government taking steps to increase security in the area for tourists, was the cause of international uproar and much grief for the country.

Meanwhile, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Secretary Younus Dhaga immediately informed the federal government about the groundbreaking arrests.

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Ahmed Sep 05, 2013 02:26pm

They should have been executed right away. Anyone found even remotely assisting the murderers should be dealt with iron hand.

zak Sep 05, 2013 02:31pm

Do Pakistan a big favor and hang these terrorist, anti Pakistan traitors and kafirs.These murderers are worthless as human being. They are looking for importance and self worth by killing without knowing why. Because if they knew Islam and read the Quran, they would never kill innocent , unrelated, tourist without even a cause.

Anees Sep 05, 2013 02:51pm

Both names are typical Afghan names. I can assure you.

M. Ahmed Sep 05, 2013 02:54pm

These terrorists should be publicly executed and their bodies should be dumped in some remote area in unmakred graves.

abdlsultan Sep 05, 2013 04:20pm

Which rilegion these terrorist follow?

The Spirit of Pakistan Sep 05, 2013 04:22pm

Congratulations. This goes to say that if the government or the agency responsible to track criminals take it on them, then they can manage to nab all criminals. This should be a morale booster for other police agencies tracking terrorists and criminals in other parts of the country. Let none be spared.

The biggest tragedy of the recent times, especially the last five years, has been the development of a thinking in the minds of criminals and terrorists that they have impunity and that some interest group will be able to rescue them in the end. Let there be an end to this practice,.

KH Sep 05, 2013 04:28pm

One can now wonder if they will meet the same fate as met by the other 5000+ terrorists captured by police and army but eventually set free by our radicalized judges for lack of evidence in their learned opinion!! Or they may be liberated by their brethren in beliefs via jail breakout!

Waseem Sep 05, 2013 04:37pm

Excellent forces! well done and keep it up........let us see the judiciary delivering quick and examplary justice....or they will not get death penalty as Nawaz Sharif could not stand the threats of TTP................................................The question how Extra Judicial Killings were born???

Azhar Hussain Sep 05, 2013 04:42pm

If that is the case, don't ever let them see the day light ever again.

Goga Nalaik Sep 05, 2013 05:36pm

I've never understood why the faces of these terrorists are not shown clearly to the public. The principal of 'innocent until proven guilty' stands for ordinarily cases like theft, murder etc. But those who accept publically to have committed such heinous crimes should be shown with uncovered faces and the principal of

Nadeem (US) Sep 05, 2013 06:01pm

Speedy trial PLEASE. Finish the trial with in a week and hang them before their followers rescue them and kill more people during rescue operation.

Asif A. Shah Sep 05, 2013 07:34pm

Thank God! Some culprits in Pakistan do get arrested.

Imran Sep 05, 2013 08:17pm

Now watch this......... How these captured TTP criminals will be freed in the next few weeks. either by a cowardly judge or the incompetent prison system.

Asghar Sep 05, 2013 10:53pm

May I beg the Judiciary to play their part and give examplary punishments to these culprits. Please show courage and strength.

syed imtiaz ahmed Sep 05, 2013 11:08pm

i pray to the GOD that this news may be real because we used to hear such news but the incidents happen regularly,,,

Khan Sep 06, 2013 01:15am

Nanga Prabat incident was purely disgusting of the worst incidents in history of pak if you ask me....

zaffar Sep 06, 2013 01:35am

Hang them.

ayesha Sep 07, 2013 08:17pm

@zaffar: your right

critique Sep 07, 2013 11:37pm

If these guys were performing outside the Borders of Pakistan, whole nation would have called them Freedom Fighters and not Terrorists.