The Senate Standing Committee on Interior was informed on Monday that 14 people allegedly involved in Karachi’s Safoora carnage had been identified and eight of them arrested.
Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Ghulam Haider Jamali also informed a meeting of the committee presided over by its chairman, former interior minister Rehman Malik, that about 25 people were involved in the incident.
He said the accused were highly qualified, some having masters and PhD degrees in Islamic Studies, and they were influenced by the Caliphate philosophy of late religious scholar Dr Israr Ahmed. They wanted to implement the ‘Islamic Caliphate’ in the country, he added.
Mr Jamali said the accused had formed their own terrorist group and remained consecutively associated with banned militant organisations like Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Al Qaeda and the self-styled Islamic State.
He did not clarify how someone could be associated with Al Qaeda and its rival ‘Islamic State’.
During investigation, the group confessed to its involvement in 37 incidents of terrorism.
It was also involved in cases of target-killings and kidnapping for ransom in the interior of Sindh and in Karachi.