Would not allow even a shadow of Islamic State in Pakistan: army chief

By AFP
Published: October 3, 2015
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Army chief General Raheel Sharif addresses The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London on Friday. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif addresses The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London on Friday. PHOTO: ISPR

LONDON: Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said Pakistan would not allow “even a shadow” of Islamic State and termed the group a greater threat than al Qaeda.

“As far as IS is concerned, in Pakistan, even a shadow of IS would not be allowed,” Sharif said in an address to The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London on Friday.

In May, the Islamic State militant group claimed the killings of at least 43 members of the Shia Ismailis n Karachi.

Leaflets backing IS extremists have been seen recently in parts of the country and pro-IS slogans have appeared on walls in several cities.

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“There are people in Islamabad who want to show their allegiance to IS. So it’s a very dangerous phenomenon,” General Raheel said.

The COAS said dealing with the extremist group was set to become an ever greater challenge than the al Qaeda network behind 9/11 attacks in the United States.

“I feel the future challenge is IS. It’s a bigger name. Al Qaeda was a name but IS is now a bigger name,” he said.

The army chief emphasised the reconciliation between Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government. He expressed his fear the Taliban could seek an alliance with IS unless they were brought back to the negotiating table.

“This reconciliation in Afghanistan is very important. If we do not do it in the proper manner and the Afghan Taliban splinter, they would go for a bigger name and that is IS,” General Raheel said.

Army chief returns from UK

Meanwhile, the COAS returned to the country on Saturday after a three-day visit of the UK, the ISPR said.

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  • Qasim
    Oct 3, 2015 - 7:41PM

    ISIS is America’s new terrorist group. Took decades for US to admit, CIA created&funded Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the 80’s against Soviets. I would NOT be surprised if we find out in a decade that ISIS was CIA’s new group.

    Already very senior US military people like retd. General Wesley Clarke, say that ISIS was created by “America’s closest friends” to destabilize all of Israel’s neighbors. So far, that’s exactly what ISIS has done. Along with Iraq&Syria, even killed alot of Hezbollah, and now threatening to terminate Hamas in Gaza as well.

    CIA’s terrorist groups are always very well-funded and well-armed. I don’t think America is just going to easily let Pakistan go. They can’t accept nuclear Iran, how can they be content with failing to destabilize Pak, which has a large nuclear arsenal, and much more potential(CPEC, native armament industry, increasing science&engineering base).Recommend

  • Oct 3, 2015 - 7:58PM

    Good job..Recommend

  • chengez k
    Oct 3, 2015 - 10:29PM

    We shall prevail

    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Paa Ji
    Oct 3, 2015 - 11:59PM

    Thank you Gen. sahib. We believe you and in the abilities of our army.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:04AM

    @Qasim: Stop confusing people of Pakistan. IS and Al-Qaida are enemies of Islam and Muslims. Who cares who created them. General’s statement is very timely. We need brave soldiers like him.Recommend

  • Ghulam Ghaus
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:23AM

    Army should establish 24 hours think tank and communication media cell to interact with foreign Media and UN OIC countries to properly update and meeting discussions on regional safety and mattersRecommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:05AM

    Our hero General Raheel Sharif right if Afghan government could not come to negotiate table then Taliban and IS alliance will crunch Afghanistan which NDS and Abdullah Abdullah don’t want because they are getting money from India
    Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Zindabad Pakistan PaindabadRecommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:07AM

    Our hero General Raheel Sharif right if Afghan government could not come to negotiate table then Taliban and IS alliance will crunch Afghanistan which NDS and Abdullah Abdullah want
    because they are getting money from India
    Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Zindabad Pakistan PaindabadRecommend

  • Zahid abc
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:07AM

    Our hero General Raheel Sharif right if Afghan government could not come to negotiate table then Taliban and IS alliance will crunch Afghanistan which NDS and Abdullah Abdullah want
    because they are getting money from India
    Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Zindabad Pakistan PaindabadRecommend

  • Zahid abc
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:08AM

    Our hero General Raheel Sharif right if Afghan government could not come to negotiate table then Taliban and IS alliance will crunch Afghanistan which NDS and Abdullah Abdullah want
    because they are getting money from India
    Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Zindabad Pakistan PaindabadRecommend

  • Maindak
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:21AM

    IS is the new hotnessRecommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:49AM

    @Qasim:
    You’re right.
    Islamic State terrorists are all Christians, Hindus and Yehudis.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:03AM

    Of course, Pakistan will not help them because until now ISIS is a BAD terrorist. They will never become veritable arm of the ISI, as is the case of other goodie terrorists sheltered by Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sam
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:26AM

    how about homegrown ones?Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:59AM

    Why the rhetorics in UK? Is he looking for some aid in the form of weapons and money?Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Oct 4, 2015 - 8:01AM

    “The army chief emphasised the reconciliation between Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government. He expressed his fear the Taliban could seek an alliance with IS unless they were brought back to the negotiating table.

    “This reconciliation in Afghanistan is very important. If we do not do it in the proper manner and the Afghan Taliban splinter, they would go for a bigger name and that is IS,” General Raheel said.”

    Blackmailing the world again?Recommend

  • V. C. Bhutani
    Oct 4, 2015 - 9:03AM

    As if IS will seek your visas before coming.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Oct 4, 2015 - 9:13AM

    Then the first thing you should do is to stop brandishing your nukes in everybody’s face. These ‘bums’ are what will surely draw IS to Pakistan.Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Moderator ET- Not 2, not 3 but 4 identical comments. All proclaiming Our hero General Raheel Sharif right . . What exactly is going on?Recommend

  • Qasim
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @Ashraf – ISIS also has alot of misguided Muslims. Why is that?

    The region that ISIS thrives in(Iraq, parts of Syria), are places that have suffered catastrophic US wars. When a superpower comes in and kills MILLIONS of people, it has a profound impact on the nation’s collective psyche. Almost everyone has lost a parent, or a brother, or a child. People have seen their loved-ones lifelessly splattered across the floor.

    This has an effect, and often pretty-much drives them crazy. This has nothing to do with Islam. No sane person with any hope of a better future, suicide-bombs themselves up. Only crazies like these, who have been through things that have warped their basic humanity, end up doing things like these.

    Sadly, the US war in Iraq, and it’s subsequent ongoing situation now with regional warlords, makes for a very fertile ground for terror recruits.Recommend

  • Imran
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:30PM

    @Qasim:
    TrueRecommend

  • Oct 6, 2015 - 5:05AM

    India is the main culprit….India has a habbit to show its little money…pakistan should bomb afghanistan if the IS tries to threaten Pakistan….what general rahhel is saying is that Indian RAW can use the splintered groups of afghan taliban….and turn them into islamic stateRecommend

  • Jamal
    Oct 31, 2015 - 4:24AM

    The next PM of Pakistan is the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. Pakistan does not have a real foreign minster. The imports are increasing and the export is negligible. The state does not care about the exports. They need 20 billion USD as remittances. They love the word remittance. The Raheel General is frequently visiting the private politicians as in Turkey or military generals as in Italy. The military Pakistan is champion on how to make coups.Recommend

  • Nov 2, 2015 - 8:48PM

    @Jamal:
    It would be better if we stop asking the military to intervene in political matters…where the government will need military help…they will ask themself….and this is what the government and military are doing now.Recommend

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