Notorious ringleader of takfiri Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) Mullah Fazlullah’s, announcement to send fighters to help the terrorists of DAESH (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria is a disturbing development for Pakistan as the move shows that after extending its area of influence in the Middle East, the takfiri nasbi group is expanding its ideological boundaries to South Asia, mainly Pakistan.
Amir Mir, who is known as an expert on the issue of takfiri nasbi terrorist groups, said in his latest analysis that:
The pledge by the Pakistani Taliban follow the DAESH’s taking control of parts of Iraq and Syria. But the most worrying development from Islamabad’s point of view is that the fanatic ideology of the DAESH has found resonance in Pakistan where a number of self-claimed Jihadi (but in fact takfiri) groups have already announced their support for the group.
In the most recent development, the Pakistani Taliban have vowed to send fighters to help the DAESH terrorists in Iraq and Syria, adding that the group should set aside its differences with other militant organisations in that region.
Shahidullah Shahid, the spokesman for outlawed al-Qaeda-linked (banned) Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, has urged [on behalf of his Ameer Mullah Fazlullah] all militant organisations fighting in the Middle East to unite. “From the very beginning, when the DAESH did not exist, we are helping and supporting the Mujahideen of Iraq and Syria. Our group (TTP) had sent between 1,000 and 1,500 fighters to the (Middle Eastern) region so far. We are with you in this hard times and will help you as much as possible. We advise you to be patient and determined at such a hard time and stay united, as your enemies stand united against you.”
The subject of sending Pakistani fighters to Syria and Iraq is touchy for Islamabad as the Pakistani authorities have repeatedly denied that any such movements have ever taken place. In reality, however, in a clear bid to broaden its influence in Pakistan, the DAESH had even distributed pamphlets in Peshawar last month, declaring that the self-claimed caliphate led by Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi, was planning to expand its boundaries from Iraq and Syria, to Khorasan [which includes Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of India]. Distributed in the first week of September in Peshawar and in the Afghan refugee camps on the outskirts of Peshawar, the booklet titled Fatah (victory) was published in Pashto and Dari languages. The logo of the pamphlet carried the Kalma, and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Introducing itself as DAESH in the pamphlet, the ISIL made an appeal to the local people to support its struggle to establish the Islamic caliphate that Sunni Muslim clerics across the world have rejected unanimously.
Besides distributing its literature and pamphlets, some of the ISIS supporters also made wall chalking in Peshawar, asking the local population to join and support the group. The distribution of the pamphlets in Pakistan as well as on the Afghan border shows that the ultra-radical group is trying to inspire militants even in the strongholds of Taliban and al-Qaeda. Following its rise in the Middle East and its proclamation of a (fraud) caliphate, the al-Qaeda leadership has clearly distanced itself from the group, chiding it for its violent and brutal expansion. It is interesting and amazing that mother of modern takfiri terrorism distancing it from its own brainchild. While al-Qaeda is being led by Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, a firebrand cleric turned terrorist while Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi leads the Daesh.
In fact, the TTP is not the first Pakistani takfiri militant group to have extended support to the DAESH. A previously little known Jihadi outfit — Tehrik-e-Khilafat — considered to be a part of the Pakistani Taliban and having claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Karachi, was the first one to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakar Baghdadi on July 12, 2014 while vowing to raise the DAESH flag in South Asia. The group became the first self claimed Jihadi (but in fact a takfiri terrorist) outfit in South Asia to break ranks from al-Qaeda and declare allegiance to the DAESH. “Sheikh Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi shall consider Tehrik-e-Khilafat as one of the arrows among his arrows which he has kept for his bow. We are praying to give us chance to see in our lives the expansion of our boundaries toward the Subcontinent and Khorasan region in order to hoist the flag of DAESH here,” a group spokesman said.
Khorasan is the historic name used by DAESH for an area covering, Pakistan, Afghanistan and some parts of India. Another interesting thing is that the Daesh map shows Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of its Khorasan province. Al-Qaeda and Taliban linked militants believe that the movement for the establishment of the DAESH of Khorasan will emerge from the region comprising the Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan and the Malakand region of Pakistan. They consider Khorasan as the base camp of international Jihad from where they will be expanding the DAESH boundaries into other non-Muslim lands.
After the self-claimed Tehrik-e-Khilafat, it was the turn of another takfiri offshoot Jamaat ul Ahrar, a splinter group of the TTP, to declare its support to the DAESH on September 4. Jamaat ul Ahrar leader and a former Taliban spokesman, notorious takfiri Ehsanullah Ehsan, had stated: “We respect them. They are our Mujahideen brothers. If they ask us for help, we will look into it and decide.”
It was probably the diminishing influence and appeal of al-Qaeda in this region that prompted the fugitive al-Qaeda Ameer Ayman Zawahiri to announce on September 4, the establishment of an Indian franchise headed by a Pakistani commander Asim Umar to raise the flag of (terrorism in the name of) Jihad across South Asia.
More than two years since the beginning of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thousands of warriors from various Muslim countries, including Pakistan, have reportedly traveled to Syria to fight with the al-Qaeda-linked ISIS. And going by some latest media reports, hundreds more (takfiri) warriors belonging to the banned TTP and outlawed LeJ have reached Iraq to join hands with the forces of the DAESH. An Iraq-based — the Ansar ul Islam — has already released a video showing training activity at a Jihadi camp dedicated to the memory of Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, one of the two cleric brothers who took centre-stage during the Lal Masjid standoff in July 2007.
Therefore, terrorism experts believe that the rise and success of the notorious takfiri DAESH could play an inspirational role in Pakistan where 100-plus al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked takfiri terrorist outfits are operating in the name Jihadi groups.