Sindh Police claims to have arrested, Yousuf Thellaywala, a target killer associated with MQM-London. According to Sindh Police, Yousuf is accused of killing 96 people.
Senior Superintendent Police Ghulam Asfar Mahesar of District East, while briefing the media asserted that Anti-Street Crime Squad and Soldier Bazaar Police caught Yousuf after resistance in Soldier Bazaar area. Police have seized a hand grenade, a motorbike and a pistol from Yousuf Thellaywala.
SSP Mahesar added that the accused has confessed of killing 96 people. He joined Muttahida Qaumi Movement in 1995 and was appointed by unit in-charge, Khalid Siddiqi. Yousuf, further added that Siddiqi took him to another target killer Nadeem Marble, who trained him in the handling of weapons and target killing.
Yousuf revealed that his first target was a Mohajir man, who he killed on the suspicion of being an informer of the law enforcement agencies. In the initial investigation, Yousuf informed that some of his targets included two Pakistani Army officials, an Air Force official, a government employee and five workers of arch-rival, Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi.
He also confessed to killing 12 people based on suspicion of spying for law enforcement agencies. He gunned down six people on ethnic grounds, a man who denied giving him extortion money and a passerby.
Some of the horrific confessions included him throwing 66 dead bodies packed in gunny bags across the city. A few of his partners include Nadeem Marble, Riaz Chacha, Azeem Chota. He confessed that he along with his associated had killed two brothers, Hanif and Kashif, on the dispute of extortion.
The SSP said Yousuf could not remember the exact number but had confessed to murdering 30 persons and facilitating the targeted killings of 66 others
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SSP further informed that Yousuf was arrested in 1996 and later released in 1997 on bail. He was again arrested in 1998 but was released in 2013 on parole.
Yousuf also informed that he had a secret meeting with MQM leader Farooq Sattar, who granted him a room to stay in nine-zero when he was in hiding in 2013.
In 2004, Yousuf joined a security company and in 2005 he was posted as a security guard at a warehouse.