A Pakistani counter-terrorism official says police have arrested an alleged Al-Qaeda financier in the southern port city of Karachi.

Naveed Khawaja announced the arrest Wednesday but did not say when the man, identified as Mohammad Shabih, was detained.

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He described Shabih as a businessman who had two chemical companies in Karachi and neighboring Iran. He says Shabih made large donations to the Afghan Taliban and another extremist group before focusing on Al-Qaeda’s South Asian affiliate.

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He says police are investigating possible links to the ISIS, which has recently made some inroads in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership is widely believed to be based in the rugged tribal regions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, where Pakistan has been waging a military offensive for more than a year.


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