Pakistani authorities have arrested more than 42 suspects linked with Islamic State extremists.
Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, said Monday in Islamabad that the arrests were made during raids by the security forces over the weekend across different areas.
The minister said those arrested included Islamabad’s Islamic State Chief, Amir Mansoor, his Deputy, Abdullah Mansoori and Chief for Southern Province of Sindh, Umer Kathio.
Sanaullah said the militants were tasked to set up sleeper cells for IS, using an acronym for Islamic State.
The latest arrests came after last week’s police nab of 13 suspected militants from the same province.
Also, police in Punjab claimed arresting a man whose wife had left for Syria with four children to join the Islamic State.