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KARACHI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested three suspected militants involved in targeted killings and other crimes.

The CTD conducted an action in Quaid-i-Azam Colony of Gulshan-i-Iqbal and apprehended Naeem Khan, alias Bajauri, and seized weapons from him.

“He was involved in targeted killing of policemen,” said a CTD official. He had killed two policemen, Zahir Shah and Maqsood Masih, in the Mobina Town area of Gulshan-i-Iqbal.

He was linked with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Previously, he was associated with the Awami National Party. He had remained president of the ANP in Quaid-i-Azam Colony and was involved in violent clashes with MQM supporters in which “several people were killed and injured”, said CTD official Chaudhry Ghulam Safdar.

When the TTP was at its peak in Karachi, the banned outfit threatened the ANP and got all its offices closed, following which the held suspect with other ANP members joined the TTP.

Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2019