TTP Claims Responsibility for Assassination of Karachi Counter-Terrorism Officer DSP Ali Raza

DSP Ali Raza of Karachi's Counter-Terrorism Department assassinated. TTP claims responsibility as investigators probe deeper.
TTP Claims Responsibility for Assassination of Karachi Counter-Terrorism Officer DSP Ali Raza

The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the assassination of Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) DSP Ali Raza on Monday evening. Investigators are facing a challenging situation as the forensic analysis of the bullet casings from the crime scene revealed that the murder weapon had no prior links to any crime.


DSP Ali Raza was shot dead by armed pillion riders in his old neighborhood in Shakeel Corporation, Karimabad, on Sunday. A statement allegedly released by the TTP stated that DSP Raza was targeted by its militants. However, DIG-CTD Asif Ejaz Shaikh expressed skepticism about the claim, stating that he could not verify it at the moment.


Regarding reports of a group named Al-Fajr claiming responsibility, DIG Shaikh dismissed it as a mere social media entity without any real existence. He did not provide further details.


The investigators revealed that the murder weapon, a pistol, had not been used in any previous cases. They are now focusing on acquiring CCTV footage to identify the killers. CTD senior official Raja Umar Khattab confirmed that the bullet casings did not match any previous records. He noted that two assailants on a motorcycle fired indiscriminately at DSP Raza.


No FIR has been lodged yet as the police await the slain officer’s family to register the case.


Funeral prayers for DSP Raza were held at the Central Police Office (CPO), attended by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Home Minister Zia Lanjar, Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon, senior officials, and family members. The CM met with the family, vowing to bring the culprits to justice and praising the police's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. DSP Raza was laid to rest in the Wadi-i-Hussain graveyard on Superhighway amid moving scenes.


‘Different Angles Being Explored’

Home Minister Zia Lanjar stated that the police are investigating the case from various angles. He highlighted that DSP Raza had long been associated with the CTD and was assassinated on the eve of the first of Muharram, suggesting potential sectarian motives. DSP Raza had also taken action against Lyari gangsters and the TTP, indicating old enmities.


In the evening, the home minister chaired a meeting at the CPO to review the law and order situation and security arrangements for Muharram. He emphasized that all procession routes should be considered sensitive and provided with extraordinary security.


IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon assured that the Sindh police are ready and alert for Muharram security, with additional forces already deployed in all districts.