Sindh Rangers Director General Major General Mohammad Saeed said on Saturday that Ansarul Shariah was a brainchild of an al-Qaeda member; however, these student members of the banned outfit are not limited to any particular university, Major General Saeed said while speaking to a news channel.
He said well-educated students from different academic institutes were members of the group, adding that three members of the group have a Masters degree in Applied Physics.
Maj Gen Saeed reiterated that no security institution, including Sindh Rangers, have demanded student records from Karachi University. He further said an intensive operation is underway against this outfit, details of which cannot be shared.
The group is only limited to Karachi that was revealed in the investigation and around seven members of the group have been arrested so far, according to the Rangers chief.
Rangers DG informed that Ansarul Shariah’s target was police personnel and the authorities have identified the target-killers of the group.
He asked parents to keep an eye on the activities of their children as parents of the two group members had no idea of what activities their sons were involved in.
He added that the teachers must take into account why students are being attracted towards radical ideas.
The group has been involved in multiple terror incidents in Karachi and Mastung.
The group first made headlines in Karachi in April this year in the targeted killing of a retired army colonel.
Police officials also believe the group is behind several attacks on police officials in Karachi in the past few months and an IED blast targeting security forces in Mastung.
The outfit was not inspired by Daesh’s ideology, but instead, it was influenced by al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Initially, it did operate under Daesh’s umbrella; however, differences led to the parting of the ways later.