Why Pakistan's jihadists are joining ISIS, deserting Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah
Why Pakistan's jihadists joining ISIS, deserting Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah
Lahore: This is likely to ring alarm bells for 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
In a major development, Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah's (JuD) activists are joining ISIS and eight of them were arrested by intelligence agencies who raided a hideout of the terror group in Pakistan's Punjab province.
"The arrested ISIS militants were earlier the activists of Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah," Dawn newspaper reported, citing intelligence reports and officials.
A team of personnel from intelligence agencies and Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department raided a house on a tip off on the outskirts of Sialkot, some 120 kms from here, in wee hours on Monday and arrested eight members of ISIS which has yet to 'openly' declare its presence in Pakistan, officials said.
He said a good quantity of weapons and explosives, and hate literature have been recovered from the house.
Originally the suspects belonged to Jamaat-ud Dawah, but later joined hands with the ISIS.
However, JuD has denied the report of its members joining ISIS, saying it has no links with the Middle Eastern group and it was against the outfit's philosophy.
(With agency inputs)