Neither IS nor sympathisers present in Balochistan: Home Department

Published: November 8, 2014
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In this photograph taken on October 16, 2014 shows motorists driving past an empty police check post with graffiti which reads as ISIS along a street on the outskirts of Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

In this photograph taken on October 16, 2014 shows motorists driving past an empty police check post with graffiti which reads as ISIS along a street on the outskirts of Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani on Saturday admitted an increase in wall-chalking with slogans in support of militant group Islamic State (IS) but denied claims of the presence of its militants on ground in the province.

“The letter regarding the activity of IS was routine information of officers which had been passed to the federal government. There was nothing serious about IS in Balochistan,” Durrani told The Express Tribune, referring to media reports that the provincial government has conveyed a report to the federal government and law enforcement agencies warning of increased footprints of IS in the province.

“We routinely send letters regarding the activities that happen in Balochistan. Neither IS exists nor their sympathisers in Balochistan,” he added.

“There could be a few people involved in walk-chalking. This is restricted in slogans. Nothing more than that,” he added.

“The ideology of IS is based on hatred against Shias, while 99.9% of the people in Balochistan do not feel the same way. Similarly, Shias do not have the same feelings for Sunni Muslims,” he added.

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch also confirmed that there is no presence of IS in Balochistan but added that like-minded people do exist in the province.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in a recent fact-finding mission has voiced its concern over the growing presence of extremist groups in Balochistan, which the commission said is only meant to replace the Baloch nationalists and counter their movement.

Asma Jahangir, human rights lawyer and member of the fact-finding mission, has said that religious groups had been given space in Balochistan deliberately.

“It is the biggest concern for the HRCP,” she said, adding that it would be a grave problem. “It is ironic that no one (security agencies and security forces) is taking action against these religious groups who are consolidating their positions in Balochistan,” Jahangir added.

 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Asif
    Nov 8, 2014 - 8:45PM

    Government is always ignorant . they never take any issue seriously.

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  • Syeda
    Nov 8, 2014 - 11:59PM

    Yeah coz Balochistan is already enough infiltrated with RAW paid agents…

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  • Nasir
    Nov 9, 2014 - 12:19AM

    These are the same people that said Osama was not in Pakistan. it’s a shame our leaders are out of touch with reality

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  • Fahim
    Nov 9, 2014 - 1:12AM

    Regarding sympos government is ignorant

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  • Beejamalo
    Nov 9, 2014 - 1:23AM

    Already in denial?

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  • karachi mirchi
    Nov 9, 2014 - 1:51AM

    Oh really??? A government that has no clue who perpetrates the killings on innocent Hazaras is making an outlandish claim such as this?? Shame has taken a whole new dimension in Balochistan, I suppose!

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  • ajeet
    Nov 9, 2014 - 3:42AM

    Didn’t Pakistan say the same about a guy found hiding in abbottabad?

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  • Indian
    Nov 9, 2014 - 8:05AM

    Pakistanis are biggest isis supporters so are muslims of kashmir

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  • bahaha
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:46AM

    @ajeet:
    According to the recent gossip Osama’s body was buried in pakistan in return for safe passage of the navy seals to Afghanistan. Wife of Osama can confirm this; which is really strange why nobody has asked her.

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  • Focus
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:06PM

    ISIS is ideology and have enough supporters in Pakistan…being careful is the only solution….

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