Pakistani national Tashfeen Malik, 27, and her Pakistani-American husband Rizwan Farook, 28, had links with Maulana Abdul Aziz, the cleric of Pakistan's notorious Red Mosque of Lal Masjid, according to media reports.

The information about the links has been shared by US officials in London with Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Malik had returned to Pakistan in 2010 to study pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakariyah University in Multan after having spent most of her years in Saudi Arabia. She was born in Pakistan.

In a statement, the Pakistani embassy here hoped that the investigations would lead the authorities to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice sooner.

However, it made no mention of any links between the suspected shooter and the radical Islamic cleric.

According to the report, Tashfeen belonged to an educated, politically influential family from Karor Lal Esan in Layyah district. Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, one of her father's cousins was a provincial minister from 2008-13.

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