Saga ends: Armed man in Islamabad arrested

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ISLAMABAD: The stand off that had been created on Constitution Avenue in Islamabad after firing on the police from an armed, ended after almost six hours when Pakistan Peoples Party leader Zamrud Khan approached and tried to grab him, Express News reported.
The man armed with two sub-machine guns and accompanied with a woman and two children, whom he claimed were his wife and children, had driven into the middle of the Constitution Avenue on Thursday evening where he fired on the police and started a stand off.
Police tried to negotiate with the armed man, named Malik Sikander Hayat, and police and Rangers commandos surrounded his car while keeping their distance. During this period, the man periodically fired into the air to spread fear among a gathered crowd.
With negotiations going nowhere, MQM MNA Nabil Gabol tried to talk the man out of the act, but failed. Subsequently the PPP leader approached the guy and as he shook hands with the two children, he lunged at the gunman, but failed to grab him
This, though, caught the gunman off guard and he quickly peddled back, and raised his guns in the air. Soon after the commandos shot at the gunman, hitting him in the chest and leg. The woman accompanying him also received a gunshot wound.
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03:00am
Doctor Ayesha at PIMs said that the operation of Sikandar Hayatt had ended after almost two hours but he remains in critical condition due to continuous bleeding.
She added that they trying their best to stop the bleeding from lungs and that the bullets have damaged both of his kidneys.
The PIMS Medical board has decided to shift Sikandar on to ventilators within 24hours if his life remains in danger.
Sikander’s wife Kanwal, who also suffered bullet wounds, was out of danger but remains under mental stress. She has been shifted to general ward.
Police though have not yet been given access to the accused couple until they regain their consciousness and their fragile condition improves, PIMS Hospital spokesperson Dr Waseem Khwaja told The Express Tribune.

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12:10am
PPP leader Zamrud Khan told the media that when he left his house after watching the saga on television, he had decided to catch the gunman, even if it meant he would be killed.
“When I first arrived I asked the SSP that I wanted to go meet him [the gunman], but he denied me permission and told me that the car is full of explosives and that he [gunman] has two loaded guns. But it did not satisfy my honour that I leave without catching him.”

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11:34pm
A search will be carried out of Sikandar’s car.
See the attack in pictures here.
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11:18pm
Sikandar has been shifted to PIMS. Doctor Ayesha at the hospital said that he has received two bullet wounds, including one in his lower chest that pierced his liver and then into the lumbar region. The other bullet struck him in the leg and caused a fracture. He is currently undergoing a surgery and that his condition is serious.
She added that his wife also received a gunshot wound, but is now stable.
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11:09pm
Kanwal is being taken to women’s police station.
Sikandar was shot in his leg four times.

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11:07pm
Sikandar Hayat and his wife have been arrested.
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11:03pm
The police officials have taken one of the children into their custody.
Sikandar tried to fire at Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Zamarud Khan when he approached his children and then jumped to catch him.
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10:54pm
“As our country is an Islamic republic, we want Shariah imposed in Pakistan,” said Sikandar while on a telephonic call on Express News.
“I have to answer to God. I will come out on the street even if no one else does,” said the armed man.
“People who are aware of the injunctions of Holy Quran should be made leaders,” he added.
“Pakistan Army is great. Our intelligence agencies has been taken over by traitors,” said Sikandar.
“Do you think it’s the Muslims who are bombing?” questions Sikandar.
“I can’t even sleep. Did I come to the world to sleep?” says Sikandar.
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10:51
“Arrangements are being made for us so that we can move,” says Kanwal.
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10:51pm
“My children are happy. They aren’t afraid at all. We will leave soon,” says Kanwal, “but which of our demands will be met.”
“We have food supplies with us,” says Sikandar’s wife.
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10:47pm
Kanwal while talking on the phone on Express News says, “We want Shariah imposed in the country. You wouldn’t have supported us if we wouldn’t have taken this step.”
“We want fresh elections to take place according to Sunnah and the Holy Quran,” says Sikandar’s wife.
“My children aren’t going anywhere. We have asked them to go back to Hafizabad or to Murree but they have insisted that they will stay with us,” says Kanwal.
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10:21pm
Police officials say they are waiting for orders to start an operation.
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10:09pm
“We will come to a decision soon,” says SSP Operations Dr Rizwan.
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10:04pm
SSP Operations Rizwan asked the press officials to move 50 feet away from the site.
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9:53pm
Sikandar is still refusing to lay down his weapons.
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9:51pm
People have gathered there with their families to watch.
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9:47pm
A fight has started between the police men and press officials who have gathered there.
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9:37pm
Road is being blocked by putting up tents. Sikandar’s car has been surrounded.
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9:31pm
“The Islamabad police isn’t making a move in order to comply with Interior Minister’s directive to arrest him alive,” says Express News correspondent.
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9:16pm
“Sikandar is constantly changing his statements,” Express News correspondent says.
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9:10pm
Nabeel Gabol has urged the forces to take action as soon as possible.
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9:02pm
“I have talked to Kanwal. She is educated. I haven’t talked to Sikandar,” says Nabeel Gabol.
“However, one statement of her’s has put me on guard. She said her children will become mujahid,” adds Gabol. “She appears to confident.”
Gabol says the police has asked him not to negotiate on the grounds that he might be taken hostage.
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8:53pm
Sikandar has returned to his car.
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8:51pm
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered that the man be arrested alive.
He has said that the woman and the children be kept safe.
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8:47pm
Sikandar says he won’t talk to the Rangers who he thinks are Pakistan Army officers.
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8:42pm
SSP Operations is negotiating Sikandar for the third time.
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8:32pm
The police has offered to let Sikandar leave along with his weapons. He has refused to go.
Sikandar’s son is seen playing in the background.
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8:31pm
Kanwal is seen talking to Nabeel Gabol.
The formation of police personnel appears to be changing.
It appears that Kanwal has demanded that everyone be moved back.
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8:28pm
Sikandar’s first wife lives in UAE and has a son who is in custody of the Emirates police on murder charges, Express News reported.
SSP Dr Rizwan approaches Sikandar to initiate negotiations. The man is armed with both the guns.
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8:16pm
CNIC of Sikandar has been obtained, as well as his house address.
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8:14pm
Sikandar’s son is circling the car. Farwah is resting on Kanwal’s lap.
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8:13pm
The man was seen firing once again.
Sikandar says, “I want to be inside the Parliament. I want to negotiate with Nabeel Gabol and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.”
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8:10pm
Kanwal has demanded MNA Gabol that negotiations be done after giving up weapons.
“Sikandar is angry at the politicians,” says the MNA.
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8:07pm
“Sikandar is not mentally sound,” says MNA Nabeel Gabol.
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8:03pm
His wife and children appear to be unperturbed by the occasional firing from Sikandar.
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8:02pm
MNA Nabeel Gabol has reached the site to talk to Sikandar.
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7:58pm
Kanwal is insisting to talk to SSP Operations Dr Rizwan and no else.
Sikandar’s family has locked his house in Hafizabad and has fled.
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7:56pm
The policemen have asked Sikandar to let his children and his wife go.
“If something happens to me, it will happen to them too,” Sikandar has said.
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7:53pm
Police is trying to retrieve the details of Kanwal’s phone calls.
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7:51pm
“The man is often violent to his wife and children,” reported Express News correspondent.
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7:48pm
Kanwal was reported to be his second wife. Police reports suggest that is a drug addict and is not in a mentally sound condition.
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7.46pm
“We are prepared to arrest him,” say Islamabad police.
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7:42pm
Kanwal who has completed her MPhil in Economics, has demanded that cell phone credit be provided to her.
Police says she is in touch with an unidentified person.
The man has also lived in Dubai.
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7:40pm
The woman has been identified as Kanwal.
A contingent of police has reached Sikandar Hayat’s house in Hafizabad.
The children have been identified as Farwa and Abdul Malik.
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7:38pm
The number plate of Sikandar’s car isn’t real, says Islamabad police.
The man has handed one of the guns to the woman.
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7:33pm
“We can arrest him anytime,” says Islamabad police.
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7:30pm
The man is intoxicated and unable to communicate properly, says police official.
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7:28pm
The man has demanded that food be provided to him.
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7:26pm
The man fired again while sitting in his car and was seen changing the direction of his car towards the road that leads up to the Parliament House.
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7:23pm
“The police is staying clear of the man for he would fire when tried to approach him earlier,” reported Express News correspondent.
Preparations are being made to provide water bottles.
The man is seen sitting inside the car with the doors of his car open.
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7:12pm
A contingent of Rangers has reached the site.
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7:16pm
The woman is seen walking to and fro between the policemen and Sikandar.
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7:06pm
Ambulances have reached the site.
Express News correspondent reported that his car was stopped at a police checkpoint where an exchange of angry words with the policeman made him bump his car into the side road.
The man had said that the policemen had misbehaved with him.
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7:05pm
One of the personnel from the Anti Terrorist Squad accidentally fired.
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7:04pm
The policemen got the lights on the street switched off except for one. The children and the woman got back in the car.
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7:01pm
The woman was seen taking one of the children behind the bushes. The other child was also seen coming out of the car and was seen with a wound above his left eye.
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6:56pm
The man was heard saying,”We have already reached rock bottom and we will take you with us.”

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6:55pm
The man demands that Shariah law be imposed in Pakistan as soon as possible and the current government be dissolved.
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6:54pm
The man was identified as Sikandar and is a resident of Karachi, said the Express News correspondent.
The correspondent said he had only been in Islamabad for two days.
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6:50pm
The man was seen angrily pointing at the commandos and demanded that they be moved.
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6:44pm
Anti-terror squad personnel have also surrounded the car.
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6:42pm
The woman is seen trying her phone and is writing on the copy given to her.
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