According to Dawn, Pakistani security officials captured a senior official of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s (TTP) “intelligence group” during a raid in a village outside the capital of Islamabad.
The Taliban intelligence official is named only as “QZR.” A top Taliban and al Qaeda leader who operates along the Afghan-Pakistani border and who is known as Qari Zia Rahman is also nicknamed QZR by the US military. Among many other tasks, Qari Zia Rahman runs training camps for female suicide bombers. US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal said they see no indication that Qari Zia Rahman is in Pakistani custody.
It is unclear if the “intelligence group” is the Lashkar-e-Khorasan, the unit set up in the tribal agency of North Waziristan that is assigned to sniffing out and hunting down suspected “US spies” who aid in the Predator campaign. From Dawn:
Four senior security officers supervised the operation at around 3am in the Dhok Kashmirian village a few days ago in which nearly 50 commandos and dozens of other personnel took part.The security agencies spotted the senior TTP member — QZR -through mobile tracking system. He came to Islamabad with a wedding party comprising the natives of Parachinar and Kurram Agency who stayed at the village.
The village was cordoned off and commandos and other personnel took positions on rooftops. Different houses, including the house of QZR, were searched. Some villagers were interrogated, but a child disclosed the location of QZR.
Then the security agencies raided the place where QZR and his aide – OH – were found asleep. Both were taken away.
The sources said that all the details carried out by the senior security officers about the senior TTP member were matched with QZR.
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