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How come an IBA student became Sabeen Mahmud’s alleged killer?

Saad Aziz playing Holi in a picture dating back to his days as a student at IBA


 Related read: IBA grad’s alleged involvement in Sabeen murder case triggers intense Twitter debate

Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had stated yesterday that the mastermind and participants of the Safoora Chowrangi bus attack had been apprehended and after questioning, revealed to be behind various other attacks in the city. The same outfit was behind the cold blooded murder of T2F activist Sabeen Mahmud, as well as the attack on American professor Debra Lobo.

Sabeen Mahmud, director of T2F

People who studied with Saad Aziz (aka Tin Tin aka John) at IBA say he was a normal student and showed no signs of militancy — a teacher also had the same view. The most apalling fact regarding the suspected mastermind of Sabeen’s attack, whose name is Saad Aziz, is that he is a graduate of IBA (Institute of Business Administration). Before that he studied at the Beaconhouse School System and completed his A levels at The Lyceum, one of Karachi’s elite private schools.

On IBA’s main website, Saad Aziz’s name is also included in the list of students who entered the esteemed university in fall semester 2007 and graduated in 2011. By the afternoon of May 21, interest in him on social media had grown so much that he was trending at No 2 on Twitter — just under #AxactFightsBack (see below).




The Facebook page of the Karachi restaurant where Saad Aziz used to work


A snapshot of some of the Facebook groups that Saad Aziz is a member of — includes two on food


One of the photographs on Saad Aziz’s Facebook page — that of Batman character ‘The Joker’


Favourite quotes — taken from Saad Aziz’s Facebook page



Saad Aziz was a student of IBA
Saad’s name in IBA’s official website stating that he was part of the batch that had graduated in 2011.
The Ismaili bus which was ambushed by militants in Karachi.
Inside view of the carnage that took place in the bus.

As soon as the news broke regarding the ‘educated terrorists’ being apprehended, Pakistan’s twitterati offered their views on the micro blogging site regarding Saad Aziz.


One particular tweet also pointed out to a radical Facebook group titled The Defiance, of which Aziz was a member.


It must also be borne in mind that IBA is a reputable institute from where Pakistan’s current President Mamnoon Hussain and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz studied from.


Saad Aziz is the master-mind of Sabeen Mahmud… by arynews


Who are the other suspects?

Tahir Hussain Minhas

The Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah revealed Saad Aziz’s name during a press conference on May 20. In that he also said that the alleged mastermind of the attack on the bus carrying Ismailis in which 47 people died is Tahir Hussain Minhas. He has several aliases and these include ‘Sain Nazir’, ‘Zahid’, ‘Khalil’, ‘Shaukat’ and ‘Mota’. He said Minhas studied up the matric level and has been involved in terror activities since 1998. A police press release he was a “trained terrorist with expertise in making bombs and using arms such as RPG-7s and Kalashnikovs” and that he had “personally met Osama Bin Ladin and Ayman AL Zawahiri several times”.

According to research conducted by ARY News, Minhas was accused in 2007 of being involved in the killing of a local Hindu man in Sindh and his family members were also detained. Police had also in the past said that he was a member of the banned group Harkatul Mujahideen.

Azfar Ishrat

Another suspect named by the chief minister is Mohammad Azfar Ishrat alias Maajid who he said is an engineer with a degree from Karachi’s Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology. The police say that he has been involved in terrorist activities since 2011, and is trained in making bombs and electronic circuits for their timers.

Hafiz Nasir

The fourth suspect mentioned by the Sindh chief minister is Hafiz Nasir alias Yasir, who has a master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Karachi. The police say that he has been involved in terrorist activities since 2013 and is an expert in “brainwashing and motivating people for Jihadi activities”.

The chief minister said that other than the attack on the bus carrying Ismailis, they were also involved in the murder of Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi, the firing on American academic Debra Lobo (also in Karachi), a bomb attack on a naval officer and a suicide attack on a Rangers brigadier, grenade attacks on schools in Karachi and throwing pamphlets there, targeted killings of the Bohri community in the Karachi neighbourhoods of Arambagh, North Nazimabad, Bahadurbad, attacks on police vans at various places in Karachi such as M A Jinnah Road, Arambagh, Gulberg, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, NIPA Chowrangi, North Nazimabad and targeted killings of Sindh police officials in the city’s Gulistan-i-Jauhar, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Shah Faisal Colony and Landhi areas.



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