What happened: On Friday The Counter-Terrorism Department has arrested most wanted terrorists of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan after an alleged shootout near Manghopir Road, Karachi. According to the CTD officials, two most wanted terrorists of SMP are Agha Hassan and Muhammad Ali Raza Naqvi.
What is Sipah-e-Muhammad: Sipah-e-Mohammed Pakistan (SMP) literally meaning ‘Army of Muhammad’ refers to a Shia group which is involved in sectarian terrorist activity primarily in Punjab. SMP is one of the two sectarian terrorist outfits proscribed on August 14, 2001, by President Pervez Musharraf. SMP’s main rival is the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) which is another banned terrorist organization.
What authorities are saying: CTD in-charge Mazhar Mashwani said other two alleged terrorists as Karrar Hussain and Syed Ausat Ali Rizvi had fled away. He also confirmed that the accused had confessed about target killings including the assassination of PPP senior member Dr. Mehboob back in 2017.