Karachi police arrest suspected Baitullah Mehsud aide

By Javed Mahmood

2011-08-17

KARACHI – Police arrested suspected Taliban leader Fazal Hussain Mehsud, whom they accuse of being a close aide of the late Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Baitullah Mehsud, August 16, a senior police official said.

“We took into custody Fazal Hussain ... who had hosted some injured Taliban leaders in Karachi, including Baitullah Mehsud, in the past to provide them medical care,” Fayyaz Khan, chief of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), told Central Asia Online August 17.

Mehsud was killed by an aerial strike in South Waziristan in 2009.

After obtaining court permission to hold Hussain, the police plan to interrogate him about his suspected role in the TTP, its funding sources and its network in Karachi, Khan said.

Police also want to learn how Hussain rented a Karachi residence and arranged medical care for injured Taliban leaders, Khan said.

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