Police investigating Safoora suspects’ link with Islamic State

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Naimat Khan

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Saad Aziz, prime suspect of the Safoora carnage, who has done his master in business administration from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA)

KARACHI: Law enforcement agencies have found some clues regarding considerable presence of the Islamic State network – also called Daish – on Pakistani soil, sources said.
The government of Pakistan has been downplaying the threat from self-styled Middle Eastern group Islamic State by saying no footprints of the terror group were found in Pakistan.

“The IS puzzle is going to be solved soon” told an investigator who wished not to be named. The law enforcers have got the clues that the network, though still far away from being properly contacted, may pose a big threat to the security of the country.

In Pakistan several Taliban commanders and groups had been pledging allegiance to the terror group but the group was believed to be unsuccessful in forming a proper organizational network.

“But the interrogation of detained terror suspect has provided clues to the law enforcers regarding the IS likely network,” a senior police official told this scribe.

Last year a secret report addressed to the government of Baluchistan had claimed that IS claims to have recruited a massive 10 to 12,000 followers from the Hangu and Kurram Agency tribal areas.

The leader of TTP’s splinter group, led by Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of TTP Jammat-ul-Ahrar group had also pledged allegiance to Islamic state last year but the group couldn’t be successful in its mission to join the IS’ campaign for Islamic political system.

“It has been reliably learnt that Daish has offered some elements of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Ahl-e-Sunnat Wai Jamat (ASWJ) to join hands in Pakistan. Daish has also formed a ten-member Strategic Planning Wing,” intelligence report, a copy of which is available with The Frontier Post, stated.

“A youth from Karachi has been posted as Qazi (judge), in one of the Syrian cities where militants of the Islamic State (IS) have imposed their version of Shariah rule” sources said.

Though almost all accused of the Safoora carnage were somehow associated with Al Qaeda, most of them and their acts of terror turned out to be an inspiration from the IS, sources said, adding it pushed investigators to interrogate them from that angle.

“Although it’s still far from being fully established, it’s more than likely that the Safoora suspects had established some contact with IS and taking guidelines from it,” a police officer told.
Earlier, investigators had rejected the “startling revelations” made by Inspector General Sindh Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali 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.

“Instead, they were inspired of the style of IS” a police officer 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).

Published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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