KARACHI – Former Air Force Pilot have arrested by Pakistani police for donating funds to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
According to police, the suspicious, Syed Sheeba Ahmed, was detained in Karachi. He paid for the treatment of injured Taliban militants at a hospital in Lahore.
He also influenced two militants involved in an attack on a busload of minority Shi’ite Ismaili Muslims in May that killed 45 people, senior police officer Naveed Khawaja from the provincial Counter Terrorism Department told Media.
He will be charged with terror financing, said Naveed Khawaja.
“Ahmed has also been financing Afghan Taliban, we are still in the process of ascertaining if he has been providing financing through his businesses or someone else is behind him,” the officer said.
“Ahmed was also providing financial assistance to AQIS,” Khawaja said, referring to Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, a branch of Al Qaeda that was founded a year ago.
After Taliban gunmen massacred around 150 people, mostly children, at an army-run school in December, the government vowed to crack down on militancy.
Attacks have fallen sharply as the military has also pushed further into the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
Ahmed, 52, used to give sermons at a mosque in Karachi’s upscale Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood.
His public sermons were moderate, but privately he encouraged radicalism, police said.
He previously studied at the PAF College in Sargodha city, and left the Air Force in 1998, another security official told.
He later went into the paint and chemicals business.
Meanwhile a Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) statement said Ahmed, whose name was disclosed by Safoora Carnage accused during interrogation, confessed to his association with Tanzeem-e-Islami.
The press release further said that Ahmed runs chemical business in Pakistan as well as in neighbouring Islamic countries, adding he uses the revenue proceeds from abroad to finance terrorists in Pakistan.