Islamabad, Sept 29: Pakistan today confirmed that a team from Jakarta will arrive here this week to assist in the investigation into the arrest of six Indonesian students in Karachi for suspected al Qaida links.
“Investigations are in an advanced stage and may be wrapped up in a week,” a foreign office spokesman said. Last week, the police arrested six Indonesian and 13 Malaysian students from a couple of religious schools in Karachi.
Among those arrested was Gun Gun Rusman Gunawan, the brother of Jamia Islamia (JI) mastermind Hambali. The students were part of a Jamia Islamia “sleeper cell” and belonged to the second generation of JI terrorists being groomed to lead the al Qaida-linked southeast Asian network.
The spokesman said that only after the investigation was complete that “we will be able to determine whether the students should be sent back to Indonesia and Malaysia”.
Pakistan security agencies have arrested more than 500 al-Qaida and Taliban suspects who fled the US-led war on terrorism in Afghanistan.