ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Sindh IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali has revealed that 25-member gang was involved in the Safoora Goth attack in Karachi that left at least 45 people dead.
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The IGP was briefing the Senate committee on Monday, which was made to probe the tragic incident.
He revealed before the committee – headed by Pakistan People’s Party Senator Rehman Malik – that a 25-member gang was behind the planning of tragic incident few months back.
He told the committee that the gang was run by a suspect named Abdul Aziz who is highly educated and resident of Hyderabad, Pakistan, and was motivated to add more educated people to its group.
Jamali further said that Abdul Aziz had been working for ISIS since last one year in Syria.
He revealed that 14 suspects of Safoora incident have already been identified.
On May 13, 2015, eight gunmen attacked a bus traveling in Safoora Goth, Karachi in Pakistan. The shooting left at least 45 people dead. Most of the victims were of the Ismaili Shia Muslim minority, suggesting the attack was a targeted killing of sectarian nature.
The banned militant group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the shooting. The gunmen hailed from Afghanistan. Pamphlets supporting ISIL, with whom Jundallah claims allegiance, were also found at the crime scene. However, the Pakistani government ruled out the connection of ISIL in the attack, stating that the group does not have a physical presence in the country.
Numerous Pakistani government and media reports have also claimed the backing of a foreign hand, mainly India’s Research and Analysis Wing, behind the attack. India has denied the allegations.