Footprint: 50 militants pledge allegiance to IS

A few days ago, leading figures of the group declared loyalty to the political administration


Our Correspondent January 19, 2015
A few days ago, leading figures of the group declared loyalty to the political administration. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR:


At least 50 militants belonging to a self-styled extremist vigilante group from Khyber Agency have joined the Islamic State (IS). The militants, belonging to Amar Bil Maroof group, including commanders Haya Khan and Waheed, made the announcement at the remote Tirah valley late Saturday night.


A massive security operation, codenamed Khyber-I, has been ongoing in Tirah and Bara areas of the troubled agency since mid-October. Hundreds of militants have surrendered to civil and military authorities so far during the offensive targeted at all militant groups, particularly Lashkar-e-Islam of warlord Mangal Bagh Afridi.

The Amar Bil Maroof group was formed a decade ago by an Afridi tribesman, Haji Namdar, when two rival extremist groups headed by Mangal Bagh and Qazi Mahboob entered into an armed conflict against each other. Later, Niaz Gul of the Bar Qambarkhel sub-clan of the Afridi tribe became chief of the group.

A few days ago, leading figures of the group declared loyalty to the political administration. Stalwarts within the group said peace committees will be established to fulfill their territorial responsibilities as per the Frontier Crimes Regulation. While top Amar Bil Maroof leaders have not commented on the decision to join IS, tribal sources said the 50 fighters have opposed ‘Sarrishta’ (loyalty to the government).

Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2015.

COMMENTS (5)

goggi (Lahore) | 6 years ago | Reply

Pakistan is a military and police state and so are its people......illiterate, quarrelsome, aggressive, violent, brutally dictatorial and above all suffering from Fixation i.e obsession of religion.

Fixation or obsession (Latin: idea fixa "unchangeable idea"), even called overvalued idea, is a symptom in the field of clinical psychology and psychiatry.

Shery | 6 years ago | Reply

@Rana Jeet: This all is thirst of unknown, in love to be there where no one has been befrore..

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