KARACHI: The death toll from the audacious TTP attack on the Karachi Police Office (KPO) rose to five on Sunday as another injured cop succumbed to his wounds while FIR of the incident was registered under terrorism charges against the perpetrators and their facilitators.
The hours-long combat between terrorists and law-enforcement agencies — comprising Pak Army Special Service Group (SSG), Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Sindh Police — Friday night at the KPO located at Sharea Faisal left four people martyred and 18 injured. All three terrorists belonging to the banned militant group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed.
Earlier on Sunday, the police officer injured in the attack succumbed to his injuries during treatment. A statement from the Sindh police spokesperson said that Abdul Latif, 50, had embraced martyrdom.
دہشت گردوں سے دوران مقابلہ زخمی ہونیوالا کانسٹیبل شہید ہوگیا۔
شہید کانسٹیبل عبدالطیف کی نماز جنازہ ادا کردی گئی۔
کے پیاو واقعہ میں شہداء کی تعداد پانچ ہوگئی۔
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— Sindh Police (@DMCSindhPolice) February 19, 2023
The funeral prayer of the police officer was offered at Police Garden Headquarters and was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, provincial minister Saeed Ghani, IG Police Ghulam Nabi Memon, Additional IG Javed Odho, Commissioner Karachi Iqbal Memon, additional IGs, DIGs, SSP, family members of Shaheed constable and members of Civil Society.
‘Martyr paid tributes’
The CM talking to the family members of Shaheed constable said that Abdul Latif was a brave policeman and laid his life while fighting against the terrorists. The sacrifice he rendered would always be remembered in history.
Mr. Shah said that he had sustained multiple injuries in the KPO operation. “We tried our best to save his life by providing him with the best medical treatment, but he succumbed – may Allah rest him in peace,” he said while talking to the brothers of Shaheed Abdul Latif.
The CM carried the casket of the Shaheed constable to the ambulance and prayed for the departed soul.
Profile: Shaheed Constable Abdul Latif joined Sindh police on Ex-army quota on February 17, 2014, and was currently serving in Security-I. He sustained multiple injuries while fighting against terrorists and was shifted to JPMC where he succumbed.
Shaheed Abdul Latif is survived by his widow, six daughters, and one son.
Meanwhile, a FIR, , a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, was registered against the perpetrators and their facilitators on the complaint of Saddar Station House Officer (SHO) Khalid Hussain. Hussain said the investigation had been handed over to the Counter-Terrorism Department.
The complaint was registered at the CTD police station on Saturday under Sections 34 (common intention), 120 (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 324 (attempted murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 427 (mischief causing damage amounting to Rs50) and 460 (breaking into a house for murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code, and Sections 3/4 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 read with Sections 7 (punishment for acts of terrorism) and 21(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.