Suspect linked to KU bombing detained, Sindh IGP tells Chinese delegation – Pakistan

KARACHI: While sharing details of investigations into the Karachi University suicide bombing with a visiting Chinese delegation, Sindh’s police chief revealed on Monday that a “significant suspect” had been arrested.

In April, a suicide bomber blew herself up outside the Confucius Institute at KU, killing three Chinese teachers and their local driver.

On Monday, a 13-member Chinese delegation, led by a Chinese counterterrorism official, called Sindh’s Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and discussed with him security measures for Chinese nationals working in Sindh. and progress of the investigation into the KU attack.

Members of the Chinese delegation included Chinese Consul General in Karachi Li Bijian, Chinese Embassy Police Counselor Li Qingchun, Cyber ​​Security Technical Expert Ma Jingchao, Shanghai Police Authority Expert Pei Lianxi and others.

Informing on the status of the case, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon said that technical and field sources were used for a thorough investigation of the case.

He added that with the efforts of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) intelligence team, a “significant defendant” had been arrested.

The delegation informed the CM that it was technically reinforcing the CTD and the Special Branch of the Sindh Police.

The CM said data collected by the police showed that 3,637 Chinese nationals were working on eight projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Sindh.

He added that 3,361 personnel including 1,500 police, 517 military, 173 Rangers, 28 FC personnel and 1,143 private security personnel have been deployed for their security.

According to the CM, there are 21 government-sponsored non-CPEC projects, including at NED University and KU, and 194 privately-sponsored projects, where 2,879 Chinese worked.

Mr Shah said his government was also providing security for them.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Home Secretary Saeed Mangnijo, CTD Chief Imran Yaqoob Minhas and CM Special Secretary Rahim Shaikh.

Reinforced security at the cattle market

IGP-Sindh Memon chaired a meeting on Monday and instructed his subordinates to step up security on main roads and adjoining roads from the Sohrab Goth cattle market off the highway.

He said Eidul Azha’s emergency plan should be strictly enforced.

He said the code of conduct for collecting sacrificial animal skins should be implemented in letter and spirit.

The IGP said registered welfare institutions and other stakeholders should be made aware of the code of conduct.

He said passenger safety on all highways should be ensured and verification of exit and entry routes from the province should be made extraordinary, while video recording should be ensured with police coordination. highways/roads.

He said police picketing should be established on roads, adjacent roads and other selected places, while patrols should be increased through mutual collaboration.

Meanwhile, sources said police had received reports that terrorists were planning a high-profile action in Karachi against foreigners or major installations.

Therefore, the police and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been urged to take necessary security and precautionary measures, they added.

Posted in Dawn, July 5, 2022

Valerie J. Wallis