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Ansarul Shariah to be banned: Interior Minister

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said yesterday that the government has decided to ban Ansarul Shariah, a newly-emerged militant organisation. A terrorist from the militant organization was involved in recent gun attack on MQM lawmaker Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan in Karachi. Alleged mastermind of the attack, identified as Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui, is still at large. He is said to be the student of Karachi University’s Applied Physics Department in 2011. Hassan, one of Sarosh’s associates, was later killed in encounter with police. Security forces are conducting a countrywide crackdown against the terrorist group that is also having support of young individuals from different education institutions. While speaking to reporters here, the minister claimed that all key suspects involved in the attack on Khawaja Izhar have been arrested. He said the terror network of Ansarul Shariah would soon be dismantled with the help of security forces. “We have to keep educated youths away from the menace of terrorism and militancy,” he said.  Earlier this month, security forces had arrested Sheheryar, the head of Ansarul Shariah in Pakistan, from Kaneez Fatima Society in Karachi in the latest breakthrough against the terrorist organisation linked to recent attacks in the city.  Sources said the Ansar ul Shariah chief went by the alias Dr Abdullah Hashmi.

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