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Suspected originator of ISIS detained from Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: A suspected originator of a commander of the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan was detained from Regi Lalma area here, police said Tuesday.

The suspect, Musa, has close links with Afghanistan-based Abdullah alias Cheeta, a commander of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for IS), said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saifullah as he produced the suspect before media.

The officer said the suspect was sought by the local police for numerous crimes and was detained during a search operation in Regi Lalma on Monday night.

The alleged criminal belonged to an inter-provincial criminal organisation, said the DSP, adding that additional inquiry about the suspect is on-going.

The director general of the Intel­ligence Bureau, Aftab Sultan, told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior earlier in February this year that IS was emerging as a threat in the country because several militant groups had a soft corner for it. He named Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan as examples.

However IS and Afghan Taliban were opponents, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) synchronized with it, he added.

The interior ministry has been refuting the occurrence of IS in Pakistan, saying that it was an Arab establishment. But Mr Sultan said the IB had kaput a big IS network after several associates reached Punjab following Karachi’s Safoora Goth killing in May.