Militant having links with ISIS arrested from Karachi

KARACHI: It has been reported by the police that a militant having alleged links with Middle-East based Islamic State group was apprehended from Karachi.

A spokesperson of the Paramilitary Forces said that in a related development that Sindh Rangers has apprehended two suspected militants belonging to banned outfit in the same Orangi Town and recovered weapons from them.

Investigators claimed that the suspects had taken an oath to overthrow democracy and introduce Khilafat in Pakistan through armed struggle.

They had already established infrastructure in the district to carry out operations across the country. The suspects arrested by CTD belong to different districts of Punjab, but Sialkot served as the base of their operations.

A senior police officer on condition of anonymity said that the police’s Counter-Terrorism Department detained Abdul Aziz from Orangi Town area of the metropolis.

Police have arrested eight suspected members of the Islamic State group for planning to establish a terrorist network and carry out attacks, officials said Tuesday.

The eight suspects were arrested after anti-terror police raided their hideout in Daska, central Punjab, provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told AFP.

“They were trying to establish their group network and had plans to carry out attacks,” said Sanaullah.

All of them are young and in their 20′s. Police also recovered Daesh literature and CDs, Sanaullah added.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) group, which controls wide swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Police commandos from the counter-terrorism department (CTD) raided the hideout and made the arrests on Monday, according to the official.

A senior CTD official confirmed the arrests and told AFP that some of the suspected militants were former members of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD).

The blast in Mardan demonstrated the Pakistani Taliban’s continued ability to stage deadly attacks, despite a major military offensive against its headquarters that analysts say has reduced its capacity.

The government has officially denied that IS is operating in Pakistan, which has been wracked by al Qaeda and Taliban-linked violence for more than a decade.

But authorities have expressed fears that IS could find recruits among Pakistan’s myriad of extremist militant groups.

Pakistan has once again categorically denied the presence of Islamic State (IS) on its soil.

“There is no footprint of Daesh in Pakistan. We will also not tolerate anyone affiliated with it,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah during his weekly press briefing on Thursday.

He said the country was aware of the threat posed by the militant group, adding the security forces were on full alert.