2 Takfiri terrorist belong to IS (Daesh) arrested

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Monday, 12 October 2015


The police’s Counterterrorism Department (CTD) claims to have picked up at least two men supposedly linked to the self-styled Islamic State (IS).

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) CTD Rana Shahid confirmed that two men – suspected of having links with the organisation that is better known by its Arabic acronym Daesh – had been arrested from Attock and Jhelum.

He said that Shahid Farooqi, who was also appointed as general secretary for the Rawalpindi region by the banned Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), had been assigned to organise IS sympathisers in the Attock area.

The CTD spokesperson said that another man suspected of having links with the IS, identified as Mohammad Ali, had been picked up from Jhelum on Friday. A laptop containing information regarding their operations was also recovered from the accused.

Suspects picked up from Attock, Jhelum following action by police’s Counterterrorism Department
Since the assassination of Col Shuja Khanzada, several questions had been raised among law enforcement agencies about the presence of IS sympathisers. The Counterterrorism Department (CTD) had been working on reports that groups allegedly linked to the self-styled IS were consolidating their position in Attock and other parts of the province.

Security officials close to the investigation of the Shuja Khanzada case blamed supporters of the Middle-Eastern group for the suicide attack and said that the IS, backed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, did have a presence in the Attock district, bordering Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

An intelligence official said law enforcement and intelligence agencies had been expecting a backlash in the wake of the killing of Malik Mohammad Ishaq, the leader of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) and said that agencies had been issuing regular ‘threat alerts’ regarding the possibility of terrorist attacks on important political leaders and other government installations.

A divisional police chief, who has served in the Rawalpindi region, admitted that IS-linked elements had been operating in the Attock area.

“We received many confirmed reports about their presence and have conducted several raids and search operations. However, we failed to find anyone linked to Daesh,” he said.

In October last year, the Punjab home department had warned police that Chechen and Uzbek militants – expelled from Waziristan by a military operation – would try to take shelter elsewhere in the country under the banner of Daesh.

In a letter to divisional police chiefs and the Counterterrorism Department, the Punjab Home Department had warned that militant groups were joinging hands with these Daesh-linked elements because of their sectarian agenda.

In a related development, Counterterrorism Department also recovered about 1,300 grams of explosives and two detonators along with hate material during a raid on a house in Hazro.

The CTD spokesperson said the explosives were recovered on the basis of information revealed by Qasim Mauvia, one of the suspects in the Shuja Khanzada assassination who was recently picked up from Attock.

IS flags and wall chalking has been discovered close to the sensitive Pakistan Ordnance Factories in nearby Taxila. However, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who contests elections from Taxila, has consistently maintained that IS does not have a foothold in Pakistan.

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