Female attacker from DG Khan praised Da’ish chief

Published: December 5, 2015
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Tashfeen Malik apparently posted on Facebook as the attack was under way. PHOTO: AFP

Tashfeen Malik apparently posted on Facebook as the attack was under way. PHOTO: AFP

Tashfeen Malik apparently posted on Facebook as the attack was under way. PHOTO: AFP Reporters photograph personal effects in Farook’s apartment. PHOTO: AFP
DG KHAN / WASHINGTON / SAN BERNARDINO: 

Investigators believe that the female shooter involved in Wednesday’s deadly rampage in California, had pledged allegiance to Da’ish (Islamic State) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a Facebook post on an alias account.

One US official familiar with the investigation said Tashfeen Malik, 27, had posted on a Facebook account under a different name just as the attack was going on. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik was responsible for the post, CNN reported.

Female suspect of California shooting was Pakistani: CAIR

Malik and her American-born husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, had burst into a year-end party in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday afternoon and opened fire on a roomful of Farook’s co-workers, killing 14 and wounding 21.

David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, announced at a press conference on Friday morning that they were investigating the mass shooting as an “act of terrorism” after details of Malik’s deleted Facebook post came to light.

A US official told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that Malik had expressed “admiration” for Baghdadi in the Facebook post. A Facebook executive said that the post was made at the same time the first calls to police were made about the attack.

Meanwhile, Malik’s relatives in her native district of Layyah said that they have been questioned by Pakistani security officials in connection with the attack.

Tashfeen hailed from DG Khan

Malik hailed from Taunsa tehsil in DG Khan district of Punjab but had lived much of her life in Saudi Arabia.

California shooting suspect was devout Muslim: father

Malik was born to Haji Gulzar Ahmed Malik, patron of a prosperous Seraiki-speaking family in Vehoa city, in DG Khan. She has two sisters and two brothers and was related to former provincial minister Ahmed Ali Aulak.

Haji Gulzar had moved from his native city to Layyah for a short while before taking his family to Rawalpindi as he pursued his business. That pursuit took Haji Gulzar to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia almost 25 years ago.

However, with educational opportunities limited for non-residents in Saudi Arabia, Haji Gulzar sent his daughters to Pakistan to complete their higher studies. Following in her older sister’s footsteps, Malik arrived in Pakistan to study pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakaria University.

Her maternal uncle told The Express Tribune that she came back around five to six years ago. Like her sister, she completed her D-Pharm with a 74.88 percentage.

Pakistani-origin couple kept tight lid on plans for San Bernardino shooting

After completing her studies, Malik returned to Saudi Arabia.

Farook was born in an Urdu-speaking household in Illinois to Syed and Rafia Farook. In 2013 Farook visited Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

After he met Malik apparently through an online matrimonial service, Rizwan returned to Saudi Arabia to meet her family.

The duo married two years ago and moved to the US where they had a six-month-old baby.

Just hours before the couple opened fire on Farook’s co-workers in a government building in San Bernardino, they had dropped off their daughter at his mother’s house, telling her they had a doctor’s appointment.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Malik was in the United States on a visa under a Pakistani passport.

One of Malik’s uncles, Javed Rabbani, said her father, Haji Gulzar, had changed during their time in Saudi Arabia. “When relatives visited him, they would come back and tell us how conservative and hard-line he had become,” Rabbani said.

Her maternal uncle disclosed that both Malik and Farook were religiously inclined.

However, a source close to the Saudi government said that during Malik’s time in Saudi Arabia nothing came to authorities’ attention there that suggested she was involved with radical Islamic groups.

Malik was not on any Saudi law enforcement or intelligence watchlist, the source said.

‘Radicalised’ California shooter had terror ties: reports

Pakistan condemns attack

The Pakistan embassy in Washington DC on Friday condemned the attack and offered condolences to families of the victims.

“It is hoped that the investigations would lead the authorities to the perpetrators of this act to justice sooner,” it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, security officials have started inquiring about Malik with her relatives in DG Khan questioned.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Dec 5, 2015 - 9:00AM

    So, yet another attack that links back somehow to Pakistan!Recommend

  • Fahim
    Dec 5, 2015 - 9:47AM

    Only one thing, be aware of dollars and Saudi Riyal coming in your country Recommend

  • Mayuresh
    Dec 5, 2015 - 10:30AM

    Poverty is clearly not at play in most of these cases. If the conversations at dinner table are about perceived ills against our people, this is the result. This is why even though the husband was not born in Pakistan, inherited same hatred. When will Pakistani elites wake up and clean their houses..literallyRecommend

  • Xman
    Dec 5, 2015 - 10:32AM

    Probably GOP should now work on a “de-radicalisation” program of all Pakistanis returning from Saudia Arabia, otherwise this cancer of extremism will keep spreading.Recommend

  • Arshad Hussain
    Dec 5, 2015 - 10:36AM

    Investigation is still fishy. And how big incidents happens in USA and they with the latest technologies couldn’t trace the reason behind the incident.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Dec 5, 2015 - 11:05AM

    There are two types of Pakistanis, one who actively participates in terrorism and the other who only condones it in public. They both two sides of the same coin.Recommend

  • Pacer
    Dec 5, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Feel so angry and just cant understand how could someone be so cruel. Really need to get rid of extremism from our society.Recommend

  • SHAH
    Dec 5, 2015 - 2:39PM

    @Arshad Hussain:
    planned as false flag needs cover up by not exposing it too much and then swiftly place the blame on some individuals who are not the same looks of that of others, then with too much talk and blame to prove and convince all that these are the perpetrators.. Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Dec 5, 2015 - 2:57PM

    She looks much older than 29. Chances are her documents are fake.Recommend

  • Muz
    Dec 5, 2015 - 3:22PM

    Why do people say the story of the California shooting doesn’t add up?

    Eyewitness Sally Abdelmageed told CNN:
    “[it was] three men, dressed in all black, military attire with vests on holding assault rifles… I couldn’t see a face, he had a black hat on and uh, from my view all I could see was a black hat and long sleeve shirt… black cargo pants with zippers on the sides, big puffy pockets, he had a huge assault rifle and extra ammo… I just saw three dressed exactly the same…. their skin tone looked white. They looked like they were athletic build. They appeared to be tall.”

    Yet four hours later, the police shot: two Pakistanis, one a 90 pound woman with a young baby, California residents in a rented black SUV with Utah plates, the military style assault rifles purchased by an unknown person. Farook attended the same holiday party last year. Since then, his coworkers threw a baby shower for him that included a registry.

    His brother, who lived nearby, was in the Navy and earned two medals for his service in “The Global War on Terrorism.” His brother said the couple wasn’t radical.

    At the party this time, Farook was sitting at a table chatting with a co-worker before “disappearing” — with his coat still on his chair. They now say there was no argument.

    When shot in the SUV, his tiny wife, an alleged ISIS follower, was wearing fitted shorts above her knees and no head covering.

    They are portrayed as Bonnie and Clyde with a young baby. They had a fully stocked fridge with cooked food in Tupperware and pictures of their baby all over the house. Arranged flowers on tables and freshly watered house plants. Baby was left with her grandmother for Tashfeen to make a doctor appointment.

    That’s why, at this point, it doesn’t make sense. A young mom left her baby to go kill the same people who hosted her baby shower. She allegedly made a FB post pledging allegiance to ISIS on an alias page, then removed it — at 11 am. The shooting started at 11 am.

    The shooters left before police arrived. Police and media then said they were searching for 3 white males. Then police shot these two, who fit no stated description, around 3 pm, after receiving a tip. The story changed from 3 male shooters to a married couple.

    The ammo, pipe bombs, etc., were found in their townhouse’s garage. The garage was in a building separate from their home. It was not connected in any way. A few minor items in the house. And a manhole in their closet ceiling.

    And no one who knew them, including their many siblings and mother who lived with them and Navy brother who lived close by, saw anything strange. Neighbor said they were happy. Smiled at her. Farook would leave the garage door open as he worked on his car. Last saw them hanging out on their patio on Sunday with their daughter, enjoying their family.

    Journalists entered their house today to rummage through their belongings. An unprecedented event. Any more evidence for or against this deceased couple, now unusable.Recommend

  • JS
    Dec 5, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Since the concept of “American Dream” is fading fast for Muslims living in USA, people like Tashfeen had all this stupid idea! What a disgrace for Muslims and in particular Pakistanis. Can Government start taking undertaking from people who take passports to go overseas that in the event of committing any internationally declared terrorism act abroad, two members of the family will be prosecuted with heavy financial penalties!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 5, 2015 - 3:42PM

    She was born in Pakistan but went to Saudi Arabia at the age of 4 where she grew up….the formative years were spent in Saudi Arabia where she married her American of Pakistani origin husband……why is Saudi Arabia’s presence being pushed to the back ?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 5, 2015 - 4:33PM

    @Aakashvaani:
    The woman lived in Saudi Arabia for most part of her life……blame Pakistan all u want but The real problem here is Saudi Arabia…Recommend

  • Bisma
    Dec 5, 2015 - 4:48PM

    RightRecommend

  • Jeff
    Dec 5, 2015 - 5:20PM

    After So many years did Her father got the citizen ship of the Saudi ? Just curious because Pakistani’s demand( I am using the word “demand” with all my consiousness) the citizen ship for the other country once they stay in any other country by marrying or by paying bribes. The life cycle of the Non Returning Pakistani is First take refugee, then marry local lady / guy, then become the citizen, then start blaming the country who give them the new life and then ask for sharia and then kill others. Thousand years you work also the Saudis does not give a damn citizen ship to the third world muslims but still for these south asian workers they are the pure masters. What a nice way :-)Recommend

  • Babloo
    Dec 5, 2015 - 6:13PM

    How ugly, inside and outside. Recommend

  • Travis
    Dec 5, 2015 - 6:23PM

    @Arshad Hussain: “…and they with the latest technologies couldn’t trace the reason”
    “Latest technology” won’t help when somebody follows a primitive ideology.Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Dec 5, 2015 - 6:25PM

    Punjab has become the incubator of radicalism and jahalat.Recommend

  • brar
    Dec 5, 2015 - 7:10PM

    Pakistan is no where in the picture the girl was raised in Saudia and the boy in US and now both of them were Americans.Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Dec 5, 2015 - 7:11PM

    How come she was shooting and was on facebook updating at the same time? Instead of a housewife she sounds like a Superwoman when I’ve heard she could hardly speak English (broken English).Recommend

  • Clown
    Dec 5, 2015 - 7:22PM

    @Arshad Hussain:
    You might want to look at career in Crime Scene Investigation, since they are not that good, you are welcome to bring in your expertise.Recommend

  • Yaqoob
    Dec 5, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Born in Pakistan. Raised in Saudi Arabia. Married and Settled in the U.S. BUT “Female attacker from DG Khan”. Recommend

  • Yaqoob
    Dec 5, 2015 - 7:34PM

    @Akashvaani: Less those two types, what are your types doing? inactively participating? or silently celebrating? the least one can do is condemn. You appear very merciless.Recommend

  • Dec 5, 2015 - 7:49PM

    @Arshad Hussain:
    I agree everything is fishy and there seems to be deep deep very deep conspiracy against Islam and the Pakistan as pakistan is the leader of Ummah Recommend

  • Prakash
    Dec 5, 2015 - 8:42PM

    @Muz: You are jumping the gun ,the case has been transferred to the FBI and they have resource to correlate and verify the trail of events and so wait for their side of story which will be more credible then all the initial reports.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 5, 2015 - 8:50PM

    @VINOD:
    Thank you for acknowledging it for a change…. Recommend

  • MSH
    Dec 5, 2015 - 10:38PM

    A shameful act by the couple against their colleagues and a country which has given them good life.Recommend

  • Ever
    Dec 5, 2015 - 11:53PM

    Why do we keep going around and around? When it helps us we make it a religion based conversation, when that doesn’t suit us we make it a country-based conversation. Let’s agree a huge crime was committed, we are clear on who did it, the very least we will do is to sympathize with the relatives of the dead.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 6, 2015 - 12:00AM

    @Muz:
    Don’t confuse others with your stupid comments. Everything you have mentioned was not from law enforcement agencies. If you have watched such terrorists acts, you would notice that many conflicting reports erupt. Believing such reports is a stupidity until everything is made clear by law enforcement agencies. In this incident not even one official said anything about terrorism or about nationality of attackers. After two days of extensive search, investigation and analysis, finally FBI declared it a terrorist act. Anything else you watched or read was un-official from hundreds of independent media outlets, most of which are always untrue. I watched this incident on CNN from the beginning for many hours and I can bet that no official said anything about the identity of terrorists.Recommend

  • Asok
    Dec 6, 2015 - 1:24AM

    @Muz
    There are enough conspiracy theories doing the rounds in Pakistan without the need to spin another one.

    Immediate eyewitness statements can be confusing because people in the thick of it are trying to escape, not observe precisely. I don’t know where you got the idea that police were looking for white males. I was listening to and watching police scanner reports within an hour of when the shooting started. The initial description of suspects was medium complexion, hispanic or middle eastern males, two, possibly three. In fact some of the people at the Inland Regional Center identified farooq from his voice, and the name Syed Farooq was already doing the rounds from 12pm on. The SUV that the police stopped is the same that the assailants drove away in from the scene of the crime, and of couese Syed and Tashneen were fully armed to the teeth and shot it out when they were stopped.

    All this is and should be enough to put any conspiracy theories to rest.Recommend

  • K.J
    Dec 6, 2015 - 2:51AM

    How ironic, for some Indians any mention of word Pakistan is a big excuse to spew hatred and other side doesn’t to want stay behind either.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Dec 6, 2015 - 6:13AM

    The European and American should not react due to Pakistanis involvement in the shooting. If as a precaution, the west and USA decides to not to give visas to Pakistanis, it is the USA’s loss! As Pakistanis can always go to China. It is even easier for than before for Pakistanis to travel to China through the new APEC silk road corridor! Be careful America and Europe.Recommend

  • ASQ
    Dec 6, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Hy Indian Dude There are more Indians than Pakistanis in USA. We have China corridoor but China has more trade with India than with Pakistan. Individual act is not the nation’s act. Your theme and other Indians notions are bssed on hate to Pakistan. We also have hatred for you but we dont propogate. This may be our negligence to respond but this is also our character. What happend in US is highly condemnable. Cilprits should be taken into task and the strings must be followed to trace the nucleus of terrorism. My and all the Pakistanis pray for innocent departed souls and standby with the aggrieved families.
    We are ourselves target of terrorism for the last thirty years by a proxy war from India and her allies. This if would happened in US I am sure India would have vanished.
    Stay blessed Recommend

  • Dec 6, 2015 - 12:22PM

    @Pakistani: Smell the satire you……SirRecommend

  • Dec 6, 2015 - 12:46PM

    @K.J:
    Dear Sir, It is fine for you to say that we spew hate but remember one day you will realise that in the entire world if there are real well wishers of Pakistan they are Indians. Though partitioned we are the members of the same family. We look alike, we eat the same food, A large number speak the same language, same customs, same beliefs, same jokes and blood relatives, close relatives are on each side of the border. Even there remains bitterness when brothers depart but they feel deep in their hearts if one suffers. I thousands of us have walked as a youngster with Tazias, visit dargahs, celebrate together and suffer together. Bitterness was low and there were no visas required till fifties. So believe us we do get angry and say bitter things to each other but we will, one day, realize our destinies are tied together and there is no escape. We request look into the causes of hate and do something. Recommend

  • Dec 6, 2015 - 5:48PM

    @K.J:
    Dear KJ I forgot to tell you a true story that may interest you. During 1971 war I was visiting a Muslim family of Hyderabad Deccan (as it was called earlier). They have been our close friends. during talks, the topic of ongoing war came up. There was a beautiful young lady sitting in the family group; she suddenly said ” Bhai Saheb my husband, a Captain in the Indian Army, is fighting in Punjab sector and my own sister’s husband is fighting against him as a fighter pilot in Pakistan Air Force (as her sister was married in Pakistan) so please tell me for whose victory should I pray. Tears were in her eyes. There was a pin drop silence. I suddenly realised under what pressure the family must have been. Have you any thing to say? Should we keep doing what we are doing to each other?Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:51AM

    @VINOD..
    ..Bhai Saheb my husband, a Captain in the Indian Army, is fighting in Punjab sector and my own sister’s husband is fighting against him as a fighter pilot in Pakistan Air Force (as her sister was married in Pakistan) so please tell me for whose victory should I pray…

    You should have corrected the ‘beautiful’ INDIAN lady and told her that she was a citizen of Indian and it should be obvious to her who to support, her husband or her brother-in-law! Also the people that her husband was fighting to protect from being raped and murdered by her brother-in-law’s country(i.e. west pakistan) were also Muslims and East Pakistanis.
    She had moral, familial (her ‘Indian’ husband should be way important than ‘Pakistan’ brother-in-law) duty to side with husband/India/Bangladeshi muslm brothers)
    Your beautiful friend is not very bright for sure.Recommend

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