Intelligence officials have reportedly picked up about 22 students from a seminary in Gujranwala to question them about the murder of two army officers and a police official in Chilas. At the time of their murder, the security officials were investigating the June 30 massacre of 10 foreign tourists and their Pakistani guide near Nanga Parbat base camp.
According to sources, 20 students were released after questioning, whereas two have been moved to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) for further investigation.
It is pertinent to mention here that GB authorities recently claimed to have detained the prime suspect, Hamidullah, in the killing of Col. Ghulam Mustafa, Captain Ashfaq and SSP Diamer, Bilal Ahmed. The officers were killed by militants on Aug. 6.
Reports say that intelligence authorities- assisted by more than 450 local police officers and Elite Force commandos- raided two seminaries, Jamia Darul Aloom and Madrassa Anwarul Aloom in Gujranwala on Sunday.
Sources said the seminaries were raided on the basis of information dug out during the interrogation of Hamidullah, the alleged commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chilas unit.
Meanwhile, the administrator of Jamia Anwarul Aloom, Qazi Murad, has said that the students picked by the intelligence officials and security forces hailed from Chilas and other parts of GB. Mr. Murad also threatened to stage protests if the detained students were not released immediately.