SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
Two suspects were arrested in Lahore on Monday for allegedly putting up pro-Islamic State (IS) stickers in Lahore.
According to initial reports, the men were caught on camera, identified through NADRA’s database and then arrested. A case has been registered against the two individuals in Nawab Town police station.
Earlier, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore had constituted a special team comprising of Crime Investigation Department’s officials to arrest those responsible for activity related to the promotion of IS as graffiti and posters began to appear in various areas of Lahore.
On November 11, Lahore DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf registered an FIR against unidentified persons for calling for support for the militant group.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered IG Punjab Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera to probe into the wall-chalkings around the city which led to the registration of the case against unidentified persons under Section 153 in Nawab Town police station.
Earlier this month, the National Counter Terrorism Agency wrote to a dozen government agencies warning them to be on guard against the IS group.
“The successes of IS play a very dangerous, inspirational role in Pakistan, where more than 200 organisations are operational,” the agency said.
Messages supporting IS, the militant group which has declared a self-styled caliphate over large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, commonly known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish, was reported in Peshawar after pamphlets were distributed in the city.
IS graffiti has also appeared on walls in Gligit-Baltistan and Quetta.