Pakistani Taliban hunter slain
KARACHI, Pakistan — A senior police investigator known for hunting down Pakistani Taliban militants was killed on Thursday in a car bombing, a sharp blow to efforts to crack down on militant groups seeking to gain a foothold in the sprawling southern city of Karachi that's vital to the country's economy.
Chaudhry Aslam was traveling through a commercial area in the port city when a powerful explosion ripped apart his vehicle, police officer Amir Farooqi said. The blast killed two other officers with him, Farooqi said. Another police official, Munir Sheikh, said a remote-controlled bomb planted on the road destroyed the armored SUV Aslam was in.
Aslam was known for being one of Karachi's toughest police officers who had escaped previous attempts on his life. In September 2011, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside his home. That blast killed eight people, though Aslam escaped unharmed.
“This is a cowardly act,” Aslam told local television at the time. “I'm not scared. I will not spare them.”
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt against Aslam in 2011, as well as for the one on Thursday that killed him. A spokesman for the group, Sajjad Mohmand, said that they killed Aslam for torturing their associates.
Aslam had been criticized for allegedly using too much force on suspects. Human rights activists accuse Pakistani police of routinely using excessive force, as well as torturing and killing suspects.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lufthansa: Co-pilot disclosed bout of ‘severe depression’
- Turkey prosecutor fatally shot in Istanbul courthouse hostage standoff
- Nuke deal won’t stop Iran secret work
- Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
- Video captures Germanwings flight’s doom
- Buhari claims historic win in Nigeria vote
- Iran nuclear discussions go past deadline
- U.S. to resume military aid to Egypt, but with strings
- Yemen civilians bristle under bombing campaign
- Iraqi troops seize key points in Tikrit
- Copilot’s friends doubt Germanwings crash intentional