Police arrest mastermind of bomb attack on Justice Baqar

KARACHI: Police have claimed to have arrested the mastermind behind bomb attack on Sindh High Court (SHC) judge Justice Maqbool Baqar’s convoy in which he was injured. Nine other people were killed, media reported.

In an operation carried out early Wednesday in Karachi’s Surjani Town area, police arrested Bashir Leghari, suspected of being the mastermind of the attack on the judge’s convoy last month, along with two of his accomplices, said DIG South Dr Ameer Sheikh.

Leghari was injured in the exchange of fire during the operation, while a policeman was also wounded, he said.

The suspect is said to belong to the ‘Asif chotu group’ of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, a banned militant outfit involved in several sectarian killings.

A powerful bomb explosion had targeted Justice Baqar’s convoy as it was passing through the busy Burnes Road area on June 26.

Justice Baqar, a member of the Shia community, was said to be on the hit-list of religious militants, including the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

A spokesman for Tehreek-i-Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack on the senior judge, claiming he was targeted due to his “anti-Taliban and anti-Mujahideen decisions”.