The surfacing of Islamic State (IS) and its advances in different parts of the Islamic world have offered ascend to grave worries to the strength and security of the area with grinding impacts. In October 2006, the Mujahideen Shura Council merged with several other insurgent groups and established the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). In June 2014, ISIS announced the creation of a caliphate (Islamic state) that erases all state borders, making al-Baghdadi the self-declared Caliph of the world’s estimated 1.5 billion Muslims. The group also announced a name change to the Islamic State (IS).
The degree of terror association Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS’s) risk to Pakistan is easily proven wrong, however the developing impact of the fear bunch in the nation can’t be disregarded. There are different groups in Pakistan that have claimed commitment to the association and ISIS-connected fear mongers keep on being captured from various parts of Pakistan. For a nation that is as of now occupied with an undeniable operation against activists, the presence of another (greater) aggressor group is unquestionably stressing.
In 2014, a couple of months after ISIS reported a worldwide Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Levant, their purposeful publicity writing started showing up in Pakistan. A booklet supporting the terror group, titled “Fatah” was dispersed in Peshawar and a few zones of FATA. In 2015, the common provincial gov of Balochistan passed on a confidential report to the central government and law implementation offices cautioning of expanded impressions of ISIS. The ‘secret information report’ stated that ISIS has claimed to have recruited a massive 10 to 12,000 followers from the Hangu and Kurram Agency tribal areas. Last year ISIS created a Khurasan province (ISIS-Khurasan) which included Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2015 an attack took place in Karachi aiming a bus of the Ismaeli minority community of the city in Safoora Goth area. A statement released by ISIS and disseminated on its social media accounts claimed accountability for the shooting.
- The government is so far tight-lipped on the issue and seems to be in disowning mode about ground realities. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has time after time said that ISIS is not a risk to Pakistan. A few months ago, the minister said that terrorist organisations present in the country function at the same time as giving an imprint of being ISIS contracts.
- For any terror group, backing works like oxygen. It is the support from common people that fortifies them and acceptability that keeps them going. We have seen numerous militant groups and individuals in Pakistan openly supporting ISIS. Why is the government not doing anything about it? The government is absolutely hesitant to arrest him for reasons unknown.
- There are a number of steps that the government needs to take to certify that the ISIS mentality does not damage the constancy of Pakistan. Activism in all its forms needs to be dealt with an iron fist. The government should improve authority and safeguard social justice so as to win people’s support in war against terrorism and extremism.