Police in Pakistan arrests student raising funds for militant group

By Our Staff Reporter

Islamabad:

A university student in Pakistan was arrested on charges of having links with global terrorist groups and sending money to the feared Islamic State terrorists in Syria, police said Monday.

Muhammad Omer Bin Khalid, who is studying at Karachi’s renowned NED University of Engineering and Technology, was arrested while trying to leave Karachi by train, according to the Sindh Police Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

“He’s a final year student at the NED University of Engineering and Technology. This student has been involved in sending money to the families of militants linked to the Islamic State Group in Syria. He used to hand over the money in cash to one Zia in Hyderabad, who had converted it into dollars before sending it to Syria,” said CTD Deputy Police Inspector General Omar Shahid Hamid.

He said as per initial estimates, Omer has already sent over one million rupees to terrorists.

“We detained him initially and seized two mobile phones from him and also a laptop on December 17 last year. At the time, however, the suspect was released on bail as the CTD had no concrete evidence against him,” the officer said.

“But forensic examination of the seized gadgets later confirmed the suspect had links with persons who collected funds from Pakistan and sent them to IS militants in Syria. The report also established that he was in direct contact with suspected terrorists in Pakistan and Syria through their families,” Hamid said.

He said many people were sending money to the IS terrorists in Syria by converting them into Bitcoin crypto-currency.

“Jihadi families” in Syria have established Twitter accounts through which they demand funds. Many social media apps are being used for coordination, Hamid said, adding that women are being used to generate funds for terror groups.

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