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Lal Shahbaz shrine attack suspect arrested by CTD

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday announced that a key suspect involved in the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack has been arrested.

CTD Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Amir Farooq was addressing a joint press conference with Rangers in Karachi when he announced that Nadir Ali was arrested for his involvement in the deadly February attack in which at least 88 people were killed and 150 others were injured.

The militant Islamic State (IS) group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Farooq said that Ali was arrested during a joint operation in Mangophir. He added that weapons and explosives were recovered from the suspect during the operation.

The army had launched 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' in the aftermath of the attack. The operation was aimed at eliminating the "residual/latent threat of terrorism".

Addressing the press conference today, CTD SSP Farooq said that the foothold of IS has been weakened in Pakistan due to several operations conducted in the area.

"After the Mastung Operation, one by one their (IS) members are being captured. Today, [the key suspected in the shrine attack] has been arrested. They have become very weak here."

"Their people have escaped and the group's presence is found across the border in Afghanistan," Farooq said.

"They (IS) were not operating here. The group's elements used to be associated with various political parties, primarily the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Then they went towards IS," he added.

The DIG said that the Army's operation caused harm to the group. "They have been eliminated now."

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

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