LAHORE - Punjab Law Minster Rana Sanaullah Khan has said hunt is on to nab the persons who had been leaning to the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) under influence of the nine suspects arrested from Daska, Sialkot on Monday.

“The people arrested from Daska were preparing to join Daesh (using an Arab acronym for the terrorist group) in Syria and were also preaching the massage of this proscribed organization,” the law minister told the media yesterday.

He overruled that the arrested people had any material links with the IS leadership. “They were only influenced by the terrorist group’s propaganda through internet and no traces have been found they were actually in contact with any of ISIS member,” Sanaullah added.

The minister, who was flanked by Punjab government’s spokesman Zaeem Hussain Qadri and DIG Investigation Ashraf Haidar, said: “The counter terrorism department is hunting the people who allegedly had contacted the arrested persons and were inclined to join them.”

To a question, he turned down the allegations leveled by the Sindh government about lukewarm implementation of the National Action Plan in Punjab and said the NAP was most effectively working in Punjab than in any other province.

He also denied that terror facilitators were present in Punjab seminaries, saying that through geo-tagging minute details of maddarrass, the number of students and teachers therein, their background and others things have been collected.

As many as 532 maddarras have been screened out and none has been found imparting terror training or educating extremism, said Rana Sanaullah, adding that there was no go area in Punjab.