Pakistan: Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies have arrested multiple high profile al-Qaeda operatives in a massive intelligence-based operation in Karachi city, it was revealed on Monday in reports in Pakistani media.
Among the multiple al-Qaeda operatives arrested from Karachi is Umar Jalal Kathio, the son-in-law of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. He also served as Osama bin Laden’s personal bodyguard and driver.
According to other reports, Umar Jalal’s wife, Ayman al-Zawahiri’s daughter, has also been arrested. Although ITCT Newsdesk could not immediately verify these reports.
Pakistani intelligence agencies have moved the arrested al-Qaeda operatives to an undisclosed location.
The arrests were made in last few days and finally announced on Monday.
ITCT Deputy Director Faran Jeffery, while talking to ITCT Newsdesk, said “This is a major breakthrough by Pakistani security services, who deserve praise for this operation. The timing of the announcement of these arrests is interesting since it comes right after President Trump said some unsavory things about Pakistan in an interview, which made waves in Pakistan. According to information I have, Umar Jalal was looking after al-Qaeda finances for al-Zawahiri. His arrest is a significant blow to al-Qaeda.”
UPDATE 20th November – 00:00 hours
ITCT Newsdesk confirmed from multiple Pakistani security sources that Umar Jalal Kathio was arrested all the way in 2016 and according to people familiar with the matter, he likely is not the son-in-law of Ayman al-Zawahiri. At the time, there were some minor reports in Pakistani media about his arrest. Following his stint with al-Qaeda as a close associate of bin Laden, Umar Jalal joined the Islamic State group along with his wife, and continued to carry out terrorist operations in Sindh province of Pakistan. During his time with al-Qaeda and Islamic State, Umar Jalal was responsible for arranging funds and equipment for terrorist attacks.
The recycling of the news of his arrest as breaking news by some quarters of Pakistani media and journalists is believed to be linked to President Trump’s recent comments about Pakistan.
This story will be updated in case of new information.
A previous version of this story had the headline identifying Umar Jalal as son-in-law of al-Zawahiri.