“They said they came to Pakistan to deepen their knowledge of Islam.” And that was no lie — that is exactly why they came to Pakistan. “Pakistan expels three suspected French jihadists,” from AFP, April 4 (thanks to Lookmann):
Pakistan has deported three French nationals who planned to fight NATO forces in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday. The case is likely to draw parallels with Mohammed Merah, who shot dead seven people in 2012 after returning from Pakistan.
Pakistan has deported three Frenchmen who have been held in secret since they entered the country illegally 10 months ago to fight NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
Investigators are expected to question the men in France, where the case is likely to draw parallels with Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old who shot dead seven people in southwest France in March 2012 after returning from Pakistan.
Investigators said Pakistani police arrested the trio on May 28 last year after they entered the country illegally from Iran.
They were detained along with Naamen Meziche, another Frenchman of North African extraction previously known to Western security services as a presumed member of Al-Qaeda.
“They said they came to Pakistan to deepen their knowledge of Islam and to fight in Afghanistan,” one investigator told AFP on condition of anonymity….
Officials say the three men left France in January 2012, telling their families in Orleans south of Paris that they were going on pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. But five months later they were detained in Pakistan….