Spillover effect: ISIS making inroads into Pakistan, Afghanistan

Published: September 3, 2014
A number of hardline groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan have already announced support for the group headed by Afghan Taliban. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

A number of hardline groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan have already announced support for the group headed by Afghan Taliban. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

PESHAWAR: In a bid to extend its influence in the South Asian region, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS), commonly known as Daish, distributed pamphlets in Peshawar and border provinces of Afghanistan as well.

The booklet titled Fatah (victory) is published in Pashto and Dari languages and was distributed in Peshawar as well as in Afghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city. The logo of the pamphlet has the Kalma, the historical stamp of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Some copies were also mysteriously sent to Afghan journalists working in Peshawar.

On the last page of the pamphlet, the editor’s name appears to be fake and where the document has been published cannot be ascertained. Since long, Afghan resistance groups, including Haqqani Network, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan and Tora Bora group have been publishing similar pamphlets, magazines and propaganda literature in Peshawar black markets.

The ISIS, introducing itself as Daulat-e-Islamia (Islamic State) in the pamphlet, has made an appeal to the local population for supporting its struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.

A number of hardline groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan have already announced support for the group headed by Afghan Taliban. Among them, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost and Maulvi Abdul Qahar, stalwarts of Saudi Arabia-backed Salafi Taliban groups operating in Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan, have already announced support for the self-styled caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Besides distribution of its literature and pamphlets, some of the ISIS supporters have also made wall chalking, asking locals to join and support the group. Some cars and vehicles also have ISIS stickers pasted on them.

Meanwhile, recently established Ahrarul Islam, a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is already working on the lines of ISIS. Similar is the status of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), also known as Hizb-e-Islami Turkistan.

Ahrarul Islam doesn’t believe in boundaries between Islamic countries, therefore, it is working for the establishment of a network throughout South and Central Asian regions. The group doesn’t recognise al-Baghdadi as the caliph, but considers Mullah Omar as ‘commander of the faithful’ chief, like TTP.

A number of local and foreign militant groups recently displaced from North Waziristan also claim that they want to “strive for the enforcement of Islamic Shariah not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan but throughout the world.”

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  • zog
    Sep 3, 2014 - 12:49AM

    Thats all we need, more goons…

    Message to ISIS is = go take a hike, we have enough local looney toones we dont need you here


  • Waseem
    Sep 3, 2014 - 1:12AM

    Go Europe and USA. Never dare look at my country or we will make you absolutely irrelevant in the world.


  • Azi
    Sep 3, 2014 - 1:25AM

    Please for the love of God, eliminate these barbarians before they make it into Pakistan. We have had enough of these clowns.


  • Moiz Omar
    Sep 3, 2014 - 1:27AM

    This is frightening.


  • Alif Noon
    Sep 3, 2014 - 1:47AM

    We don’t need ISIS to destabilize us. We have Imran Khan


  • Mirza
    Sep 3, 2014 - 1:55AM

    All these fanatic Salafi terrorists have no better place than Pakistan. We have terrorist havens for decades and most fertile grounds for extremists.. These strategic assets are safe in our homes and army bases without fear and are advancing their agenda of terror.


  • Enough
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:06AM

    We don’t want you.

    You and the other terrorists running amok here deserve to face the full force of the law

    Your murder of those two poor American journalists was barbaric and horrible. Their poor families.

    Your treatment of minorities is an insult to Islam.



  • Andy
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:07AM

    Our people will never see their Muslim ‘brothers’ as a threat. They will only see USA and India as the primary problem. I won’t be surprised if our people welcome these people with open arms.

    I hope the state acts on eliminating their influence now so it does not spread like it did with TTP.


  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:23AM

    . . . one more excuse to kill even more innocents.

    I wonder if the ordinary Muslim will ever realize that the only way to salvation is to be just an ordinary Muslim and mind no one else’s business.


  • someone
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:31AM

    Now this is really alarming. Given the craziness in Pakistan and Afghanistan right now, ISIS may be successful in these two countries as there would be enough delusional people to join them.


  • Sami
    Sep 3, 2014 - 3:25AM

    CIA stop this horrible war to blame Muslim world and Islam.


  • csmann
    Sep 3, 2014 - 3:32AM

    might it be the “Umpire” that is to raise his finger,per IK. Afterall he has been in league with the Taliban for years.


  • Kishan
    Sep 3, 2014 - 3:55AM

    So the so called fighters from CIA will now try their luck here.

    Son, this is not middle east.


  • gul
    Sep 3, 2014 - 3:57AM

    bugger off ISIS, we got enough of our problems.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 3, 2014 - 4:00AM

    Like these two stooges who have failed miserably, ISIS will fail too but our protectors have to focus on their real job.


  • nkhan
    Sep 3, 2014 - 4:04AM

    I totally agree with snowden that these lunatic goonies are backed by USA…. this so called ISIS only see islam in south asian region… No where else….. why they dont publish their pamphlet in Europe or other similar region……


  • Ex-Aitchisonian
    Sep 3, 2014 - 4:09AM

    I believe they haven’t yet heard about an ever green defence force known as the PAK FAUJ.


  • Mashael
    Sep 3, 2014 - 4:12AM

    Another feather in my beloved Pakistan’s cap. I fear that the illiterate people of my nation are so vulnerable to such propaganda that Pakistan may soon become the largest supplier of manpower to this evil campaign of ISIS. And of that happens it will go our enemies a very strong ground for attacking us. But i feel so sad for being not able to do anything about it. May the mighty Allah protect my nation and its people from this evil.


  • Qahaar
    Sep 3, 2014 - 4:19AM

    All these jihadi groups need to be shipped to Iraq so they can fulfill their dream of Islamic state that way we can finally get a sigh of relief.


  • Pea Brain
    Sep 3, 2014 - 4:49AM

    Brilliant. Another propaganda of fear. Just when the TTP were approaching their much destined diabolical fall, the fear-factory thought up a new, fashionable and seemingly circumspect propaganda. Let’s all be afraid again, very afraid. Let’s not do anything at all and trust the status-quo with our security. Boring, move on!


  • Eddied
    Sep 3, 2014 - 5:06AM

    Now ISIS is trying to recruit terrorists in Pakistan…I suggest the government should work quickly to remove these barbarians and their supporters before the ISIS terrorists start to attack Pakistan…


  • Sep 3, 2014 - 5:48AM

    Pak already faces instability with the current political crisis…last thing anyone needs is another wave of religious extremist insurgents….need to actively clamp down on the twisted propaganda no matter where and what language and stop the ideological disease from spreading….


  • Indian
    Sep 3, 2014 - 6:08AM

    It is not surprising that another terrorist organisation has found support in Pakistan. We Indians hope that it will not spill over to India in the future.


  • Neo
    Sep 3, 2014 - 6:15AM

    Big Congrats to Pakistanis, that’s what there dream was, by the time imran & qadri movie will be over new trailers will showing up in Pakistan.


  • Prognosticator
    Sep 3, 2014 - 6:29AM

    Mere Pakistani bhaiyon, do whatever pleases you but please do not export this Islamic State thing across the border. We are not interested in their philosophy.


  • Bharar
    Sep 3, 2014 - 7:16AM

    @Andy: Dear Andy, why drag India into this non-sense speculative story. Your country shall be stable and strong to flush out terrorists.


  • Sep 3, 2014 - 7:22AM

    There is Iran in the middle. Remember? Shia Iran.
    They wont survive Iran.


  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 3, 2014 - 7:24AM

    This development was anticipated.When you have fostered enough hardliners jehadis, this amalgamation was bound to happen.Now enjoy female genital mutilation, beheadings, sisters, wives, daughters, mothers sold for few rupees as ISIS fighter’s concubines.enjoy the caliphate Pakistan!


  • Tight Patloon
    Sep 3, 2014 - 8:15AM

    Pakistan has a golden chance to become a part of middle east. I think Pakistan should welcome ISIS which would help Pakistan to fight India and liberate Kashmir. We don’t need
    treacherous Afghans anymore.


  • TooTrue
    Sep 3, 2014 - 8:38AM

    Oh God! Keep those barbarians at bay. We’ve got enough problems.


  • weirdity
    Sep 3, 2014 - 8:45AM

    Will IK start calling the ISIS people “my brothers” too? Only time will tell. I wonder why the press is not asking his opinion of ISIS?


  • Leela4fun
    Sep 3, 2014 - 8:47AM

    Weren’t the Pakistanis big fans of Mullah Omar and supportive of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan?


  • truthbetold
    Sep 3, 2014 - 8:51AM

    It is inevitable. ISIS’s goal is to create a great Sunni Islamic state with Pakistan as its crown jewel. It will be after Pakistan for the nukes to make this Caliphate an invincible power.


  • Amanullah Khan
    Sep 3, 2014 - 8:58AM

    Violence once started can not be stopped. Especially when its backed by false Koranic interpretation. We started this policy of terrorism to get Kashmir. We not only didn’t get anything but also lost our nation to these violent terrorists. We are about to reverse and get back to peace times after ‘Operation Zarb-e-azb’ when this is coming to roost again. We don’t want you ISIS, GO BACK!!


  • saifqureshi
    Sep 3, 2014 - 9:44AM

    and if you do make it to pakistan, you won’t go one meter beyond the border. We have tigers employed at the borders.


  • JEJ
    Sep 3, 2014 - 10:26AM

    Unfortunately, their zeal for Allah knows no bounds, whereas they should clearly understand the boundaries. That is why ISIS is making inroads to Pakistan.


  • usman786
    Sep 3, 2014 - 10:27AM

    as per my afghan friends, no leave can move in Pakistan without knowledge of ISI, so how they are moving freely?


  • Haris
    Sep 3, 2014 - 10:34AM

    Nuke them now… Only option.


  • Kama
    Sep 3, 2014 - 10:42AM

    Thank you PTI (Sarcasm).


  • Hafsa
    Sep 3, 2014 - 11:01AM

    Ok so now that Pak Army is busting out the lunatics Talibans, the triangle of evil (USA, ISRAEL AND INDIA) are bringing their new allies to our country. InshaAllah we will eradicate those monsters as well.


  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 3, 2014 - 11:09AM

    Imran Khan will want the world to negotiate with ISIS and open an office for them.


  • Youth
    Sep 3, 2014 - 11:59AM

    To eliminate them we need to be united not separated in groups. Unity within the state can cause damage to our enemy.


  • Shariq
    Sep 3, 2014 - 12:17PM

    Go to India


  • kulwant singh
    Sep 3, 2014 - 12:20PM

    @Tight Patloon:
    Strange comments, when you know that USA or CIA is responsible for all ills of Pakistan why you approach them for help and from the beginning i.e. 1947 USA is your best friend and has been helping you why don’t you break this friendship, you always spin conspiracy theories every one is conspiring against you and you are Pak and you blame India for every thing that goes wrong India is sporting Baloch rebels my dear friends we are not so rich that we can give alms like USA. We have our own problems but we never blame you for our problems or our failures. You are worried about all Muslims no other Muslim country even Arabs are not concerned for any other Muslim country only you are the thekedars of Muslims. First set your own house in order then think about others. And one thing more if USA gives visa to all of you you take the first available flight to USA.


  • Libra
    Sep 3, 2014 - 12:25PM

    @Tight Patloon:
    They will soon be in India to get every thing corrected.


  • ABCD
    Sep 3, 2014 - 12:30PM

    Loony toons…well said!!!Recommend

  • Fahd
    Sep 3, 2014 - 12:46PM

    This is not Iraq or Syria you bought out satans of isis. So come, Pakistani hospitality is in wait of you….


  • Sep 3, 2014 - 12:48PM

    please keep your ISIS motives to yourself we don’t need and want to destroy our region further which is already torn in sufferings of common people.


  • Last Word
    Sep 3, 2014 - 1:07PM

    @Tight Patloon:
    You have already lost half of Pakistan to the jihadis in liberating Kashmir, the other half would soon be lost if ISIS is entrenched in Pakistan but Kashmir will still remain with India.


  • Sep 3, 2014 - 1:57PM

    First they will create Pakhtunistan, and will outsource from there.


  • Ahmad
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:01PM

    This is the last beast we need in Pakistan..
    May Allah forgive us and protect us from these animals..


  • Sazeen
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:02PM

    While a group of Pak leaders busy in protecting rigged assembly, corruption of their bosses and the other group is busy in power struggle the misery of common people and real issues of the country have been pushed aside so it is the ideal time for extremist to make inroad as Army has been made controversial during this Azadi/Inquilab mess.


  • Aisha
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:17PM

    dear go through above comments there is not a single person who comment in favour of these so called ISIs whatever they are. Pakistan is totally different from Arab world except religious believes . 2nd Pakistani has suffered enough after doing sympathy with TTP type cheaters not any more we will do


  • imran
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:20PM

    ISIS vs. ISI now.


  • Aisha
    Sep 3, 2014 - 2:24PM

    @Last Word: Which half of Pakistan? we just keep halka hath on Afgan otherwise it not a big deal for us to expand our land from west As well as not from East but we are not interested. Too busy in cleaning our home


  • Sep 3, 2014 - 4:50PM

    @Aisha: it is difficult for any country however powerful to expand these days. Pray! how were you planning to expand in the east? the question of interest arises later on!


  • Raj - USA
    Sep 3, 2014 - 6:24PM

    @Amanullah Khan:
    Your comment:
    “Violence once started can not be stopped. Especially when its backed by false Koranic interpretation.”

    Qadri gave a call inciting violence. He said “Eye for an eye, ear for an ear, blood for blood, head for head”.

    When questioned on this by an anchor in a TV talk show, Umar Riaz Abbasi ,Central Deputy Secretary Information Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) defended this. He said this is written in Koran and quoted the exact verse, verbatim. The anchor or any of his other guests could not say on this.


  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Sep 3, 2014 - 6:53PM

    I am surprised – why not Bangladesh? Are they scared over there because of the government’s no-excuse policies?


  • Jadugar
    Sep 3, 2014 - 9:07PM

    The Last things Pakistan needs is the Throat cutters and blood thirsty killers to be invited to Pakistan. You have already lost half of Pakistan and you will lose the rest as well.


  • kamal
    Sep 3, 2014 - 9:39PM

    Interesting how ISIS seems to target only Muslims countries, and never Israel or India.


  • Sep 3, 2014 - 11:15PM

    It is imperative for us to stand united against those who pose a threat to the safety of our nations. We’ve already seen terrorist organizations like the TTP, Al-Qaeda, and The Haqqani network claim many innocent lives for the sake of achieving their terrorist agenda. Our nations refuse to bow down to any terrorist organization, and our common sacrifices clarify our shared will and desire to succeed against terrorism. This is what the U.S. President Barack Obama said just recently: “There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of the kind of a nihilistic ideologies. One thing we can all agree on is group like (ISIS) has no place in the 21st century. Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security a set of values opposite of what we saw yesterday. We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and stability.”

    Ali khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM


  • weirdity
    Sep 4, 2014 - 8:46AM

    @Shariq: “Go to India”

    Modi will have a welcome party for them. Will probably be their last party.


  • Anwar
    Sep 5, 2014 - 5:50AM

    Please, Please don’t let these barbaric clowns near our borders and if a few have seeped through, our intelligence agencies and military need to make a real good example of them. This is not Iraq or Syria, this Pakistan! Remember our NUCLEAR ASSETS anyone???


  • Abdul Muheet
    Sep 15, 2014 - 11:56PM

    In my opinion in Pakistan the root cases of terrorism is the afghan refuges. They destabilizing Pakistan. For ISIS i have a message that We love Pakistan and we Love Pakistan army, we doesn’t need any caliphate we want only peace ……if you are fond of Caliphate first of all set free Aqsa Mosque from Jews.


  • Dec 18, 2014 - 11:11PM

    we do have the capability to eliminate these elements. We just need from you to support Pak armed forces and other law enforcement agencies. Furthermore, if anybody found stranger in your surroundings then please inform us on 0323-3277306…


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