Militant Haji Mohammad, who was killed on Saturday, was involved in the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Geo news reported citing Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials on Monday.
A CTD official told Dawn online that they had received information that nine to 10 members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group were present in Sheikhupura town of Punjab province, planning an attack on the offices of law enforcement agencies.
Around 12.30 a.m., the CTD team raided a house near the Sheikhupura Bypass. “Noticing their presence, the terrorists … tried to flee by a car and two motorcycles,” an official said.
Arms and ammunition, including three Kalashnikov rifles, three pistols, two kg of explosives, primer cords and a cache of live ammunition were seized from the militants.
Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore on August 26, 2011, near his company’s head office, a few months after the assassination of his father at the hands of his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri.
Shahbaz was recovered from Balochistan earlier this year.