Pakistan militants join ISIL terrorists
Militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas are joining the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, Press TV reports.
Pakistani military units have conducted military operations to eliminate terrorists in North Waziristan tribal region since June. The offensive has led to the splitting of the militants into several factions with many of them joining the ranks of ISIL.
Several commanders of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group have joined the ISIL, Nazir Hussain, a professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad told Press TV, adding that the ISIL terrorists are distributing pamphlets in Peshawar, some areas of Lahore, and Indian-administered Kashmir.
The development came as a “secret” memo provided by the provincial government of Balochistan, a southwestern province that borders Afghanistan, has recently revealed that the ISIL has created a 10-man “strategic planning wing” with a master plan on how to wage war against the Pakistani army, and is trying to join forces with local militants in the country.
“They are now planning to inflict casualties on Pakistan army outfits who are taking part in operation Zarb-e-Azb,” said the memo, referring to the military offensive against the Pakistani pro-Taliban and other militants.
The document, which has been sent to authorities and intelligence officials across Pakistan, warned that the Takfiri group seeks to provoke sectarian unrest by deploying the local terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on offensives against Pakistan’s Shia Muslim community.
The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for a spate of violence against Shia Muslims in Pakistan.
The ISIL claims to have recruited 10,000 to 12,000 militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas on the Afghan border, the memo said.
Meanwhile, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a militant group based in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula, pledged allegiance to the ISIL in an audio speech posted late Sunday on its Twitter account and a militant website
The ISIL terrorists are in control of large areas across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.