Karachi: The Sindh police informed about the arrest by UAE authorities of a prime man of the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), who, they believed facilitated the November 2018 Chinese consulate attack in Karachi.
Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) senior officer informed that the suspect named Rashid Baloch was arrested by the UAE’s law agency in Sharjah few days back. He was marked a a prime man behind the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, that was dismantled by security forces, during the operation seven people died.
“Rashid Baloch alias Abdullah is not only the facilitator of the attack but also a key man of the BLA,” said DIG CTD Abdullah Sheikh. “After the findings of the initial investigation, we were closely monitoring suspects and finally found his connection with the episode. The interesting fact, that we gathered through technological support, is that he was very close to the Chinese consulate when it was attacked and personally monitored the assault.”
During investigation it was reveled that Rashid received Rs949,000 to his bank account right before the attack was set up and he was given money to arranged all the finances, logistics and support to aid the attackers.
In the last week of November, three militants tried to sneak into the Chinese Consulate in a very high security area but were shot dead during the encounter with law-enforcement agency. Two officials of the consulate and two Visa applicants also died during the tragic encounter.The BLA took responsibility for the attack.
The key findings and the evidences have already been shared with the media by Karachi police chief Dr Amir Sheikh. He further said that the plan was carried out with the help of Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Before the Rashid arrested in sharjah, Karachi police reportedly arrested five suspect facilitators within the city. It is believed that the attack was planned to sabotaging the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and strain relations between the tow countries.