No evidence of IS presence in Pakistan: FO

Foreign Office spokesperson says military operation against terrorists is being carried out across the board

Web Desk September 04, 2014

ISLAMABAD: In a response to reports of Islamic State pamphlets being circulated in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said there is no evidence of IS' presence on Pakistani territory in a press briefing on Thursday.

"I may also add that they are only reports," she said. Still, she said that Pakistan's policy on terrorism is clear, and "our action is across the board against all terrorists."

She reiterated Pakistan's continuing commitment to fight militancy and alluded to Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a military operation currently being fought by the armed forces against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan.

"Our military operation against terrorists is still going on. It is all inclusive and across the board," she said.

In recent weeks, IS has emerged as a formidable player in the civil war and Syria, and a formidable obstacle to American diplomatic efforts in Iraq, where IS has won over large swathes of territory. The militant group has taken strategically important cities and oilfields, including Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and threaten to take more.

Al Qaeda, which had disowned IS a few years ago, also made headlines as it announced a South Asian chapter earlier on Thursday.



SKChadha | 7 years ago | Reply

OK, ISIS is not YET in Pakistan, but what about Mullah Omar and Ayaman Al Zawahiri ???

Loosing all hopes in Middle East, Afghanistan both of them are searching their ground around Kakul and Muridke to fly kites with their new found love ..... Can you catch them? Otherwise, it will be a bigger embarrassment than OBL ....... :-))))))))))))

bigsaf | 7 years ago | Reply

Govt isn't giving people confidence in their ability to take threats seriously, when it doesn't even acknowledge the possibility of such a threat or bother to take initiative to investigate these reports and show negligence in dismissing them outright. Just repeating the same stupid mistake of being in denial about OBL, due to small minded defensiveness or outright dishonesty...

Jihadists are slipping by secure Western nations, including Eastern nations such as Malaysia and Indonesia, where Malaysian authorities had to act against an extremist cell inspired by ISIL who wanted to take over a local area, so how is Pakistan safely air tight when operations have still not ended in fully eradicating the terrible militants we already know of and face?

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