CTD to target 'women's wing' of Islamic State-inspired group in Karachi

Published: December 20, 2015


KARACHI: Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials are set to arrest the wife of Safoora attack mastermind Saad Aziz and other women part of the ‘women wing’ of an IS-inspired group operating in the metropolis, an official privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

“We were delaying their arrests because they are women,” the official said. “But now the stage has come to arrest them.”

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CTD officials claim that the women’s terror wing of the IS-inspired group is being operated by the families, particularly the wives of suspects arrested in connection with the Safoora carnage and other terrorist attacks in Karachi.

The wife and a mother-in-law of Saad Aziz, a key suspect arrested for involvement in the Safoora bus attack, the wife of retired PIA engineer Khalid Yousuf Bari (who was also arrested for involvement in the attack), the wife of Mufti Tauseef (who is an absconder in the attack) and some other women are operating a strong network, the official said. “But Khalid Yousuf Bari’s wife is playing a vital role in operating the group.”

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“Bari’s wife also used to run an organisation – Idara al-Zakra Academy comprising of nearly 20 rich women who used to generate funds in the names of donations, zakat and khairat for the terror outfits,” explained CTD in-charge Raja Omar Khattab. “The second responsibility of the women wing is to recruit the women in the organisation through sermons and videos about the IS by distributing the USBs,” he added.

CTD officials said that they have started keeping a close eye on the women wing of the terror outfit and they will be arrested soon. Apart from these, the CTD officials have also started keeping a close eye on various educational insinuations in Karachi and all of Sindh as the group has influences in various colleges, universities and other educational insinuations in the province to recruit highly-educated people in the group.

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Four highly-educated people have so far been arrested for involvement in the Safoora carnage. Gunmen shot dead 45 members of the Ismaili community during an execution style attack on their bus in Safoora Goth in May this year.

On Friday, a special unit of the police announced the arrest of a man who allegedly bankrolled the militants who carried out the grisly Safoora Goth bus attack. Adil Masood Butt as a highly educated man, having graduated (BSc) in management from Indiana University in the US before completing an MBA from Fordham University. Further, he is a member of the board of governors of the College of Accounting and Management Sciences (CAMS) in Karachi, holding around 50 per cent of shares of the institution.

Further, he is a partner in the restaurant owned by the chief suspect in the Safoora bus attack – Saad Aziz – an IBA graduate.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Dec 20, 2015 - 1:06PM

    Like i have been saying for quite some time, all Islamic orginizations must be regulated to accept gender equality, tolerance, and democracy.Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2015 - 1:32PM

    I think we should not harass women. As we can expect anything from our LEA’s. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 20, 2015 - 1:49PM

    ….and the Jamia Hafza ( woman’s seminary ) of Lal Masjid that openly supports the Daesh is left untouched…….the credibility of the government to fight religious extremism is next to zero. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:09PM

    Instead of loudly announcing it ( highly suspect )…..why don’t they just do it and then say its been done.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Dec 20, 2015 - 4:12PM

    Get them all without any wrong notion of respect due to their gender. A woman terrorist is just that a terrorist. Bullets shot by them or the bombs blasted kill and maim just the same. Get that most dangerous one that Farhat Hadhmi gal, she is mother of all this evil of terrorism through women here. Authorities must really deal with this menace ruthlessly without any discrimination, women must have equal rights as well as equal responsibilities also for their criminal anti-people and anti- Pakistanism.Recommend

  • Haroon Ch
    Dec 20, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Extremist groups activities are the base of all the terrorism.
    Shias Point out Fingers at Wahabis and Wahabis and Deobandis But The complexity of the issue require that all the people following different faiths MUST respect the faiths of others and avoid targeting any Group or Sect.
    Any Body who promotes the activities of Banned Organizations MUST be opposed by all with out any discrimination.Recommend

  • Wizarat
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:16PM

    Pakistan, the land of the brave, do not have a prosecutor for the Safoora goth massacre yet, as the ones who were assigned resigned too scared to prosecute criminal/murderers.
    Send them to military courts.

    BTW, why don’t you guys put some billboards announcing suspects?

    Women folks are more lethal than men take a look at San Barnardino, California shooting. She (Tashfeen Malik) went from Karachi via Multan too.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 2, 2016 - 3:17AM

    How long this Safoora case will be dragged. Why action is not even initiated against Jamia Hafza of Islamabad and Mulla AzizRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 5, 2016 - 2:39AM

    @Parvez:Even Mulla Aziz Burqa Posh is also roaming about freely. How long will it take to arrest and brought to justice of Safoora carnage.Almost nine months have passed and we hear such and such person is arrested. Public wants results. Recommend

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