IS set for Pakistan launch, offers leadership roles

After Al-Qaeda, IS also picks Punjabi for Pakistan Chief

Both Maulana Umar Asim of Al-Qaeda and Abid Kahot of IS had association with Punjabi Taliban

IS eyes at Punjab’s Lahore for making its headquarters

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS), is all set to launch its Pakistan wing as the global terror outfit has made offers to local militants amid the reports of announcements by five Taliban commanders, including former TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, to join the international terror organization.

The Frontier Post on Tuesday reliably learnt that one of the group’s leaders, Waleed Al-ama of Uzbekistan has offered Abid Kahot of Kahota, district Rawalpindi to become Amir of Daish (SI) in Pakistan and make contacts with disgruntled militants of Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Sipahe Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) to join SI.

According to credible sources, the local militant, who had been active in TTP before meeting with Islamic State’s leader, has also been directed to find recruits within the local terror groups for full scale launch in Pakistan. Sources told this scribe that Al-ama also met with two persons, who are the Afghanistan Trained Boys (ATBs) and asked them to find a suitable place around Raiwind Markaz to establish the office of ISIS, Pakistan chapter.

The crime mentoring cell of the Sindh home department informed the offices of Director General Sindh Rangers and Inspector General Police Sindh on 9th of October 2014 that the during the Waleed’s meeting with two ATBs, Abid Kahot was also present who according the sources was a facilitator.

This report, though five-day old, has emerged when five top leaders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, including its spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid joined the ISIS. According to the reports, the TTP leaders who joined ISIS are Orakzai Agency Ameer, Kurram Agency Ameer Dolat, Ameer Fateh Gul Zaman Khyber, Mufti Hasan Peshawar and Khalid Masood. The TTP’s hardliner Mehmund chapter has already announced to support the international terror group had been able to seize various Iraqi areas, including oilfields. Though it could not be confirmed by sources whether Abid Kahot has accepted the offer and would be announced as Pakistan Chief of IS, the joining of TTP heavyweights have certainly provide the terror group further choice to choose its Pakistani head. It is pertinent to mention that the news of IS making inroads in Pakistan were downplayed by experts due to the announcement of Al-Qaeda south Asian chapter, which was considered an alternate for local militants believing in international concept of Jihad.

The only noticeable activity of the group witnessed was the distribution of pamphlet “Al-fateh” (victory) in Pashto and Dari languages in two of the Afghan refugees’ camp in south of Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Interestingly, one of the major camps ‘Shamshato’ is alleged to be headquarters of Gulbudin Hikmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami, a group being considered anti-Taliban.

This is the updated version of my news story published here

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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