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Afghan Taliban chief’s close aide arrested


Karachi : A close aide of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and former governor of Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province, Abdul Hai Salik, was arrested here Thursday, a media report said.

Salik and one of his associates, Zaki Izzat Mohammad, were arrested in Karachi’s Sohrab Goath area, Aaj News reported.

While Salik is the alleged mastermind behind attacks against US and NATO forces, Mohammad is one the richest men in Egypt and is allegedly involved in financing the Al Qaeda terrorist network, the report said.

The report further said that Mullah Omar himself may be in Karachi, according to British and US intelligence.

Earlier this month, Pakistani security forces in Karachi detained Taliban’s political and military strategist, Agha Jan, and five of his aides.

In February, Afghan Taliban’s number two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was arrested from a Karachi madrassa, while another Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Younis, was also arrested recently.