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Sindh police denies issuing IS militants' list

Sindh police denies issuing IS militants' list

KARACHI: A Sindh police spokesman on Wednesday has denied a news report claiming the police issued or prepared a list of 53 Islamic State (IS)-'inspired' militants.

The spokesman in his statement categorically denied issuance of such a list by any department working under Sindh police.

A report carried by almost all the newspapers of Pakistan on Tuesday claimed that police investigators claimed to have traced more than 50 militants in Karachi ‘inspired’ by the self-styled Islamic State (also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh) which wants a presence in the country.

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The report said that the investigation arm of police (east zone) came up with a list of 53 suspected militants who operate in a manner bearing the hallmark of Daesh.

“The list prepared by the SSP investigation’s east office carries the names of the militants and their personal details. For instance, a militant named Abdullah Yousuf alias Abdul Aziz alias Saqin heads a militants’ group in Sindh which is inspired by the IS. His aides are Abdullah Mansoori and Misri Pathan of Dera Ismail Khan and Tayyab and Ali Rahman of Karachi who are engineers by profession.” said the report quoting an official.

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Earlier during the week, Inspector General Police Sindh (IGP) Ghulam Hyder Jamali told Senate committee on the interior that the group allegedly involved in Karachi’s Safoora carnage was involved with Daesh for at least a year and had been receiving instructions from one Abdul Aziz located in Syria.

Malik said Abdul Aziz, the alleged mastermind of the attack, is from the city of Jhelum in Punjab province, and lived in interior Sindh for some time before moving to Syria.

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