Pakistan

CTD arrested Two IS campaigners in Peshawar

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested two campaigners of the self-styled Islamic State (IS) from Notia Bazaar Peshawar on Friday night.

Leaflets and pamphlets calling for support for proscribed IS militant organisation were also recovered from the arrested suspects.

The arrested men are affiliated to a militant organisation and were preaching for IS in Peshawar’s Notia Bazaar area when they were arrested, according to CTD officials.

Cases have been registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 against the campaigners.

According to initial intelligence information both the suspects were trained in Afghanistan.

Security in Peshawar was put on high alert after the incident.

Daesh — or Islamic State — had recently announced it was setting itself up for operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Attackers of the Safoora Goth carnage in Karachi last week had also left an IS pamphlet at the crime scene before fleeing on motorcycles.

Pro-IS leaflets were seen in parts of Northwest Pakistan, while slogans have appeared on walls in several cities.

The foreign office recently broke its silence regarding the Islamic State’s activities inside Pakistan, admitting that the radical Islamist group posed a “serious threat” to the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that this Wahhabi deadly terrorist organization has exposed its presence in Pakistan after killing 45 citizens on Wednesday in Karachi.

This was the first time that ISIS claimed its existence in Pakistan by threatening the government and Pakistan army for more terrorist attacks like the bus-firing incident of Safora Chowk Karachi.

Pakistan has been a haven for extremists or Islamists militants belonging to various outfits, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban), al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jundallah, Jamaat ul Ahrar, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), and the Haqqani network.

All of these radical groups follow the extreme political and religious views of Wahhabism or Deobandi fundamentalism. These groups have demonstrated their resilience, as they have been fighting the Pakistan army – the world’s sixth largest army – since 2004.

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