The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police have arrested three Deobandi takfiri militants with links to banned outfits including Daesh, TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, two of whom were said to be “highly educated”.
One of the detained men had remained a faculty member at a public university in Dera Ismail Khan while another had graduated from a ‘prestigious’ institute in Karachi. The third one a religious scholar who provides online courses of the Holy Quran, revealed CTD SSP Junaid Ahmed Shaikh.
The varsity teacher had been allegedly involved in deadly attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan, security forces in Pakistan and sectarian violence in the past, the senior officer added.
The three suspects, named Shahsawar, Mujeeb Rehman and Khalid Pervez, were arrested during raids conducted by the CTD in Karachi’s Sultanabad and Jubilee areas. The police also seized donation chits from them, said SSP Shaikh.
The men used to collect donations from different parts of the city for their respective outfits during Ramazan, the senior officer claimed.
Detained suspect Mujeeb Rehman, who is affiliated with the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), was arrested by the CTD in the recent past as well but started working for the banned sectarian Deobandi takfiri outfit again after being released from jail. Besides collecting donations, he was also responsible for recruiting youngsters.
The second, Khalid Pervez, is an IT expert who worked in a private firm in Karachi and had obtained an MBA degree from a renowned institute. He was affiliated with the militant Daesh group.
Meanwhile, Shahsawar was a faculty member at a government varsity in Dera Ismail Khan, the officer claimed. He was allegedly an “important” member of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The suspect along with his accomplices had targeted Nato forces, causing “significant losses” to their troops in Afghanistan, Shaikh claimed. Several of Shahsawar’s accomplices were killed in Afghanistan.
He had also remained a member of the ‘shura’ (consultation body) of TTP, the CTD officer disclosed.