Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police arrested a high profile militant commander with a Rs. 5 million bounty on his head in Charsadda district on Friday night, according to a senior official.
Amanullah, alias Irfan Khorasani, had been wanted in connection with several attacks on police officials and the killing of journalist Mukarram Khan, said Muhammad Saeed Khan, the deputy inspector general of Mardan. He said Amanullah had been arrested on the border between Mohmand Agency and Charsadda along with two other wanted militants. “Wasiullah, alias Abu Bakar, and Roohullah, alias Shamsur Rehman, were also taken into custody,” he added.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for killing Mukarram Khan, who used to work for the Voice of America’s Pashto language news service, Deewa Radio. He was killed in 2012 in the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district.
The Committee to Project Journalists has declared Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries in the world for media workers with three reporters killed in 2014 alone.