Pakistan’s terrorist proxies from local death squads to Islamic State warriors

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Family Security Matters

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD

According to security officials in Quetta, Shafiq Mengal is the leader of the Islamic State in Pakistan.

He was, quite literally, home-grown by the Pakistani government and has now gone rogue, like so many of Pakistan’s proxy prodigies.

Shafiq Mengal is the son of former Pakistan state minister for petroleum and Balochistan’s caretaker chief minister, Naseer Mengal. He comes from an influential and educated family, dropped out from Aitchison College in Lahore, and later attended an extremist Sunni-Deobandi theological school.

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