By: Azaz Syed
ISLAMABAD: Newly established Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police is trying to nab two Lahori females who have been declared as most wanted terrorists for their alleged acts of terror in district Gujranwala.
A document containing the names of these most wanted terrorists is also available with The News.Maria and Taiba both are wanted in connection with their alleged role in placing explosive material at different installations of Gujranwala Police.
Both Maria and Taiba had reportedly fled from the scene on February 9, 2011, on the day of the incidents. Both married women had their residential address in Lahore. Maria who is married to Mohammad Suleman used to live in Mairaj Park, Hassan Town, Multan Road, Lahore and Taiba, who is married to Mohammad Umar, also has her address of Hassan Town, Multan Road, Lahore.
In year 2011 explosive material was detonated outside the SSP Special Branch Police, SSP CID, Police Rest House, outside the office of DIG Police and People’s Colony CIA office, Gujranwala, however, no causality was caused by these small explosions. The police and intelligence agencies were initially clueless about the perpetrators behind those attacks and at that point of time they did not even imagine that the attackers could be women.
“Different militant organisations have their women wings but in Punjab it is very rare that women have played some role in acts of terrorism, we have seen women carrying out suicide terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata,” said Amir Rana a prominent expert and director of Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies, while talking to this correspondent.
The sources claim that the names of these women surfaced couple of months back during an interrogation of a militant whose name is being kept secret by the police authorities.It is yet not clear how these women were used for carrying out these acts. Whether they were under pressure or they volunteered themselves for terrorism? No one knows their side of the story as no one knows their whereabouts. So both the women are culprits until proven innocent.