By: Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari
Dated: September 9, 2014
The ISIS that came into light couple months back in Iraq and Syria is said to be trying to organize its branch in Pakistan from the past few weeks. ISIS that follows their own brand of Islam in the above mentioned countries and they consider every one to be a non-Muslim who do not fallow their ideology.
Recently ISIS literature was uncovered in Peshawar. The literature included a 12-page pamphlet in which ISIS ideology was discussed and Pakistani citizens were called to join the ISIS.
According to a field reporter there are four Afghan Taliban militant commanders and one Pakistani who are involved in establishing ISIS branches in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The names of the Afghan commanders are as follow
- Abdur Rahim Muslim Dost
- Commander Abdul Qahar
- Tayyub Agha
- Mufti Abu Zar
The name of the Pakistani militant affiliated with ISIS is said to be Abu Zar.
Abdur Rahim Muslim Dost and Abdul Qahar are said to be the main commanders of ISIS in Afghanistan. They control Kunar and Jalalabad in Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan adjacent to Pakistan. Abdur Rahim Muslim Dost is said to have spent time in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. It is not known when he was freed
Mufti Ajmal is said to be in charge of ISIS chapter in Pakistan. It is not known where Mufti Ajmal is based nowadays. Abu Zar the Pakistani member of ISIS belongs to Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. He is said to be responsible for circulating ISIS pamphlets in Peshawar and its surroundings.
ISIS is trying to make inroads to Pakistan from the past few months because they think Pakistan is a very important state with nuclear weapons and a large population and has a very important strategic location and this is why ISIS wants to establish it self in Pakistan.
ISIS wants to create an Islamic caliphate in the Muslim world to unite all Muslims under one banner. The ISIS head, Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi, who has also declared himself caliph and has ordered his followers to call him Caliph Ibrahim is said to have spent a long time in South and North Waziristan agencies of FATA to fight against the American and NATO forces based inside Afghanistan and against the Pakistani army and government in FATA. Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi has also written a letter to Mullah Omar of Afghanistan, the Amir al-Mominneen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, to challenge his claim of being the caliph. Mullah Omar is said to have ignored his challenge and has given no answer.
In Pakistan ISIS is in its early stage and its leaders and commanders are keeping a very low profile in the country and this is the reason that very little is known about ISIS leaders in Pakistan. According to a local source close to the TTP Mansud, the ISIS is trying to convince Pakistani militants to join their group. It is said that the newly formed group Jamaat ul Ahrar led by Abdul Wali alias Omar Khalid Khurassani may join the ISIS. Militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Lashker-e-Jhangvi may also join the group because the above-mentioned groups are anti-Shia and ISIS is also anti-Shia and both consider the Shias to be heretics.
The TTP-Hakimullah Mahsud group led by Shehryar Mahsud at the moment is silent but it is said that if they came under immense pressure of the government and the army due to the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azab going on in North Waziristan Agency from the past three months they may also join the ISIS in the twin agencies of FATA.
The involvement of Afghan Taliban in establishing ISIS in Pakistan is very worrisome and it has worried the Pakistani public that why the Afghan Taliban are trying to establish groups like ISIS in Pakistan which has already destroyed Iraq and Syria. Majority of the Pakistani militant groups are not in favor of ISIS and they had vowed their allegiance to Mullah Omar since late 1990s.