ISLAMABAD: Law enforcement agencies have apprehended four allegedly involved in the attack on the Punjab home minister.
The raid was a surprise on a seminary in the core of the capital where these accused were arrested from and Islamabad police was unaware of the action till it took place, told the sources.
Police’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) along with units from Rawalpindi police and paramilitary officials raided the Madaressah Haqqania located on the green belt Eight Avenue and arrested allegedly involved men.
According to officials, the raid was carried out on the basis of strong information concerning the presence of a suspect having connecting with the attack in Attock.
The raid was carried out using at least 20 vehicles including vans from the Banni and Sadiqabad police stations in Rawalpindi and Punjab Elite Force units.
Earlier, the seminary was first checked by capital police on Monday soon after the Attock incident took place.
“The information shared by the seminary administration did not mention presence of any outsiders on the premises,” a police official said, adding that, ‘however, after the arrests, it is obvious that they lied to the police.’
“Now, Islamabad police has initiated its own investigation to establish whether or not those two strangers were staying at the seminary when it was checked by law enforcement agencies on Monday,” the officer said.
Another official upheld that police cant check each seminary to verify their students, teachers and visitors on their own and acknowledge the authenticity and truthfulness of the provided information.
Although the previous government had allowed the agencies to carry out raids in any seminary they found suspicious while the interior minister of current government had categorically directed the police not to do so without any solid information.
Another official said that if anyone is arrested from there having connection with terrorists, action will be initiated against them under the Anti-Terrorism Act.