69 Pak­ista­nis de­tained in KSA over ‘ter­ror charges’

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - NEWS - NEWS DESK

At least 69 Pak­istani are be­ing held in Saudi Ara­bia for their al­leged in­volve­ment in ter­ror-re­lated of­fenses, Saudi Gazette re­ported Mon­day.

The most re­cent ar­rest came on Satur­day when Saudi se­cu­rity forces rounded up Fa­tima Ra­madan Balochi Mu­rad along with her Saudi hus­band from an apart­ment in al Naseem dis- trict af­ter a tip-off.

Mu­rad was de­tained in a se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion launched af­ter a fire­fight and sub­se­quent blow­ing up of two sus­pected ter­ror­ists in Jed­dah on Satur­day. This is not the first time Pak­istani cit­i­zens have been sus­pected of per­pet­u­at­ing ter­ror in the oil-rich king­dom. In July last year, a Pak­istani sus­pect Ab­dul­lah Qalzar Khan blew him­self up near So­laiman Fakeih Hos- pital in Jed­dah, which led to the ar­rest of as many as 49 Pak­istani res­i­dents who were put un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Mean­while, a ter­ror at­tempt, which in­volved two Pak­ista­nis — So­laiman Arab Deen and Far­man Naqsha­band Khan, was also foiled last Oc­to­ber in Jed­dah. The sus­pects had planned to carry out blasts in al Jowhara Sta­dium.

Through its com­mu­ni­ca­tions por- tal, the Saudi in­te­rior min­istry re­vealed that 5,085 ter­ror sus­pects from 40 coun­tries were un­der­go­ing de­ten­tion in five in­tel­li­gence pris­ons in the king­dom. “There are 4,254 Saudis de­tained in in­tel­li­gence pris­ons con­sti­tut­ing the largest num­ber of sus­pects,” it said. The Saudis are fol­lowed by 282 Ye­me­nis and 218 Syr­i­ans. There are three sus­pects from the US and one each from France, Bel­gium and Canada.

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