Spain deports Pakistani man over alleged links with Islamic State


ISLAMABAD: Spain on Wednesday deported a Pakistani national for alleged links with Islamic State terrorist group, also known as Daesh.

The authorities at New Islamabad Airport arrested the man on his arrival here.

According to media reports, Afzal Ahmed, a resident of Kharian city in Gujrat District, along with his two brothers, was arrested on July 1, 2016, in Spain over alleged involvement in terrorist attacks and for spreading extremism.

They were arrested in a raid on their home in the North Eastern city of Lleida.

The three brothers, aged between 25 and 34, were kept in detention for two years and later released on July 29 this year.

Afzal Ahmed, however, was arrested again after being called in at a police station and later deported to Pakistan.

According to Spanish police, the brothers operated several social media accounts which they used to upload videos praising group executions carried out by Islamic State, the Taliban and other Pakistani extremist groups.

Police said the brothers had gathered a large group of followers in their attempts to spread extremist ideology.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested the suspect upon arriving at the Islamabad airport for interrogation.