Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali on Monday informed the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior that Daesh or the self-styled Islamic State and the banned Sunni terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) were linked to each other.
Referring to the Safoora attack suspects, he said they had been involved with Daesh for at least a year and had been receiving instructions from one Abdul Aziz located in Syria.
Six laptops containing sensitive information which were recovered from the suspects have been decrypted, he said, adding that the development will help in the progress of the investigation. A ‘hit-list’ of to-be-targeted officials was also recovered from the Safoora suspects, he said.
Jamali said that during the past year, 166 al Qaeda affiliated terrorists, 644 other terrorists and 186 members of Lyari gangs had been arrested in Karachi.
He further claimed that 100 per cent of all high-profile murder cases, including those of Parveen Rehman and Abbas Kumaili’s son, have been solved. He added that there has been a 98 per cent decline in cases of kidnapping for ransom and theft.
The IGP said that senior police official Chaudhry Aslam Khan, who was killed in January last year, had been targeted by al Qaeda.
Chairing the meeting, PPP leader and Senator Rehman Malik constituted a sub-committee to probe the ‘unknown Rangers’ advertisement. He directed the sub-committee to find those responsible for the ad.
Malik also said that Indian Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a terrorist organisation, and that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief terrorist.