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Spread out effect: ISIS making ways into Pakistan, Afghanistan

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PESHAWAR: In a bid to lengthen its sway in the South Asian region, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS), generally known as Daish, distributed brochures in Peshawar and border provinces of Afghanistan as well.

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The leaflet titled Fatah (victory) is published in Pashto and Dari language and was dispersed in Peshawar as well as in Afghanistan refugee camps on the contour of the city. The logo of the pamphlet has the Kalma, the historical stamp of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Some copies were also mysteriously sent to Afghan journalists functioning in Peshawar.

On the last page of the pamphlet, the editor’s name appears to be false and where the document has been published cannot be ascertained. Since long, Afghan resistance groups, including Haqqani network, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan and Tora Bora group have been publishing similar pamphlets, magazines and propaganda literature in Peshawar black markets.

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The ISIS, introducing itself as Daulat-e-Islamia (Islamic State) in the pamphlet, has made a request to the local inhabitants for supporting its struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.

A number of hard-line groups working in Pakistan and Afghanistan have already announced support for the faction headed by afghan Taliban. Among them, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost and Maulvi Abdul Qahar, stalwarts of Saudi Arabia-backed Salafi Taliban groups operating in Nuristan and Kunar province of Afghanistan, have already announce support for the self-esteemed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Beside allocation of its text and pamphlets, some of the ISIS supports have also made wall chalking, asking locals to join and support the group. Some cars and vehicles also have ISIS stickers attached on them.

Meanwhile, in recent times established Ahrarul Islam, a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is already working on the lines of ISIS. Similar is the status of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), also known as Hizb-e-Islami Turkistan.

 

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