Mastermind of Safoora carnage received funding from IS: JIT report

Published: October 14, 2015
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KARACHI: A joint interrogation team (JIT) report on the mastermind of the deadliest attack on the Ismaili community in the metropolis, the Safoora carnage, revealed that the group was receiving funding from the Islamic State (IS) also known as Da’esh.

The JIT report on the mastermind, Tahir Hussain Minhas, who established his own group linked with Da’esh, revealed that the group was receiving funds from different countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. “The group has remained in touch with IS,” said an official privy to the matter. “This group comprised at least 53 members, who previously belonged to different militant outfits, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and alQaeda.”

Minhas revealed that Abdullah Bin Yousuf alias Abdul Aziz alias Saqib is the chief of IS in Pakistan, while Omar Afzal alias Jawad is the alQaeda Sindh chapter chief, adding that Abdullah Bin Yousuf is leading the group in Pakistan.

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The report further revealed that Abdullah Mansoori and Mistari Pathan hailed from Dera Ismail Khan while Tayyab and Ali Rehman, who are qualified engineers, belonged to Karachi.

Earlier, on Monday, Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali, while briefing a parliamentary panel, said that the IS group was active in the province and that the ultra-extremist Middle Eastern group had links with the banned sectarian militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He had said that investigations into the Safoora carnage revealed that Abdul Aziz, the kingpin of the group, had escaped to Syria and was involved in almost all the recent terror attacks along with his lieutenant, Azhar Minhas.

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Another such report suggests that nearly 10 banned militant outfits are operating in the city. These are Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat, Tehreek-e-Taliban Mohmand, Tehreek-e-Taliban Shaheryar, al-Qaeda, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jundullah and Foreign Militant Organisation. These militant organisations are being operated by 66 commanders and each commander’s group comprises five to six members.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • ishtiaq
    Oct 14, 2015 - 9:23AM

    need to eliminate such terrorist hope general rahil has to go for finishRecommend

  • Sam
    Oct 14, 2015 - 10:16AM

    Hindsight is always 20-20. What these security folks are doing to pre vet such things? Rangers is there in Karachi for ages and yet something big happens right under their nose. They are reactionary entity and country need proactive departments. Start from corrupt officials who are either directly or indirectly helping the terrorists. Recommend

  • bahaha
    Oct 14, 2015 - 10:25AM

    Saudia has lost control over its own moneyRecommend

  • Saleem
    Oct 14, 2015 - 10:56AM

    I agree with @Sam. They should bring the investigation to conclusion. At minimum, the Altaf fiasco should be closed once and for all. It would also set an example for other big wigs that sooner or later , they can come under grip . Such a precedent is missing and very much needed in country now.Recommend

  • kamran khan
    Oct 14, 2015 - 11:57AM

    they must be bring to book as early as possible.they all are callious persons.they must not spare at any cost.they are wolf in sheep cloth .specially in karachi rangers must play their prioactive role.Recommend

  • Malik
    Oct 14, 2015 - 12:01PM

    Am not sure why this is dragging unnecessarily. This must conclude asap to give due punishment to the criminals.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 14, 2015 - 1:14PM

    Its high time we realized who our friends are….and who our enemy.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Oct 14, 2015 - 4:29PM

    But Pakistan’s very efficient and capable investigation agencies found RAW was behind the carnage within minutes after the incident. Someone is clearly not happy with the performance of these investigation agencies and is trying to destroy their morale.Recommend

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