Wanted TTP commander arrested in Karachi


TTP commander

KARACHI: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh has claimed to have arrested a top commander of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Karachi on Monday.

The arrested militant, identified as Izat Mand, was the former amir of TTP Matta tehsil in Swat district, where he was allegedly involved in several high-profile attacks.

According to the CTD, Mand was arrested during a raid in Karachi, where he had been living under a fake identity.

The CTD said that Mand was wanted by the security forces for his involvement in attacks on the house of veteran Pashtun nationalist leader Afzal Khan Lala, who defied the Taliban in Swat and received the highest civilian award for bravery, the Hilal-i-Shujaat, in 2009.

Mand was also accused of attacking various police stations and paramilitary posts in Swat, as well as killing and kidnapping civilians and security personnel.

The CTD said that Mand had fled to Karachi after the military operation Rah-e-Raast in 2009, which cleared Swat of the Taliban militants led by Mullah Fazlullah, who later became the chief of the TTP.

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The CTD said that Mand was still in contact with the TTP leadership in Afghanistan and was planning to carry out terrorist activities in Karachi. The CTD also recovered weapons and explosives from his possession.

The TTP is a banned militant organization that aims to overthrow the Pakistani government and impose its version of sharia law in the country.

The TTP was formed in 2007 by a coalition of various militant groups operating in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. The TTP has carried out numerous attacks on the security forces, government institutions, political parties, religious minorities, and civilians in Pakistan, killing thousands of people.

The TTP is also responsible for the assassination attempt on Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012.

The TTP has been designated as a terrorist organization by Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.

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