ISLAMABAD, July 23: A senior member of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s ‘intelligence group’ was picked up by security agencies in an operation carried out in the suburbs of the federal capital, sources told Dawn on Saturday.
One of his associates was also seized.
Four senior security officers supervised the operation at around 3am in the Dhok Kashmirian village a few days ago in which nearly 50 commandos and dozens of other personnel took part.The security agencies spotted the senior TTP member — QZR –through mobile tracking system. He came to Islamabad with a wedding party comprising the natives of Parachinar and Kurram Agency who stayed at the village.
The village was cordoned off and commandos and other personnel took positions on rooftops. Different houses, including the house of QZR, were searched. Some villagers were interrogated, but a child disclosed the location of QZR.
Then the security agencies raided the place where QZR and his aide – OH – were found asleep. Both were taken away.
The sources said that all the details carried out by the senior security officers about the senior TTP member were matched with QZR.
The sources said that QZR was one of the main members of TTP’s ‘intelligence group’ which was setting up a network in the capital and adjoining cities. He had direct links with the commanders of TTP and another group operating under it, they added.
QZR, who was a motor mechanic by profession, had left for the tribal areas to join TTP, the sources said.