Govt Oblivious to Daesh's presence in Lahore - Multiple Cases of Masses Joining Daesh (IS)

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 31 December 2015 15:06

LAHORE: Frequent reports are coming in of people missing or arrested trying to either flee the country to join the self-style Islamic State of Syria and Iraq or having links with the banned outfit.

In a recent event, the law enforcement agencies claim to have arrested a person with alleged links to banned militant group Islamic State (Daesh).

The suspect identified as Mehr Hamid was working as superabundant in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and arrested in a raid from Johar Town area of Lahore.

According to media reports Hamid is accused of providing sensitive information of public documents to ISIS/ISIL while his wife, Farhana, worked as a recruiter for the terrorist group.

In the last few months Farhana sent at least ten fighters to Syria to join ISIS and she herself flew to Syria as well.

Reports further said while quoting unnamed sources that an FIR of Farhana’s abduction was also registered in Wahdat Colony police station on the complain of a person named as Imran. Two other FIRs of kidnappings of the ten missing people, who allegedly went to Syria to fight for Islamic State group, have also been registered in Hanjarwal and Township police stations.

It is also pertinent to be mentioned here that raid comes just days after Counter Terrorism Department arrested eight IS-linked people from Sialkot’s Daska Tehsil. The suspects were previously associated with Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa group.

A detailed report par 'The News' explained how a female honorary principal at Noor-ul-Hudaa Islamic Center, in September, left home along with her four children telling her husband that she was going to Kasur for Dars-e-Quran. Instead she joined the Islamic State (Daesh) and became the main recruiter for them in the Punjab region.

Incidentally, two other ladies with their children from Lahore went missing the same day as of Bushra, the principal. One of them was the sister of an anchor who reported her disappearance to Police after failing to search them through personal connections.

Apparently, the government is in a state of denial about Daesh’s presence but the efforts are in progress on ground with some major breakthroughs have been achieved which are being kept unannounced though.

A civilian intelligence agency has reported that around 20 men, women and children connected with Bushra’s network left for Islamic State raising alarms about Lahore as a launching pad of Daesh. The clandestine activities have also been noted in Karachi, however, this migration to Islamic State has only been reported from Lahore.

So far it has been established that the militant group is using WhatsApp, Skype as medium of contact persuading like-minded people to join their so-called jihad.

In another event, a widow before moving to Islamic State, sent her son on a fact-finding mission who visited Syria along with a friend. Both of them were unemployed.

They reported positively upon return that resulted in a decision to move there as a family that included Arshi, two sons, a niece and a daughter-in-law. Arshi’s family moved in May along with another family comprising husband, wife and a daughter. Shahid, the husband is also believed to be linked with Bushra’s family. Same is the case of Sajid who is in export and import business and has been frequenting to Turkey.

Aasia, another teacher at the Islamic center, wanted to leave for Syria but changed her plan at the eleventh hour upon the insistence of her brother with whom she has been staying along with kids after divorce, according to a report of a civilian agency that chronicled the events and network connection to determine the pattern and flow of migration.

How many Pakistanis have moved to Syria to join Deash remains anybody’s guess? Investigation into the recent arrests of Daesh-linked individuals from Sialkot has also established their travel plans and the preparation of passport was the only cause of delay and meanwhile they were arrested.

'The News' crime correspondent from Lahore adds: Police are still clueless to the whereabouts of the children and women of three families who were allegedly kidnapped some six months before in the jurisdictions of Township, Hunjerwal and Wahdat Colony police stations. All three families belong to a religious outfit.

Bushra Cheema alias Haleema Apa and her four children were kidnapped in June and a case has been registered in Township police station. In Hunjerwal police station cases of kidnapping of Fatima and Farhana were registered while in Wahdat Colony police station one Imran got registered a case of kidnapping of a woman and her five children. When contacted, CCPO Muhammad Amin has said the three kidnappings happened in July and there is no information about their joining a terror outfit.

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