QUETTA: Security forces on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two Ansarul Shariah men in two separate raids in Quetta city and Pishin district of Balochistan province, sources told ARY News.
According to ARY News correspondent Shahid Rind, the two men, namely Professor Mushtaq and Mufti Habib, were arrested from the province during intelligence based operations.
The duo are said to be teachers of Ansarul Shariah members arrested from Karachi.
Professor Mushtaq reportedly taught at Karachi University while Mufti Habib ran two seminaries in Karachi and Hyderabad.
Police and security forces have already arrested the head of the proscribed organisation and some of his aides after the attack on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan.
The group’s chief was arrested yesterday during an intelligence based operation in Karachi’s Gulzar-e-Hijri area.
The man name Shehryar – alias Dr Abdullah Hashmi – told the investigators that Ansarul Shariah was formed back in 2015 and made several attempts to link the group with global terror outfit Al-Qaeda after establishing contacts with one of its operative in Karachi named Abdullah Baloch.
However, he told the investigators that the group was asked to generate funds and operate by themselves, adding that Abdullah had been residing in Karachi till 2012 but left for Afghanistan following a raid at his residence.
The Ansarul Shariah chief admitted receiving militancy training in Shorawak area of Helmand province, Afghanistan and his group comprised 10 to 12 people mostly students from University of Karachi, Dawood University of Engineering & Technology, and NED University of Engineering and Technology.
He confessed his group targeting police personnel to receive recognition and prove its mettle in carrying out terror plot.
Commenting on slain assailant who attacked Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan, Shehryar said that Ahsan had too received militancy training from Afghanistan and was an electronic engineer.
The Ansar ul Shariah chief further told investigators that 27-year-old Ahsan s/o Waleed was a faculty member at Dawood University of Engineering & Technology and used to donate half of his salary to the organization.