Prime News, International (Kabul), April 6:- Afghanistan security forces have revealed that Aslam Farooqi, the leader of the Khorasan branch of ISIS involved in the deadly attack on Kabul Gurudwara, was caught along with 18 terrorists after six days of continuous operation by security forces in Kandahar.
Afghan security forces revealed that during interrogation all the arrested terrorists have revealed that they were in touch with Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and were involved in plotting another major attack in Kashmir and Indian assets in Afghanistan. Aslam Farooqi has confessed his strong relationship with ISI.
Ahmad, a commander of National Directorate of Security (NDS) special forces, who led the operation to arrest Aslam Farooqi, told that the operation was the most complex and precise one he had carried out in his seven years of duty.
‘We originally intended to arrest an explosives and weapons supplier named Shah Wali who was active in Kandahar. Shah Wali’s arrest opened the way for further successive operations in Kandahar. Our operation lasted six days and nights, and we carried out twelve operations and we carried them slowly because they (enemies) had moved to civilian areas,” Ahmad told Tolo News.
The arrest of Aslam Farooqi is a great success for the security forces. ISKP has become quite active over the past few years with the help of Pakistan. After the peace agreement between the US and the Taliban, two major terrorist attacks have been launched by ISPK. The first attack was launched on the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, which claimed the lives of 32 people and the second attack was carried out on Kabul Gurudwara, in which 25 people died. The responsibilities for both the attacks were claimed by ISKP.
Pakistani national Farooq was earlier associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehreek-e-Taliban and was operating as the commander of Daesh’s military wing in Pakistan’s Peshawar city and was deployed in Abdul Khel valley of Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar. Last year he replaced Mawlawi Zia-ul-Haq aka Abu Omar Khorasani as ISKP chief.
Aslam Farooqi has close ties with other terrorist networks, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani Network. As per intelligence officials from Kabul and Delhi, on the instruction of Haqqani network Lashkar-e-Taiba and ISKP used Kasaragod resident Muhsin along with three other terrorists to launch an attack on Gurudwara in Kabul.
‘’Farooqi, the leader of the Khorasan branch of the ISIS terrorist group has arrested along with 19 of her close associates, including Qari Zahed and Saifullah, known as Abu Adullahullah of Pakistan, during a targeted and sophisticated operation by special security forces,” said Afghan Forces in a statement.
Qari Zahed was in charge of ISIL’s military in Afghanistan, and Saifullah, known as Abu Abdullah of Pakistan, has been responsible for recruiting individuals in Nangarhar province.
Officials tracking Kerala’s ISIS module believe that the terrorist attack on Kabul’s Gurudwara was carried out by the Haqqani Network with Lashkar-e-Taiba from Pakistan. Haqqani network has the capability to launch such an attack inside the high-security zone of Kabul.
It is a deliberate attempt to throw dust in the eyes of the world that ISKP is behind the attack. Earlier, it was found that ISKP claimed the attacks where the Haqqani network was originally involved. Pakistan is reportedly promoting ISKP and other groups as a check on the Taliban. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).