‘Mastermind’ of Karachi University bombing taken into custody until July 16

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Image showing the remains of the stricken van which was the target of an explosion at the University of Karachi premises, April 26, 2022. – Geo News via Rana Javaid
  • The “mastermind” of the bomb blast at the University of Karachi has been fired.
  • ATC is taking the suspect into custody until July 16.
  • According to the CTD, the suspect is the commander of the separatist organizations BLA and BLF.

KARACHI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) produced the suspected mastermind of the University of Karachi suicide bombing in an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday, after arresting him during a breakthrough major in the investigation.

The suspect had been arrested by the CTD with technical assistance from other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) on Monday.

During today’s hearing, the CTD police informed the court that the suspect is a commander of the separatist organizations Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Liberation Federation-Karachi (BLF) and the mastermind of the attack on Chinese teachers outside KU’s Confucious Institute in April this year.

They also said he was involved in facilitating attacks on other Chinese citizens in Karachi.

ATC later remanded the suspect into CTD custody until July 16.

The arrest

Sharing details about the arrest and the suspect, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon revealed that the suspect Papa Bakhsh alias Shoaib was arrested at Mauripur Road, Hawkesbay.

He said the arrested suspect made major revelations during interrogation, saying he joined the BLF in 2013 and carried out several attacks against Balochistan forces.

He said the suspect fled to a neighboring country in 2017 after being exposed and later returned to Karachi.

Making major revelations about the attack on Chinese teachers, the suspect said the KU explosion was a joint BLF and BLA terrorist activity, the minister said.

According to Memon, the suspect is a BLF sleeper cell commander in Karachi and inspected different targets as directed by BLA Commander Khalil Baloch. Those targets included sensitive facilities and Chinese language teachers, he said.

Memon went on to say that the suspect revealed that he met Shari’s husband, Haibtan, and another dangerous terrorist named Zaib, who he believes is the mastermind of the KU attack.

“Bakhsh entered Pakistan through a neighboring country and started living with Haibtan and Shari in their Delhi settlement apartment,” Memon said.

He said the suspect fled to Balochistan at the direction of BLF Commander Khalil Baloch after the attack. While Zeb was present at the university at the time of the attack.

“He entered KU before Shari and exited immediately after the explosion,” Memon said, citing the suspect, during questioning.

The minister further said the suspect disclosed that Zaib had trained him in improvised explosive device (IED) manufacturing at Majeed’s brigade headquarters at the BLA and BLF camp in the “neighboring country”. “.

He said the LEAs and CTD have made progress together on the case and more leads will follow soon.

Memon also briefed the media on the probe’s extraordinary findings.

  • Increased use of women and children in terrorist activities
  • Efforts to make women and students agents of terrorist organizations
  • Efforts to create chaos in society and declare Pakistan a failed state by fueling backlash against specific communities
  • Training of young people and exploitation of women in psychologically precarious situations

The minister said Shari Baloch’s case is being investigated by a team of

Shari’s case is being investigated by psychology experts who found that Shari was also psychologically exploited.

On Monday, a 13-member Chinese delegation led by China’s Deputy Director General of Counterterrorism Gao Fei met with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP ) Ghulam Nabi Memon.

The officials discussed the safety of Chinese nationals working in the province and the progress of the investigation into the Karachi University suicide bombing.

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Chinese nationals killed in Karachi University bomb blast

In April, four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed while four others were injured in a car explosion at the University of Karachi premises.

According to the CTD, it was a suicide attack committed by a woman in a burqa, later identified as Shari Baloch.

The explosion occurred at 1:52 p.m. in a van near the Confucius Institute, a Chinese language teaching center at the University of Karachi.

The deceased Chinese nationals have been identified as Confucius Institute director Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sai, and their Pakistani driver, Khalid.

Police sources said the van entered the premises through the university’s Maskan gate.

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