Pakistani forces have reportedly arrested a member of the ISIL terrorist group and two accomplices in the eastern city of Lahore.
"A Pakistani Syrian man named Yousaf al-Salafi and two of his accomplices have been arrested two days ago," said a senior security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.
"During investigations he has confessed that he was setting up IS (ISIL) operations in Pakistan," the official said.
According to the official, Salafi entered Pakistan around five months ago via Turkey and during the past five months, visited Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas that border Afghanistan and met with Pakistani Taliban militants.
"If he had been free, he might have launched some big attacks in Lahore and other cities," the official added.
The ISIL controls some parts of Iraq and Syria. The terrorists are engaged in crimes against humanity in areas under their control. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Several commanders of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group have allegedly joined ISIL. The ISIL terrorists are also said to have been distributing pamphlets in Peshawar, some areas of Lahore, and Indian-administered Kashmir.
A “secret” memo provided by the provincial government of Balochistan, a southwestern province that borders Afghanistan, has also revealed that ISIL has created a 10-man “strategic planning wing” with a master plan on how to wage war against the Pakistani army, and is trying to join forces with local militants in the country.
Leaflets calling for support for ISIL militants have been seen in parts of northwest Pakistan and pro-ISIL group slogans have appeared on walls in several cities.
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