Waheed Ali alias Arshad, categorised as 'Terrorist A', was arrested in Nowshera last week by intelligence agencies, the Dawn reported, citing "credible" sources.

"He had made arrangements to flee to Afghanistan and hired a taxi to take him to the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham. Had there been any further delay, the man would have slipped away," they said.

"He had shaved his beard and had packed up. His taxi was intercepted and he was picked up after positive identification," cited the sources, requesting anonymity.

The alleged facilitator, in his early 30s, said in his initial statement that the planning of the attack on the university was going on for six months in Achin district of Afghanistan, the base of militant commander Omar Mansoor.

Mansoor, mastermind of the Peshawar school carnage and a commander of the Hakimullah Mehsud faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), had claimed responsibility for the January 20 assault on Bacha Khan University (BKU).

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