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13 Jan, 4 tweets, 2 min read
PAKISTAN:

Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) says it has arrested a man named Umar bin Khalid for funding Islamic State.

The accused is a student of an engineering university in Karachi and was in contact with terrorists in Syria and Pakistan.

arynews.tv/en/ctd-karachi…
The above news report does not say which university the IS financier Umar bin Khalid belonged to.

But I can confirm that he was a student of Karachi city's NED University of Engineering and Technology. The university has produced several jihadists in past years. #PAKISTAN
NED University of Engineering and Technology is considered one of the top engineering universities of Pakistan.

Yet it faces a deep problem with radicalization among its students. So far several engineering students went on to join terrorist groups.

I was talking to a senior counter-terrorism official in Karachi about this last year. He said jihadist terrorist groups specially target students from NED University for recruitment because how good these students are in engineering, which is useful in bomb-making. #Pakistan

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