Counter-Terrorism Department Kills Suspected TTP Member Involved in Attacks on Lahore Police officers

LAHORE, Pakistan: A suspected sharpshooter and alleged member of the banned militant group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed in an encounter with the Counter-Terrorism Department after being involved in a series of attacks on police officials in the city. Faizan Butt, the suspect, along with three other terrorists, was killed during the encounter in Karol Ghatti on Sunday night.

Butt had targeted and killed a sub-inspector, as well as a constable, while injuring another police constable in separate attacks within a week. Authorities revealed that Butt would identify unarmed police officials in uniform, follow them, and then seize the opportunity to carry out his attacks. He methodically recorded these attacks using a pen camera, ensuring proof of the killings before sending the recordings to his handlers.

Multiple cases of display of arms and aerial firing had been filed against Butt in various police stations. Initial investigations suggested that Butt’s frustration stemmed from a previous encounter with the CTD, where a case was registered against him following an intelligence-based operation. Despite being detained and interrogated, Butt was ultimately released due to insufficient evidence against him.

However, after some time, the CTD took action against Butt for allegedly carrying explosives and planning a terrorist attack. It was discovered that Butt had been aided by a jailed leader of a banned sectarian outfit in securing his release on bail. With the assistance of this leader, Butt received financial support and traveled to tribal areas and Afghanistan, where he met with TTP leaders who assigned him the task of killing policemen to gain membership in the banned group.

During the encounter in Karol Jungle, where Butt and other terrorists were killed, a CTD team seized weapons, including a pistol and two grenades. Despite this success, several other terrorists managed to escape, leading to a search operation to apprehend them. The police also recovered two Kalashnikovs and a pistol from the scene, as the investigation into the identities of the deceased continued.

The complex web of events surrounding Faizan Butt’s criminal activities sheds light on the intricate networks of militant organizations and the challenges faced by law enforcement in combating terrorism in the region. The ongoing efforts of the Counter-Terrorism Department underscore the importance of vigilance and swift action to prevent further attacks and bring perpetrators to justice.