ISLAMABAD: Punjab Piloce has arrested a suspected taliban around the house of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Acting on a tip-off, police yesterday raided a house at Raiwind, where Sharif’s sprawling residence is located, and arrested the terror suspect. He was identified as Sajid Mushtaq. Officials said weapons, grenades and scores of bullets were found in his possession.
“Mushtaq is a member of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and was tasked to commit terror activities in Lahore,” an official said.
The alleged terrorist was moved to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
This has happened after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif given nod to hold air strikes against the Taliban militants and bust their hide-out while military leadership started pounding the hide outs of militants.
So far in the air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force jets bombed militant hideouts on wee hours of Thursday in which at least 35 militants including three foreign and local militant commanders were killed, sources said. The decision to start bombardment on hide-outs was taken after three consecutive days of meetings between the government and military leadership. Though, the government is in favor to continue the dialogue process and the committee has been directed to make contact with Taliban after they stop their terror activities.
At least 172 people including personnel of police and army were martyred in 19 days during dialogues with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
After getting approval from top leadership, Pakistani jets bombed militants’ hideouts in a northwestern tribal and killed at least 35 militants. Jets pounded militant hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency as part of surgical strikes which they said should not be taken as military operation.
The officials have confirmed the killing of 35 militants including foreigners, in these air strikes saying the strikes were focused on the town of Mir Ali and surrounding areas. They said the first strike killed commander Abdul Sattar when his compound was bombed followed by the series of strikes on Uzbek, Turkmen, Tajik and Taliban hideouts.
The compounds of TTP commander Jihadyar and Abdul Razzak were also destroyed when PAF jets bombarded and killed 15 militants.
The officials were of the view that person who was mastermind of February 13, attack on a police bus in Karachi.
Pakistani jets conducted six strikes on suspected militant hideouts in the tribal areas as part of surgical strikes which they said should not be taken as military operation.
On Wednesday, TTP said they were ready to observe a ceasefire to allow the resumption of peace talks, provided Pakistani security forces stopped killing and arresting them.
Peace talks between the Taliban and the government, announced on January 29, stalled this week due to a recent surge in insurgent attacks and a claim by a Taliban faction on Sunday that it had killed 23 kidnapped soldiers.