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India-Pakistan
Fazl wants parliament informed about army chief's Kabul visit
2016-01-04
[DAWN] Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
, the extremely fat chief of his own faction of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
, has called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
to take parliament into confidence about the army chief's visit to Afghanistan on Dec 27.

Speaking at a presser at the party's secretariat on Sunday, he said the prime minister should explain whether or not Gen Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
had proceeded to Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
with his permission.

"I am sure that such high-level talks can't take place without the prime minister's consent," the JUI-F chief said when informed that federal ministers had expressed their ignorance in the Senate about the outcome of Gen Raheel's meetings in Kabul.

The army chief held talks with the Afghan leadership and reportedly offered Pakistain's role in ending insurgency in that country.

Maulana Fazl said if Pakistain could play a role in reconciliation, the Afghan government should take advantage of it and come up with a positive response. It was a very positive approach by Pakistain for bringing peace to Afghanistan, he added.

He said tension between Pakistain and India had eased after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lahore last month. He said parliament should hold a candid debate on the country's relations with Afghanistan and India.
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India-Pakistan
India, Pakistan to talk about Kashmir
2015-12-12
There's less here than it sounds...
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the National Assembly on Friday that talks with India on all issues including Kashmir, Siachan, Sir Creek, easing tension on borders and other matters will start next month for normalisation of relations.

While giving a policy statement, he said foreign secretaries of both Pakistan and India would meet next month to set priorities. Opinion from house committees will be solicited and their guidance will also be sought in this regard, Sartaj Aziz remarked.

Meanwhile, the decision to hold India-Pakistan comprehensive dialogue following Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's meetings during visit here this week has been largely welcomed by the media and analysts, though certain politicians and former diplomats believe the joint statement issued after these meetings tilted towards India.

Opposition in the National Assembly, in particular Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf of Imran Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam's Maulana Fazlur Rehman demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should brief the assembly about what transpired during talks with the Indian delegation and in the Heart of Asia conference.

Former senior diplomat Shamshad Ahmed who had authored the agenda of composite dialogue in 1998, acknowledged that resumption of talks was a happy development. However, he expression apprehensions over the expression "Comprehensive bilateral dialogue" used in the joint statement. "I believe this is a clear device introduced by India to exclude the Kashmiri representation in the process," he said.
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India-Pakistan
Issues solved through talks, not wars: Fazl-ur-Rehman
2015-12-10
[NATION.PK] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
(JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
today said, globally issues were solved just only through negotiations and dialogues.

Talking to media outside the Parliament House he said, dialogue ensures optimum way to resolve the issues between India and Pakistain as no problem can be addressed through war.

He said that the Heart of Asia Conference, hosted by Pakistain and attended by high-ranking delegations from 14 participating states, 17 supporting countries, 12 international and regional organizations, and foreign ministers from ten countries, was a positive development to address different regional and bilateral issues.

He said it was an appropriate platform to understand point of views of the participant countries, on important regional as well as international issues. He said that Pakistain has important role in the region and all participant countries have endorsed the fact, by fully attending the conference.

To a question, he said, "it is our point of view that India should not have right and option to start and stop the dialogue process." To another question, he expressed the hope that presence of Indian Foreign Minister in Pakistain would help resume the stalled dialogue process between the two neighboring countries.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F pledges full support to army against any external aggression
2015-12-01
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
, addressing what appeared to be one of the biggest gatherings organised by the party in Sindh, on Sunday threw his party's weight behind the army chief "in defending every inch of the country's territory" in the face of a threat from the US and its allies.

Besides him, a host of leaders including Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidery, Maulana Saeed Yousuf, Maulana Mohammed Amjad Khan, Syed Salman Gillani, Nayab Sarkash Sindhi (of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz), Qari Mohammed Usman, Malik Sikandar (from Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
), Rashid Mehmood Soomro and Nasir Mehmood Soomro spoke to the participants at the gathering titled 'Shaheed-e-Islam conference' held to pay tribute to JUI-F leader Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro on his first death anniversary.

The conference was held in the Peoples Stadium which was packed with JUI-F leaders, activists and supporters who came from across the country. Delegations from from other countries including the United Kingdom, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, Yemen, Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
and Dubai also participated in the conference.

The JUI-F chief paid tribute to Dr Soomro for his services to Islam, the Ummah and Pakistain, and strongly condemned his liquidation which, he said, was part of the West's conspiracy to replace Muslim rulers with liberal ones around the world. He also made mention of terrorist attacks on himself, Akram Khan Durrani and other JUI-F leaders as well as Learned Elders of Islam over the past few years in the country.
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India-Pakistan
Federal minister escapes attack on life in Bannu
2015-11-27
BANNU: Federal Minister Akram Khan Durrani narrowly escaped an attack on his life after an improvised explosive device hit his convoy in Bannu on Thursday, killing two policemen.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Bakakhel police station said that Akram Khan Durrani, a JUI-F stalwart and the federal minister for Housing and Works, was on his way to Bannu after holding a political rally in Bakakhel area when his convoy came under attack. “Five more people were injured in the blast but the minister remained unhurt,” confirmed the SHO.

Security forces reached the blast site soon after the attack and cordoned off the area, while the injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu.

Police said the killed were identified as Ehsan s/o Ghulam Daud and Arif s/o Ejaz. The injured were identified as Abid Khan, driver of an ambulance, Shireen Khan, tubewell operator, and Abdul Rauf dispenser.

This was the first such attack on Durrani. However, party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been previously targeted thrice in suicide attacks.

Last year, the JUI-F chief survived a suicide attack on his convoy in Quetta but an activist of his party was killed and 22 others wounded.

Back in October, a similar IED blast killed a tribal leader Syed Ali in Nullah Tochi area of the district. Syed Ali and his son were passing by the area in a vehicle when a remote-controlled IED detonated.

President Mamnoon Hussain strongly condemned attack on the convoy of Durrani.

In a statement, the president said a decisive action was being taken to overcome the unrest despite cowardly attacks by the terrorists. He prayed for forgiveness of those martyred in the attack and courage for the bereaved families to bear the loss with fortitude.

He also directed the authorities concerned to provide best possible medical facilities for treatment of the injured persons.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also strongly condemned the attack. The prime minister, who is in Malta to represent Pakistan at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also expressed sorrow over the death of two men in the attack.
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India-Pakistan
Religious forces ready to defend country: Fazl
2015-11-21
MANSEHRA: Chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman has urged the military leadership that if the country will ever face an outside aggression or a challenge to its existence the religious forces will stand with the army.

At the same time, he criticised secular forces in the country, saying they would not be helpful in difficult times.

Addressing a public meeting in Chaterplane area near Mansehra on Thursday, the JUI-F chief said these “bearded men wearing turbans” would fight “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the army whenever the country would face a threat.

Addressing Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, he claimed that “secular forces which now seem to be close to him will never come to protect the country”.

The Maulana expressed his displeasure over using of the word ‘liberal’ for the country by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a recent speech, saying that Pakistan came into existence in the name of Islam.

Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2015
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India-Pakistan
Army statement not a warning, says Fazl
2015-11-13
[Dawn] PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that recent statement by military commanders about the National Action Plan (NAP) should not be viewed as a warning but should be taken in “a positive sense”.

Talking to media personnel here before attending a tribal jirga on Thursday, he said that apex committees were the appropriate forums to discuss national issues, including implementation of NAP.

“Take statement of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) positively... it should not be considered a warning,” he said when asked about the press release issued after the corps commanders’ meeting in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

“Apex committees exist and such issues can be discussed there,” he said, adding that the army chief could not issue directives to the prime minister.

The apex committees, comprising civilian and military leaders, have been set up at the federal level and in the four provinces to take decisions regarding terrorism and governance.

He said the government had tasked the army with restoring peace in Karachi, Balochistan and Fata and if bad governance was an issue and a hindrance to NAP’s implementation then an institution could send its proposals to the government.

Addressing the grand jirga convened by JUI-F to discuss problems being faced by the people of Fata, Maulana Fazl criticised some political parties and a group of Fata lawmakers for campaigning for integration of tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that some political parties were trying to sabotage the efforts of the grand jirga which had been mandated in 2012 to work for peace in Fata.

All major political parties like Awami National Party, Jamaat-i-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf and other groups are in favour of merger of Fata with KP. The ANP has announced its support for a rally to be taken out on Nov 16 for Fata reforms.

The JUI-F chief said that any decision relating to Fata should be taken after consultations with tribal elders.

He said that tribal elders had reservations over the six-member committee set up by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to finalise recommendations about Fata reforms. Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz is head of the committee.

The jirga asked Maulana Fazl to hold talks with the prime minister and convey its reservations over Fata issues to him.
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India-Pakistan
MQM deadlock
2015-09-06
[DAWN] THE government's efforts to convince the MQM to return to parliament hit a snag on Thursday as the Muttahida broke off parleys in an abrupt fashion. The MQM -- which resigned from parliament last month to protest what it considers is the victimisation of its leaders and workers under the cover of the Rangers-led Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
operation -- left the talks as the party felt the prime minister was too "helpless" to address its concerns. The move has surprised the PML-N as well as Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
, whom the ruling party mandated to negotiate with the MQM.

In the MQM's case, it is not clear what the party seeks to achieve by quitting parliament and closing the avenues of dialogue. For one thing, it is unfair for the party to accuse the PML-N of non-seriousness where acceptance of its demands is concerned. After all, if the ruling party wished it could have accepted the Muttahida politicians' resignations in August.The fact that the federal government has made efforts to engage the MQM appears to show the PML-N's sincerity. For its part, the government should speed up formation of the proposed committee to look into the MQM's genuine grievances about the Karachi operation. The Muttahida, on the other hand, should shed its rigid posture and concentrate on the upcoming LG polls in Sindh. For while the party scrambles to generate coherent responses to the many crises that confront it, its political opponents are taking advantage of the situation and planning to make electoral gains. For example, at a recent meeting in Hyderabad organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
, a number of parties decided to form an anti-MQM electoral alliance to contest LG polls in the Sindh city. Should the Muttahida cede ground by leaving electoral space open, it will have few to blame but itself. To prove it has severed all links with Lion of Islam elements and is solely concerned with fighting its battles at the ballot box, the MQM needs to formulate a policy for the LG polls.
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India-Pakistan
MQM opts out of dialogue again, says resignations final
2015-09-04
[DAWN] Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) in an emergency presser called early Thursday morning announced its decision to withdraw from talks with the government once again, alleging that the government was not serious about the dialogue process.

The party had simultaneously resigned from the National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly last month over what it said were "excesses" committed by security forces against its workers and members during the Rangers-led operation in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
.

Following the party's resignation from the three legislative floors, the government was reluctant in accepting the resignations and tasked Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
--Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
to hold talks with MQM in an attempt to persuade the party to withdraw its resignations.

But talks broke down abruptly almost immediately after they began when an liquidation attempt was made in Karachi on MQM MNA Rashid Godil, whose driver was killed in the gun attack. The attack had happened as Maulana was holding talks with an MQM delegation at Nine Zero in Karachi.
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India-Pakistan
Fazl arrives in Karachi to push for MQM's return to Parliament
2015-08-18
[DAWN] The chief of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-- F (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
, reached Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Monday evening where he is scheduled to hold talks with the disgruntled Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) leaders who resigned from Parliament last week in protest over excesses committed during the Rangers-led security operation in Karachi.

Fazl has been tasked to sooth the MQM politicians and convince them to take back their resignations. He is expected to hold a meeting with MQM officials tomorrow at Nine Zero.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F chief tasked to woo MQM lawmakers back to parliament
2015-08-14
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
on Thursday was tasked with the responsibility to convince Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) politicians to withdraw their resignations submitted a day earlier.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
chaired a meeting of the parliamentary leaders to discuss the matter of resignations submitted by MQM politicians.

After the meeting, Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressed mediapersons outside Parliament House and said that Khursheed Shah had tasked him with the responsibility "to contact the increasingly corpulentAltaf Hussain
..The head of MQM in Pakistain, who has lived in London and hasn't laid eyes on Pakistain since Caesar made corporal. Judging from the size of him,he may be a Hutt...
and MQM leadership so that they agree to take back their resignations and return to parliament."

He said MQM's actions could cause a political crisis and that he will make efforts to defuse the situation.

The JUI-F further said that he will consult constitutional experts before approaching MQM politicians and added that positives signs had also been received from the MQM.

Fazl said that he had already stated obvious his stance on the situation that once the resignations are submitted or are sent to the speaker's chamber, then the resignations cannot be taken back as per rules of constitution.
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Bangladesh
Militant leader wanted to fight poverty with jihad
2015-06-26
[Dhaka Tribune] The chief of recently emerged Bangladesh Jihadi Group had launched the krazed killer platform as a means of changing his financial condition by sending members to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, detectives say.

Md Asaduzzaman alias Milon alias Milu alias Abdullah alias Anik, the suspected commander of the group jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on Wednesday, was unable to bear the family needs with Tk100 that he used to get by assisting a lawyer.

At the court, Asad had met with the brother of Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B
Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west.
) chief Maulana Abdur Rouf and soon became close to work together.

The group also planned robbing banks to raise funds. But most of its members including the second-in-command, Maulana Nurullah Kashemi, were arrested before committing the robbery at a private bank in Saidpur.

Both Asad and Kashemi met with Rouf at the jail before launching the platform in October last year, officials at the Detective Branch of police say.

Asad completed his LLB from Darul Ihsan University, but did not get a job anywhere. He then started working as an assistant of a lawyer at the Dhaka Judge's Court. But since the pay was tiny, he had to lend money from his relatives and other lawyers.

"He was feeling helpless, and at some point decided to change the society and the people through jihad," DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told news hounds yesterday.

Brother of the HuJIB chief often went to the court to deal with Rouf's cases and came in contact with Asad.

Kashemi had served as resident preacher at a mosque while staying in Kuwait. Returning home recently, he opened a branch of Al-Azhar University of Egypt. But failing to make profit from the business, he shut it down. He later started writing Islamic books and giving sermons at different religious functions. During his bad times, Kashemi contacted a number of people to do something significant for Islam, but none supported him. Then he met Asad, who took him to Rouf.

The group was recruiting students from madrasas and private universities with radical views as members, and working to send them to the Middle East as IS fighters after training in Shariatpur and some bordering areas in the northern part of the country.

"Asad was planning to go abroad to collect funds," Monirul said.

The platform had invited the members of all banned and little-known krazed killer organizations to work together to establish a Shariah state by undermining the democratic process, castigating the rulers and terrorising the secular forces and the law enforcers.

A team of counter-terrorism and transnational crime unit of the DB police arrested Asad and Firoz Md Tomal, the key financier of Bangladesh Jihadi Group, during a drive in the capital's Mohammadpur area.

Detectives also recovered three foreign pistols, 16 rounds of bullet, 1kg explosives and two laptops from their possessions, Monirul said.

A case was filed against the arrestees with Mohammadpur police under the Anti-Terrorism Act. They were placed on a five-day remand yesterday by a Dhaka court.

The duo were arrested on information given by the nine members of the group including Kashemi held on June 7. Their explosives suppliers, a lab assistant of Dhaka University and three others, were arrested on June 16.

Ex-defence, police trained recruits

As part of their plan to provide extensive training to the new recruits, the Jihadi Group leaders were trying to convince terminated and retired officials of different forces to work as trainers, Monirul said adding that some of them had already agreed to assist the group.

Once the training was completed, their target was to send the members to Syria to work for IS. On return, they were supposed to work to establish Shariah rule in Bangladesh.

Tomal financed

Hailing from a rich family, Tomal had completed graduation on electrical engineering at Independent University of Bangladesh. His father, an assistant commissioner of customs, has at least 17 houses and flats in the capital. Tomal used to collect the rents, Monirul said.

"Tomal used to finance the outfit through Asad. But as it was difficult to run the outfit only by one financier, they were planning to conduct bank robbery."

Both the arrestees admitted that Tomal owned the recovered pistols.

Sanowar Hossain, additional deputy commissioner of DB police, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had got identities of 25-30 members of the group and hoped that the others would be arrested
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