Two Thousand Pakistanis go Syria to fight along Assad’s forces: Report

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The country’s intelligence agencies have asked the federal and all four provincial governments to probe report that around 2,000 persons belonging to a specific sect have moved to Syria from Pakistan to fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad forces against the rebels, highly credible sources told here on Wednesday.

Previously, there had been reports that militants from Pakistan’s tribal areas, especially the foreigners belonging UK, Sweden and other European countries along with local Taliban had moved to the troubled country to fight alongside rebels against the Bashar Al-Assad regime.

The group of these militants is fighting both pro-Iran regimes of Iraq and Syria under the name of Tehreek-e-Taliban Syria which is now operating under the umbrella of SISI and Al-Nusrah groups.

However, these startling revelations have come to fore for the first time that the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad also gets militant assistance from Pakistan, the country witnessing sectarian divide for the last few decades.

Highly reliable sources in the provincial homes office told that to counter the rebellion forces, who want to overthrow regime and impose Shariah, the Syrian government with assistance of the neighboring country has recruited youths in Karachi and other parts of the country.

The intelligence agencies have warned the federal and provincial government to have a check over the activity and probe how they went to Syria.

According to sources the Pakistani Government is investigating these reports to unveil the forces responsible for raising this aide force for Syrian government.

According to the credible sources militant support, mostly youths of Karachi, is going to Syria via Iran, which is also being alleged for assisting them in order to help the country with which Iran enjoys the cordial relations.

According to sources the youths, belonging to a specific sect, have used both land routes through buses as well as having been traveled through air services to reach their destination to fight their sacred war.

It is pertinent to mention that last month Iran was alleged of recruiting Afghan refugees in Iran for helping the Syrian Government.

However, the Iranian government had refuted the allegation terming these baseless and ridicules. 

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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