November 26, 2016: Islamic State is fast losing its territory in Iraq, but it is gradually flourishing in Pakistan with the help of local groups of terrorists. Islamic State is using Uzbek militants, Taliban fighters, and other groups, according to AP report as they got to know to it from the police officers, analysts.
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Islamic State seems to be satisfied with their local allies who are operating under their own identities and is allowing IS to claim responsibility when it comes to high-profile attacks.
In the Southwestern Balochistan province, a deadly attack took place last month on a police academy and IS circulated a photograph of one of the attackers, it was then two Taliban officers informed The Associated Press that the attacker was an Uzbek, and is most likely a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
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Initially, the authorities thought the attack was performed by militants in Afghanistan, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Pakistan’s anti-Shia group was blamed. Later, this became clear as IS claimed responsibility and also Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s spokesman Ali Bin Sufyan revealed that they partnered with IS and carried out the attack.
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A few weeks back an attack on a Sufi shrine in Southwestern Pakistan killed almost 50 people and wounded around 100. The group later said in a statement that the suicide bomber attacked to kill the Shiite Muslims and issued a picture of the attacker. A few sources claim that even this attack was allegedly carried out by IS.
Islamic State has been making an effort to spread in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
While they’ve already established a strong presence in Afghanistan, they are trying to do the same with Pakistan.
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Islamic State is trying to draw in disaffected Taliban fighters as well as use their substantial name. If IS gets close to both the LeJ and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, as these attacks suggest, they would quickly become a major player in Pakistan.
– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi