Senior member of Pakistani group fighting in Syria, Iraq arrested — Karachi police

This undated photo shows Pakistani fighters from Zainabiyoun Brigade holding the militant group's flag in Syria. (Photo courtesy: Social media)
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Updated 13 February 2020

Senior member of Pakistani group fighting in Syria, Iraq arrested — Karachi police

  • Zainebiyoun Brigade militants are allegedly trained by Iran’s Quds Force
  • Alleged militant Zaidi has confessed to several sectarian killings between 2007 and 2018, police said

KARACHI: Police in Karachi have arrested a man suspected of being a high-profile member of the Zainebiyoun Brigade, a counterterrorism official said on Wednesday, referring to a militant group composed of Pakistani nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Zainebiyoun Brigade reportedly has over 800 Pakistanis fighting in Syria. The group’s fighters are allegedly trained by Iran’s Quds Force, the military unit responsible for projecting Iran’s influence via proxies across the Middle East.
“We have arrested two militants, including one who joined Zainebiyoun and fought along the Assad forces before returning to Pakistan,” Israr Awan of the Counter Terrorism Department told Arab News. He said the arrests took place during an intelligence operation close to Karachi city’s Siemen’s Chowrangi area on Tuesday night.
The alleged Zainebiyoun-affiliated militant was identified as Syed Kamran Haider Zaidi alias Kami alias Wasti, and the other as Syed Ali Raza alias Bobby, associated with Pakistan's anti-Shia Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan.

The mugshots show Kamran Haider Zaidi (left) and Syed Ali Raza who were arrested in Karachi on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Counter Terrorism Department)

According to Awan, Zaidi had confessed to committing several sectarian killings between 2007 and 2018.
A police press release on Wednesday said the accused belonged to Zainebiyoun and had also fought against Daesh in Syria.
“Several of Zaidi’s fellows are still fighting in Syria,” Awan said, saying he was quoting Zaidi’s confession.
The Zaynabiyoun Brigade was placed on the US Treasury’s financial blacklist in January 2019.

England confirm Pakistan Test dates

Updated 06 July 2020

England confirm Pakistan Test dates

  • The first match of the Pakistan series will take place at Old Trafford
  • Venues are considered bio-secure, with hotels on site

LONDON: England cricket chiefs on Monday confirmed dates and venues for Pakistan’s three-Test tour, with the series starting at Old Trafford on Aug. 5.

International cricket returns on Wednesday following the coronavirus lockdown when England play the first match of their three-Test series against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, followed by two matches at Old Trafford, in Manchester.

The first match of the Pakistan series will also take place at Old Trafford, with the second two at the Ageas Bowl. The second Test starts on Aug. 13, with the third beginning on Aug. 21.

Both venues are considered bio-secure, with hotels on site.

Old Trafford will also host three Twenty20 international matches between England and Pakistan, on Aug. 28, 30 and Sept. 1.

Ireland will play three one-day internationals at the Ageas Bowl on July 30, Aug. 1 and Aug. 4.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “Confirmation of these matches against Ireland and Pakistan is another important step for our game as we begin to safely stage international cricket again, but also to minimize the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on cricket at all levels.

“It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket.”

Talks are ongoing over potential dates for Australia’s white-ball tour and England women’s tri-series against India and South Africa.