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KARACHI: The counter terrorism department (CTD) on Friday arrested the vice-chancellor of a private university from Karachi over charges of financing Al-Qaeda and allegedly aiding the Safoora Goth massacre, DawnNews reported.

Adil Masood Butt, a close aide and the business partner of Safoora Goth attack’s main suspect Saad Aziz, was arrested by CTD from the Clifton area of the metropolis.

Giving details, the CTD sources revealed that Butt’s name surfaced as the financier of the attack after the joint investigating team (JIT) interrogated another suspect, Khalid Yousuf.

The evidence of Butt’s involvement was further established after his bank records were investigated, the counter-terrorism department said.

Later, addressing a press conference to announce the arrest, CTD head Raja Umer Khattab said that Butt was the business partner of Saad Aziz alias Tin Tin.

"Butt had studied at Indiana University in USA and later set up his own 'College of Accountancy and Management Sciences (CAMS),’ which has three branches in Karachi where around 2,000 students are studying," Khattab said.

Women facilitators

Khattab said during investigation it was revealed that that there is a strong 'women operated' network working alongside this group.

The network includes Khalid Yusuf Bari's wife, Saad Aziz's wife and mother-in-law and Mufti Tauseef's wife who brainwash other women.

The CTD head claimed that Khalid Bari's wife used to spread the Islamic State’s ideology through digital means.

"These women also served the militant outfits by arranging suitable matrimonial matches and funds for the terrorists," said Khattab.

He requested the general public to remain watchful while giving zakat or charity to any organisation, lest they will be included in any such investigation as facilitator for any terrorist activity.

The highly educated suspect

Adil Butt received his early education at Saint Patrick and Saint Paul schools before moving to the United States (US) for higher studies in 1987 where he obtained an MBA degree from New York’s Fordham University in 1992.

In 1994, Butt, along with his partners, opened the College of Accounting and Management Sciences (CAMS), the institute has three branches and about 2,000 students are enrolled in the institute.

In the year 2000, Butt became a follower of Dr Israr Ahmed and joined Tanzeem-i-Islami. He met Khalid Yusuf Bari, Sheba Ahmed and Dr Akmal Waheed through TI.

Later, he left TI but remained in touch with Dr Waheed and allegedly started funding the terrorists through him.

Fearing intelligence agencies, Waheed later stopped Butt from meeting and funding him directly but instead started sending a man, Umer Jalal, who collected the funds from him in NED University, where Butt worked as a lecturer.

Umer Jalal too was linked to Al-Qaeda and was a part of the terrorist network which included Akmal Waheed, Saad Aziz, Mufti Tauseef , Saleem Ahmed and Suleman Saeed, according to the CTD press release.

At least 43 people were killed and 13 others wounded on May 14 when armed men opened fire inside a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community near Safoora Chowk in Karachi.

Sindh Police Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali said 60 people were on board the bus when six gunmen entered and executed 43 passengers.

Ahmed Marwat, spokesman for Jundullah, a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Comments (41) Closed

Saima Dec 18, 2015 09:23pm

What ???? Another terrorist, educationalist !!! Cannot believe this. Where is Pakistan heading ???

noshin Dec 18, 2015 09:28pm

it's horrible to hear about these self-styled professors........these kind of things remind us 1971.......

Goldconsumer Dec 18, 2015 09:36pm

Enemy teaching my kids..

AMIR AHMAD Dec 18, 2015 09:41pm

When human will become human.? How many more centuries we need to wait.?Astagfirullah...........

M.Saeed Dec 18, 2015 09:43pm

This a proof of the caliber and mind-set of the topmost operators of these private universities with no credibility and foreign connection of dubious nature. The Government must take them over and work on principles.

Muslim Medina Dec 18, 2015 09:44pm

Well done. A few more arrests like this will reduce to a greater extent these terrible incidents. My heartiest congratulations to these officials.

kashmiri 18.12.15 10:30 Dec 18, 2015 09:45pm

@Saima 100% I agree with you

Imran A. Dec 18, 2015 09:48pm

Good one... the police did the arrest!!!! Good job!

Asif Dec 18, 2015 09:55pm

IBA, CAMA, Karachi University, Nust, Punjab University; I wonder where is our youth going?

Montague Dec 18, 2015 10:27pm

My goodness! the rot has seeped so deep. Their education failed them to teach right from wrong.

Ali Khan Dec 18, 2015 10:28pm

Holy macro, I studied at that college way back in 2000.Omg these people. It used to be a college back then .They also taught Chartered Accountancy

Faisal Kazi Dec 18, 2015 10:29pm

Corruption and terrorism have become the domains of educated people in Pakistan. This clearly shows that illiteracy is not the root cause of problems in Pakistan rather education has become a big problem in our country. We are failed to utilize our bright brains to put them in right place and this is another way of brain drain. Government must ponder to tackle this increasing problem without wasting time.

samina Dec 18, 2015 11:09pm

It is scary and sad to realize how deep rooted fundamentalism and ignorance has become in our society!

Adil Dec 18, 2015 11:15pm

Well done sindh police. I don't think we need rangers

student Dec 18, 2015 11:16pm

All educational institutes in which these terrorist study should be banned and syllabus of these type institute be revised to curb terrorism

Mani Dec 18, 2015 11:25pm

The education system, especially in Pakistan, needs a look-in. It seems to be just a vessel to help one make money while contributing very little to one's development as a human being.

Hopeful Dec 18, 2015 11:58pm

Close down all his universities, which will hit him and his terrorist friends in their pockets.

Philosopher (from Japan) Dec 18, 2015 11:58pm

Great job CTD. Highly appreciated.

RIZ Dec 19, 2015 12:11am

Job well done by CTD I hope all these culprits will be hanged soon ..... there is no point of keeping them in jail for long period of time and feed them everyday.

N_Arabi Dec 19, 2015 12:58am

We need to be vigilant for our Children. What is wrong with these people? They are highly educated and yet so ignorant. Scary scary!

Farrukh Dec 19, 2015 01:11am

Please punish these so-called "educated" thugs. They are not only defaming Islam, but also the institution of Knowledge.

pashtunyar Dec 19, 2015 01:14am

Great work by the ctd!

vertigo Dec 19, 2015 01:48am

Never knew that the love for terror and evil is so deep rooted in the rich and educated section of our society. Sadly enough, there isn't a counter narrative strong enough to stop the growth of such mindset in our society

SYED Dec 19, 2015 02:17am

I guess if Americans look at us as terrorists shouldn't be that hard to digest when I see these so called educated molvi looking people financing the terrorism in my country of birth.

Danny Dec 19, 2015 02:32am

This is the face of the nation. This is the type of animals and snakes this country is breeding. they are all an educated class, giving back to their country. Pakistan does not deserve sick animals like us. What a shame!!!

Iqbal khan Dec 19, 2015 02:55am

Just wondering if rangers have taken qaim Ali shah approval to arrest these people.

Jimmy_USA Dec 19, 2015 03:20am

Great job CTD...

khan Dec 19, 2015 03:54am

99% terrorist activities have generated and run from Karachi and Punjab. However, the businesses and homes are being bomb and demolished in KPK. What a a strategy?

ZAK Dec 19, 2015 04:00am

Coming from US and doing these terror things unbelievable.

Ak4pk Dec 19, 2015 04:32am

It's frightening, intellectuals behaving in this way!

jiz Dec 19, 2015 04:35am

@Saima heading under Nawaz Shareef corrupt leadership

Amin Dec 19, 2015 04:55am

Perfect example of Parhey Likhe Jaahil. Have no words what to call them.

Cyrus Dec 19, 2015 05:25am

A financier? He should be able to buy his way out of prison.

Zubaida Khan Dec 19, 2015 05:36am

Where are the pictures?

KARACHI WALA Dec 19, 2015 05:53am

"What ???? Another terrorist, educationalist !!! Cannot believe this. Where is Pakistan heading ??"

Unfortunately, to an early grave!!

razi Dec 19, 2015 05:59am

Ignorance knows no bounds, it can contaminate minds and turn humans into zombies. The therapy is to destroy the financing and training centres, eliminate the infected and disinfect the entire community.

Azam Dec 19, 2015 06:01am

This is so scary. Educated people are getting involved in this heinous mindset. This is a moment of concern. Something is not right.

Keti Zilgish Dec 19, 2015 06:30am

"Now You Get What You Want, Do You Want More (education)?" ---Bob Marley

aamir Dec 19, 2015 07:08am

What we are becoming?

fida Dec 19, 2015 08:23am

@AMIR AHMAD Mankind will become civilized when they decide to keep religion at home and not to bring it in the affairs of the world. This applies to man and women of all the major religions of the world mainly Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

KZ Dec 20, 2015 09:53am

I'm stunned and speechless....