No presence of Daesh in Pakistan: Foreign Office

Published: November 19, 2015
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Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. PHOTO: AFP

Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has once again categorically denied the presence of Islamic State (IS) on its soil.

“There is no footprint of Daesh in Pakistan. We will also not tolerate anyone affiliated with it,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah during his weekly press briefing on Thursday.

He said the country was aware of the threat posed by the militant group, adding the security forces were on full alert.

Earlier on October 3, army chief General Raheel Sharif, while addressing the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London, said Pakistan would not allow ‘even a shadow’ of Daesh, and termed the group a greater threat than al Qaeda.

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Khalilullah said Pakistan was cooperating with the international community in combating terrorism.

With regards to the Paris attacks, the foreign office spokesperson said Pakistan officially condemned the terrorist activity.

The Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen in Paris that killed at least 128 people at a concert hall, restaurants and the national sports stadium.

The attacks traumatised France and other countries in Europe, which grappled with fears of religious extremism and violent militants, radicalised by the conflicts in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.

Terrorism cannot be associated with any religion, added Khalilullah.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • curious2
    Nov 19, 2015 - 6:21PM

    Unlikely – another ET article sharing front page says that only 28% of Pakistanis have negative view of IS. That is disturbing – especially for a country which has been on the receiving end of Taliban terrorism for more than a decade.Recommend

  • Adeel Abbas
    Nov 19, 2015 - 8:33PM

    ISIS is present currently in the form of Taliban/Lal masjid and other so many silent supporters which require to be treated with iron hand.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Nov 19, 2015 - 8:36PM

    Keep saying it enough times, who knows, maybe it will actually come true.
    For us realists, its not hard to imagine Daesh is in Pak and authorities are not acting against them so they dont ‘ruffle any feathers’!Recommend

  • Sid
    Nov 20, 2015 - 1:30AM

    Ofcourse, even Osama was never present in Pakistan.Recommend

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