[Keeping with the official ISI policy of relying on Pakistani forgetfulness and recycling reported arrests of its most notorious terrorists, the following reported arrest of ISI Faisalabad office "mastermind" relies upon two recycled terrorists, Abdur Rehman and Qari Usman. Rehman was reportedly killed in a shoot-out with Indian forces in Kashmir, on October 3, 2011. The report below claims that Qari Usman was arrested after the March 8, 2011 blast, but he was later photographed at another arrest for chaining 68 boys to the floor of his madrassa in Karachi on December 14, 2011. This totally fabricated cover story intended to whitewash ISI mistakes is much like the repeated deaths of Ilyas Kashmiri (who will no doubt return from the dead again, whenever it is convenient to do so).]
Vehicle lies mangled at the site of the blast last year. PHOTO: FILE
Abdur Rehman alias Kaka was arrested on a tip-off from Jameel Town, in the vicinity of Ghulam Muhammad Abad police station, by a special police team headed by DSP Gulberg Ashiq Jatt.
The accused was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) No. 1, where Judge Ishtiaq Ahmad granted the police six days’ physical remand for interrogation.
Rehman was arrested in light of the information provided by another accused, Qari Usman during interrogation, who had been arrested in an injured condition from the site of the blast.
The suspect planted a bomb in a car which exploded at a CNG station situated adjacent to an ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) office in Faisalabad, killing 25 people on the spot, while another nine later succumbed to their injuries.
Many of those injured were trapped under debris for hours or hit by shrapnel, after the blast reduced the building to rubble. Most casualties were recovered from the site of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) building and gas station which also suffered heavy damage.
Additionally, 35 vehicles were destroyed in the blast that created a 10-foot deep crater at the site.
The then City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Dr Usman Anwar stated that about 150 kilograms of explosive material was used in a silver-coloured Mehran by the attackers, the target being the ISI building.
A six-member team of the Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had collected samples of the explosive material from the crime scene and sent them to Islamabad for analysis. The cause of the blast was a remote device and it created a crater around four feet deep and 10 to 12 feet wide.
Published in The Express Tribune