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ATC remands man in CTD custody for financing terror

Bureau Report 2019-07-07
PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday handed over the custody of a senior of ficebearer of an international nongovernmental organisation to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police on a terror financing charge for three days.

Acting on information provided by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the CTD arrested the regional head of Human Concern International, Ali Nawaz, at Khyber Road for allegedly diverting the fundscollected in the name of charity to Al Qaeda, said a CTD official.

The official added that the suspect was arrested on the terror financing charge under the AntiTerrorism Act.

He was presented before the ATC, which handed him over to the CTD for three days for further interrogation.

According to the FIR, there were intelligence reports that Ali Nawaz, Mohammad Farooq Awan, Shah Rum and Mohammad Naeem were providing funds to terrorists.

It stated that the CTD received acommuniqué from the FIA against them, alleging that they were receiving huge sums in the name of charity, which were being diverted to Al Qaeda to be used for terrorism.

It said that millions of rupees had been transacted from 11 bank accounts of the charity and Mr Nawaz was unable to provide satisf actory answers regarding these funds. The suspect was then booked under Section 11-N of the ATA,1997.

Representatives of the international non-governmental organisation were unavailable for comments when approached.