Two central figures of the Shia-killing Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist group escaped from Karachi’s central jail earlier this week. It is probably a repeat of what happened at the Bannu jail in 2012: somebody was bribed at a higher level while at the lower level the wardens were too scared of getting their families killed. In 2014, a 45-meter tunnel was discovered in time to prevent a mass escape similarly organized at the same prison.
The latest Jhangvi escapees have killed nearly 70 innocent citizens because they were Shia. The banned group continues to have its “squads” in Sindh and has pledged allegiance to the Shia-killing Islamic State. It was born in Punjab from the rib of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba and continues to operate freely in Quetta, killing Shias with impunity in the name of Islam.
In October 2007, Benazir Bhutto first flagged the presence of Jhangvi in Sindh after being nearly killed in Karachi during an attack on a procession she was leading. Returned from exile, she was privy to a lot of facts most Pakistanis wouldn’t believe. She went on record saying: “I have come to know that the Oct. 18 bombing was masterminded by some highly-placed officials who had hired an Al Qaeda-linked militant Maulvi Abdul Rehman Otho alias Abdul Rehman Sindhi—from Dadu district of Sindh—to kill me.” After her assassination in December the same year in Rawalpindi, Al Qaeda declared: “We terminated the most precious American asset who had vowed to defeat the mujahideen.”
Not too far back Pakistan was denying the presence of Islamic State in the country but, after half a dozen high profile mass killings, it can no longer ignore the expanding network of local recruits who easily visit Raqa in Syria, swear allegiance to Caliph Al Baghdadi, and return home to kill for the glory of Islam.