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Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in southern Karachi to join Daesh (ISIS) in Afghanistan.Since battlefield successes routed Daesh from its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, hundreds of Pakistanis who traveled to join the extremists' so-called "caliphate" are unaccounted for, and Pakistan's security personnel worry that they, like Nawaz, have gone underground waiting to strike.Sitting in his office in a compound surrounded by high walls and heavily armed guards, Karachi's counterterrorism department chief Pervez Ahmed Chandio said Daesh is the newest and deadliest front in Pakistan's decades-old war on terror.It's the amorphous nature of Daesh that has counterterrorism officials like Chandio most worried.His allegiance was short-lived as commanders squabbled and Aziz returned to Pakistan. Once back home, he inducted his younger brother Hafeez into the militant circle but this time, it was Daesh that held sway, said Chandio, who was part of the counterterrorism squad that, using little more than body parts and grainy cellphone pictures, identified Hafeez Nawaz as the suicide bomber behind the July 13 election rally attack.
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