Gunman Sikandar was a pawn of terrorists: IG
27 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The inspector general (IG) of police on Monday revealed that the gunman responsible for the Islamabad standoff had links with a banned militant outfit.
The IG told a press conference that the gunman, Sikandar, had been operating militant groups in foreign countries, including Dubai, for the last five years.
He said that the gunman had been helping terrorist outfits carry out their activities. He acted as their handler and facilitator, the IG added. He said Sikandar underwent combat training in 1996 after which he started raising funds for the banned organisation in Dubai.
He said that the Dubai Police had arrested Sikandar in 1998. He was sent to jail for three months. The IG further said that Sikandar was held again in 2001 and was deported by the UAE authorities. However, he succeeded in getting a new passport by changing his name and appearance, the IG added. The IG further said that Sikandar returned to Pakistan in 2010.
According to the IG, Sikandar received militant training in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The IG said that the gunman worked for terrorist outfits and had planned to take the Parliament House 'hostage'. The IG went on to say that the gunman wanted to take hostage all those present in the parliament house on the evening of August 15.
The IG also said that one of the reasons for delay in handling of the incident was the presence of a large media teams on the spot. He went on to say that there should be a code of ethics for the coverage of such incidents.
The IG said that Sikindar's drama was about to come to an end within 10 to 15 minutes. "However, Zamarud Khan jumped into the scene breaching the security line without the permission from the authorities concerned." he added
Meanwhile, Sikandar's wife Kanwal has been sent on an additional two-day physical remand.
She was earlier sent on a seven-day physical remand and one-day transit remand. Upon the end of the seven-day remand, she was taken to an anti-terrorism court. Following the judge's ruling, Kanwal was taken for an additional two-day physical remand.
On August 15, Sikandar had shut down the heavily guarded capital for five hours in a standoff that ended with him being shot and wounded.
The IG, did not say how the gunman managed to breach the security and paralyse the city for five hours.