DI Khan: At least 18 suspects were arrested by the police during search-and-strike operations in DI Khan on Friday. Separately, the counter-terrorism department (CTD) took four people into custody for assisting assailants who targeted four people in the district on sectarian grounds.
The crackdown was carried out in three areas of the district. Officers of Gomal University police station participated in the raids.
The police shifted the suspects behind bars and seized a large cache of weapons from them. This includes a Kalashnikov, three pistols and hundreds of bullets.
They also confiscated 30 litres of wine. Cases were registered against the suspects.
In another incident, CTD carried out raids in Madina Town, DI Khan and arrested four people who facilitated the murderers of two lawyers and the same number of teachers earlier this month.
An official privy to the development said, Nasim, Ehsan, Akram and Ilyas have been taken into custody. They have been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
Last week, four people – two lawyers and two teachers – were shot dead in separate incidents in DI Khan. The first incident took place within the jurisdiction of Muryalli police station. Unidentified armed men on motorbikes opened fire on Mukhtar Hussain and Akhtar Hussain. Both men died on the spot.
The second incident occurred on Grid Station Road. Unidentified men on motorcycles opened fire on senior lawyer Advocate Atif Zaidi and Advocate Ali Murtajiz Zaidi. The assailants managed to flee the site.
After the targeted attacks, security was tightened and a ban was imposed on pillion-riding.
Woman stabbed to death
Separately, a man stabbed his wife in Luchra village of DI Khan on Thursday night. An official of Dera Town police station said, Imran attacked Marai Bibi with a knife and killed her on the spot.
Shahara Bibi, his mother, assisted him in committing the crime. After the incident, the police shifted Marai Bibi’s body to District Headquarters and Teaching Hospital DI Khan.
The remains were handed over to her relatives after an autopsy was carried out. Aslam, the deceased’s father, registered a complaint with Dera Town police station. According to the police official, the incident was triggered by a family dispute.
“However, nothing can be confirmed till investigation has been completed,” he added.