Ansar ul Sharia, Pakistani affiliates of Syrian Nusra Front and local affiliates of Daesh who have returned from Syria after humiliating defeat began targeting retired and serving officers of the law enforcement agencies to create a ‘shock value’ as the victims appeared to be a ‘soft target.’
The sources said this group (Ansar ul Sharia) was likely to assume a similar target pattern as that of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
According to intelligence estimates, with Daesh having suffered significant territorial losses in Syria and Iraq in recent months, it would be paramount for the Daesh (IS) to retain as many takfiri militants as possible to continue the fight. However, the number of returnees is likely to surge in the event of the collapse of the so-called caliphate of IS as in that case all surviving foreign fighters will attempt to return to their home countries to establish militant networks there.
This scenario would be reminiscent of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan when a large number of foreign fighters left the war-torn country and returned to their homelands between 1989 and 1993 and used violence as a tool to implement their agendas and forcibly impose their school of thought.
The sources said that the CTD had sent its analysis of Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan to the Sindh home department and other stakeholders on June 14 and had forewarned about the threats posed by the newly established outfit.
Meanwhile, Additional IG CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi told Dawn that the law enforcers had ‘neutralised’ militant outfits which had been carrying out targeted killings of policemen and other terrorist acts in the West and South zones of police in recent past except one group that has been ‘active’ in the East zone of police.
He said the same outfit might have become ‘active’ in the West zone and targeted four policemen in SITE on Friday.
Dr Abbasi believed that the CTD was working on some “positive leads” in the case. He said the footage of the crime scene obtained from a CCTV camera could ‘help’ police investigators to ascertain the identity of the killers.
The CTD chief claimed that “some suspects” had also been detained in the policemen’s killing case for interrogation.