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KARACHI: Taliban office sealed, 20 held

November 26, 2001


KARACHI, Nov 25: The law-enforcement agencies raided a Taliban representative office in Soldier Bazaar early Sunday morning, arrested some 20 people and sealed the office.

Well-placed sources said the law-enforcement agencies of the federal government reached bungalow No 28, on Mirza Qaleech Beg Road, in Soldier Bazaar, in almost ten vehicles and surrounded the building.

They took all of the people inside the building into custody, besides seizing relief goods, documents and aid money.

Those taken into custody included Taliban representative Maulvi Abdur Rehman Haleem, his seven-year-old son Roohullah, Maulvi Fazal Mohammad, Maulvi Naseer, Maulvi Khalil, three local doctors and others.

All of the arrested persons were taken away to some unknown destination.

The sources said those arrested also included some injured men, who had suffered injuries during the US bombing on Afghanistan. Three local doctors were providing treatment to the injured persons, the sources disclosed.

“We have not raided the place nor sealed the office. We have been asked to provide security at the sealed bungalow by one of the senstive agencies and we have deputed police guards outside the building,” said a senior police officer.

There were reports that Taliban representative offices were also functioning in other areas including Pirabad, Gulshan-i- Iqbal, Gulzar-i-Hijri, etc. If any Taliban office is found, it would also be sealed, the sources added.