No established ISIS network in Sindh, investigators

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A senior Investigator, who is fighting different terror groups for more than a decade now, was surprised over the “startling revelations” by none other than his boss – Inspector General Sindh Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali, and subsequent reports regarding the presence of lethal terror outfit Islamic State in southern Pakistani province.

While briefing a meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior in Islamabad IGP Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali had claimed that the militants targeted a bus carrying Ismaili community members in Karachi earlier this year belonged to Daesh – Islamic State. He further divulged that the suspects of Safoora attack had been getting instructions from one Abdul Aziz in Syria.

Two days later a section of media claimed that the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Sindh police had prepared a list of 53 terrorists, who are affiliated Islamic State.

According to reports Abdullah Yousuf alias Abdul Aziz and also Saqib is the Ameer of Daesh – also known Islamic State – , while another suspected terrorist has been identified as Shahid Khokhar, who hails from Hyderabad.

Reports further said that the third terrorist is Bilal who is affiliated with Daesh and hails from Mirpurkhas.

However, on Wednesday a spokesman for the Sindh police said the news reports claiming that Sindh police had issued or prepared any list of 53 Islamic State (IS)-\’inspired\’ militants are incorrect.

The spokesman in his statement issued to media categorically denied issuance of such a list by any department working under Sindh police.

When this scribe contacted a senior police officer, he on the condition of anonymity told IGP Sindh’s either wrongly reported or was misreported in media. He said that no link between the attackers of Safoora incident and IS could be proved.

“Instead, they were inspired of the style of IS” he told while talking to The Frontier Post. He said the persons who carried this savage attack and those planning and implementing the killings of Ismailis had proven association with Al Qaeda Indian Subsequent (AQIS).

“Had the Islamic State have any network in Karachi they would haven’t deluded Zain Shahid and Bilal Rind” the Karachi youths through twitter”, he said, adding direct contact through the existing network could be their preferable step. No local link between Zain and Bilal and the ISIS could be found either, the police officer opines.

According to their interrogation report, a copy of which is available with The Frontier Post, Zain Shahid and Bilal Rind told interrogators that they were deluded through twitter by the terrorists based in Syria but they failed to cross Iran into Iraq and Turkey in a bid to reach their final destination. Both misled youths were later released on probation and the police are now closely watching their activities, police official said.

Both the arrested persons did not know each other but they were brought in contact and first met at the mosque of Boat Basin, a report said. “They were told to reach Turkey from Iran and from there they were offered by Daesh members to be taken to Syria” they told investigators.

Originally Published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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