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Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Footprints of the militant group known as Islamic State have now also started appearing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s town of Bannu, days after similar reports of the extremist group’s presence were received from other parts of the country.

Wall-chalking welcoming IS – which is also known by the names of Daish and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – have now appeared in various parts of Bannu city including its cantonment area.

Bannu borders North Waziristan tribal agency, known to be the Pakistani Taliban nerve-centre where the Pakistani military is carrying out Operation Zarb-i-Azb to flush them out.

“We welcome the head of Syrian Daish Group Abu Bakkar Al Bagdadi and pay him tributes,” says the graffiti in Urdu language in various parts of Bannu district.

Also read: Nisar rules out presence of IS militants in Pakistan

The message from little-known group ‘Awami Baghi Group Bannu Waziristan’ appears to endorse a reported threat alert issued earlier by the Balochistan Home Department that the group has recruited more than 10,000 fighters from Kurram tribal agency and Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.

Wall chalking was reported to be seen on City Road, Cantt Road, Dera Ismail Khan road and Miran Shah road in Bannu.

Earlier, pamphlets believed to be from IS were also distributed in various parts of Peshawar and the Afghan refugee camp but were later seized.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee made chief of Islamic State Khorasan belt

The Islamic State group first started making inroads into Pakistan and Afghanistan in September this year as former Guantanamo detainee, Abdul Raheem Muslim Dost, was made the chief of its ‘Khorasan’ (the old name for Afghan, Pakistani, Irani and Central Asian territories) chapter, and started gearing up to muster the support of former jihadists.

IS propaganda booklets were reportedly distributed in parts of the Afghan-Pakistan tribal belt and in some Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar.

The black and white pamphlet-like magazine carried a message urging support for IS saying the Caliphate declared in parts of Iraq and Syria will expand to Khorasan, comprising Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asian countries.

Sources claim the booklet was distributed by Muslim Dost himself.

The 12-page booklet titled “Fateh” (meaning ‘victory’ in Pashto and Dari languages) was reportedly distributed in Afghan refugee camps, in Board Bazaar and Kharkhano Market Peshawar, as well as some parts of Afghanistan including Herat province.

Also read: IS visits militants in Balochistan: Jundullah spokesman

A former Guantanamo prison detainee and key Afghan Taliban commander operating mostly in Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost and other militant commanders had previously announced their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the IS ‘Caliph’.

A senior Afghan Mujahideen commander who wished not to be named confirmed that Muslim Dost has been appointed the chief of Khorasan belt chapter of IS, and that he has kicked off a campaign to muster support of jihadist fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hizb-i-Islami, a conservative militant and political group in Afghanistan, confirmed through its spokesperson Haroon Zargon that they also had reports of the propaganda booklet distributed in the Pak-Afghan border areas and Afghan localities in Peshawar.

He denied that the Gulbadin Hikmatyar-led group has pledged allegiance to IS.

Six top militant commanders of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), including its former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, have previously announced allegiance to IS. The TTP axed Shahid as its spokesman following the allegiance statement.

  KP Home Secretary Syed Akthar Ali Shah
KP Home Secretary Syed Akthar Ali Shah

Others TTP commanders include Orakzai agency chief Hafiz Saeed, Kurram Agency chief Daulat Khan, Khyber Agency chief Fateh Gul Zaman, Peshawar chief Mufti Hassan, and Khalid Mansoor, the chief of TTP in Hangu.

Spokesman for the TTP splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar, Ehsanullah Ehsan, has also said that they support IS but are yet to announce formal allegiance.

Responding to the reports, KP Home Secretary Syed Akthar Ali Shah said that they were probing the reports of the distribution of the booklet but he said that he doubted its authenticity and was so far unable to comment with surety on its authenticity.

Comments (70) Closed

Anurag Nov 13, 2014 10:44pm

This is Insane! God Bless

Fzr Nov 13, 2014 10:51pm

Mercy, mercy, mercy. Reham kar.

Suru Nov 13, 2014 11:00pm

Should be taken seriously as Baitullah Mehsud the founder of TTP was also born in Bannu

AR Nov 13, 2014 11:08pm

Taking Pakistan back to stone ages

AYZA Nov 13, 2014 11:13pm

Disturbing if true .. our military and security apparatus must be vigilant and in preventing any groups who would do our nation harm. Poor innocent villagers have been victimized by these bad operators for too long.

Aly khan Nov 13, 2014 11:24pm

We need to empower locals to be vigilant and report suspected people and activities. This war can't just rely on security forces. Common public have to play a big part

Numan Nov 13, 2014 11:39pm

an recently choudry nisar said ther is no evedence of isis in Pakistan! here it is

Dystopia Nov 13, 2014 11:42pm

I wouldn't worry about a few writings on the wall but given our history of security, intelligence agencies should stay alert.

Jadugar Nov 13, 2014 11:42pm

The signs are all over, Pakistan govt, needs to act now or we will regret with our lives , our children do not deserve the future that these Barbaric people will bring to them. Our values and culture be slaughtered, horrific example would be made of us in the name of Islam. Pakistan has to wake up to this terrible threat.

seema Nov 13, 2014 11:57pm

According to our respectable all knowing interior minister bannu is not in Pakistan. That's why he said that there is no such thing as IS in Pakistan. Shame on our government. They do not have any fear as they will run away from the country leaving swam behind them on the mercy of IS barbarians.

Agha Ata Nov 14, 2014 12:04am

Where is our interior minister who claimed that we have no DAISH in Pakistan. And I said in my comments that no politician should say anything with surety that might be proved wrong shortly.

shahid Nov 14, 2014 12:08am

We have full confidence in Pakistan Army. Pakistan Army is far far much better then Iraqi and Syrian Armies. IS is struggling against these armies so what they can do harm to Pakistan in the presence of powerful Pakistan Army. Only need to identify those elements in Pakistan who support IS and wipe them off.

Naseer Nov 14, 2014 12:20am

Our armed forces are already in the tribal areas. Should we worry about ISIS? A good test for our armed forces.

J Nov 14, 2014 12:20am

As a hostile neighbour, no matter how much i dont like you, this time i am seriously concerned. I hope you overcome this . Goodluck

zafar syed Nov 14, 2014 12:21am

Another tragedy to the state already inflicted and radicalized by taliban. The emergence of ISIS in Pakistan is an alarming news.

Faiza G. R. Bhatt Nov 14, 2014 12:31am

western countries' conspiracy to weaken muslim countries. nip this evil in the bud or else its pakistan now and india tomorrow.

Life Nov 14, 2014 12:33am

It must be true because Government (Ch. Nisar) denied their presence yesterday.

Malik Achakzai Nov 14, 2014 12:37am

After having thousands of AQ, TTP, Afghan Taliban, Haqqani Network militants in and around FATA, Khyber Pashtunkhwa, no one can reject the presence of IS. Because, after Torabora bombardment, the top ranking militants have shuttled in between Fata, Balochistan, Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Karachi and Punjab. At the same time, groups plan their attacks from FATA, as mentioned in different media and research organization reports.

shah Nov 14, 2014 12:42am

These Isis are even more delusional and psycho than TTP

Ravi Dallas TX Nov 14, 2014 12:42am

They killed or beheaded thousands of Muslims already in other parts. Matter of time it will happen in Pakistan unless proper action is taken now.

krishna Nov 14, 2014 12:49am

It is never Army's duty/responsibility to take care of public against militants that sprouted in public places each day. Police and government must tackle it in all earnestness. Don't stress out Army for all trouble in Pakistan streets. Leave them to do their job and their help would be there only if needed in case of emergency to government for internal stability and peace. Help let them do their job of securing the borders.

Avacado Nov 14, 2014 01:00am

What else the twisted minds can do except to built minarets of skulls.

Muhammmed Nov 14, 2014 01:24am

We all knew Ch Nisar was lying through his teeth.

Wondi Nov 14, 2014 01:27am

This is ISIS vs ISI, When a news agency like Dawn can gather indepth detail about ISIS what is pakistan's intelligence agency ISI doing till now. This is really alarming and worrying factor..............

خدا اس کی برائیوں سے پاکستان کو بچانے کے

dv1936 Nov 14, 2014 01:35am

Time for Hon'ble Home Minister to wake up.

jj Nov 14, 2014 01:59am

@AR It's already here.

Yamuri Nov 14, 2014 02:00am

The IS monster is a Western creation to destabilise islamic countries further. They train them, arm them, give them names, media publicity etc... trying to nail the muslim countries down while also blaming Islam. I am sure Pakistani people are aware of these stunts and wont allow such adventures. Hypocrisy, bigotism, exploitation of other nations, dividing people and creating wars (in the name of democracy, freedom or religious oppression etc) have been their main tactics as seen in the recent and remote past. Beware dont fall in this trap!!!

Sana Ullah Nov 14, 2014 02:11am

Jagtay Rehna Bayoo....

Adam Bezar Nov 14, 2014 02:30am

Have Pakistanis accepted something good so fast? Why do we always try to associate ourselves with someone already condemned by the rest of the world?

Bill Gates Nov 14, 2014 02:45am

Army need to Really Kick some A** in those area ASAP regardless what KP Home Secretary Syed Akthar Ali Shah says. Cause ISIS are coming soon..If Govt. Ignore this, it will too late to get them out....And they are more Dangerous and they only understand Killing People...

AHS Nov 14, 2014 02:47am

I guess another Ameriki agent turned at Guatanomo Question is why has the Pakistan Establishment turned a blind eye to this ? I refuse to believe that those who are chalking the walls with slogans cannot be apprehended and brought before the public notice !

NN Nov 14, 2014 03:17am

What's Imran Khan saying about this?

Ganga Din Nov 14, 2014 03:32am

I still believe Nisar Ali. The man has good insight. Such knowledgeable people come around once in a while. We should all contribute a little bit towards his expenses for hair maintenance.

Moiz Omar Nov 14, 2014 03:41am

This is frightening. Action needs to be taken against this immediately.

Jamila khatoon Nov 14, 2014 03:42am

@AR It already is.

S.... Nov 14, 2014 03:45am

Although IS is a very serious threat to peace and stability in Middle east and prospective threat to whole world but in case of Pakistan, Media is exaggerating the situation by projecting a single wall chalking (You can see that this is a single wall and 3 pictures of the same graffiti ) in a city as a breeding ground for this fanatic group. It would be better to tell the people about this group's atrocities, brutal and violent acts of terrorism in Iraq and syria instead of making public these small individual advertisements in different cities

Oz Nov 14, 2014 04:40am

This is the work of local Taliban and ASWJ, all funded by criminals and agencies. God help this country.

kaku Nov 14, 2014 05:12am

@Muhammmed But why?

Hoodwink Nov 14, 2014 05:20am

@Yamuri Sorry to bust your bubble but ISIS was created and till recently funded by your Saudi and Qatari brothers. The West don't have to do anything to malign Islam, there are enough elements within Islam to do that. Pakistan has long fallen into the trap but this time there is no way out. US is not going to fund Pakistan's fight against IS.

shaant manav Nov 14, 2014 05:35am

Pakistan is good host!!! Now when these people will carry terror acts in Pakistan then my Pakistani brothers will blame foreign agencies...I must say that pakistan army is good in psychological warfare but unfortunately the target audience is their own country men who then become ostriches.

javed Nov 14, 2014 07:34am

@Yamuri are all the world muslims are dump western make concipracy against you and muslim world just see as a dump wake up man all muslims are responsible for that not western world

SMQ Zaman Nov 14, 2014 08:22am

@Yamuri Either you are a supporter of IS, Taliban and al-Qaeda or you are a conspiracy-theorist misleading the public with the clash of civilisation theory promoted by these Khawarij or Seceders from Islam! Don't make accusations and unintelligible and non-intellectual arguments, if you have neither direct or corroborative and independent evidence, please.....! If I was marking your script, I would give you a BAD FAIL!

Taimur Nov 14, 2014 08:57am

Shall Maulana Imran Khan take action against them? I think he will justify it by referring to drone attacks.

"former Guantanamo detainee, Abdul Raheem Muslim Dost" - then why there was so much hue and cry against guantanamo as time is proving that those who managed to get out from there are risk to global peace

Zak Nov 14, 2014 09:17am

Pakistan and its people are strong enough, in every respect to take on any terrorist group we encounter, be it ; Taliban, Al Qaeda, Jundulah, LJhangvi, RAW- we defeat them. It is poor corrupt leadership that is keeping Pakistan down.

Baba De Kamaqlano Nov 14, 2014 09:46am

If so much is known about the presence of IS in Pakistan then why can,t they be arrested?.Repeated news in the media about presence of IS shows that some elements are interested in keeping these pets in Pakistan also.

Abdul Nov 14, 2014 10:35am

@Zak LOL evidence indicates otherwise.

Pragmatic Nov 14, 2014 11:06am

Overall we are a non-serious nation; if this is not taken seriously then we will be taken seriously by what is feared. The law enforcers should punish these graffiti artists in a manner that it remains a lesson for fanatics and fans of the menace.

Husain Jan Nov 14, 2014 11:07am

Looking to verify the authenticity of the pamphlets ? What does the KP minister saheb want to say ? Please take action before it is too late minister saheb....instead of wasting time in futile exercise of verification of pamphlets......please....please have some mercy on masses of this God gifted country dear minister saheb.

Nisar Nov 14, 2014 11:13am

The state authorities need to get out of their slumber and accept the reality of this enormous looming threat faced by our nation. Denying it would not stop it as was the case with TTP and Punjabi Talibans, but stopping it in its tracks and eliminating it before it spreads is the only solution.

Ali Nov 14, 2014 11:27am

Question for the author of this article is that why don't you prepare a comprehensive assessment report for the entire illegal immigrants? so everyone in this country should come to know from where these foreigners penetrated into our society? What are the links of these foreigners? How they come inside Pakistan? Who all are getting money to let these foreigners inside Pakistan? What is the Border status? Who is getting bribe at the Border? Please anyone who can search or write informative report on this subject, so open the eyes of our law enforcement agencies.

Ahmer Nov 14, 2014 11:32am

How many years will it take the IS to capture all these territories?

Erik Nov 14, 2014 01:52pm

Interesting - all IS leaders were released from US prisons. Very interesting.

taimur Nov 14, 2014 01:54pm

Govt both orovincial n federal sleeping as usual except baluchistan govt who gave heads up to federation. Terrorism is like cancer. You fix in tribal area its popped up in bannu. Govt need act quickly. KP is only focused on dharn while govt is trying to just counter dharna. God have mercy on pakistan n its citizens...

Syed Nov 14, 2014 02:28pm

Z ia screwed this country .no body saw it coming

rehan Nov 14, 2014 03:01pm

Crush the menace of IS . Do no matter what it takes. IS would look Al-Qaeda look like sunday school !

rehan Nov 14, 2014 03:02pm

Let us see what the DEMOCRATIC Government can do to resolve this crisis !

Masoud Nov 14, 2014 03:33pm

I fail to understand why only Muslim countries have become a target for these hidden forces. One after another so named Islamic group pops-up. Who is behind the script & screen play & of course the producer & director behind this deadly plays. While others go scot free Muslims are targeted. Point to ponder!

rehan Nov 14, 2014 03:53pm

@krishna A very sensible comment ! Really appreciated , neighbor . Let's hope and strive for a peaceful world for our future generations ! :-)

zak Nov 14, 2014 04:26pm

@Abdul New groups keep coming but we are still here, standing and fighting the lot. Be proud of such a resilient nation.

zak Nov 14, 2014 06:00pm

@Ravi Dallas TX Then you dont know Pakistan and its people.

dv1936 Nov 14, 2014 06:00pm

@Masoud The answer is within muslims. It is the moderate muslims who believe in 'live and let live' to wake up and control the hardliners

Javed Dost Chanesar Nov 14, 2014 06:13pm

The news item will for surely ring alarm bells. But it is indeed a blessing is disguise. Let the culprits join the rank of IS and let them go to Iraq. US for sure will sort them out thoroughly and Pakistan will have a sigh of relief.

M. Siddique Nov 14, 2014 06:29pm

Nip this evil right now before they kill innocent people which is their trait.

Sierrabrave Nov 15, 2014 04:44pm

@Syed we did, and we told you so! But your brains are clouded with hatred! - a concerned Indian

Jude Allen Nov 15, 2014 04:58pm

Simple formula: Corruption starts at the top. If corruption hasn't been eliminated by now, (which is not impossible) then we know its being BACKED AND SUPPORTED. Either our government is very stupid or it thinks we are very stupid. I live you to ponder......

Sher Jatt Nov 15, 2014 05:52pm

It is just graffitti, they are nothing and if they dream of coming to Pakistan they will be sent right back to Iraq where they belong.

Sarwat Nov 15, 2014 06:14pm

@Agha Ata Nisar is a clown only goes to show the calibre of PMLN government. Incompetent, careless, snozing away, just racking in money and looting Pakistan.

Usman from Toronto Nov 15, 2014 06:43pm

Why r u people so surprised?! Every single institution in Pakistan is corrupt, The governments come through either coups or electoral fraud.

political parties which do incorporate ordinary Pakistanis into their governing structures are either the target of government operations or denied decision making power (MQM) or denied their fair share in Parliament (PTI).

'Liberal Intelligentsia' only highlight actions taken by frustrated, uneducated people. Never do the highlight the corruption by government,nepotism,mismanagement,& disregard for grassroots democracy.


Saadi Jadoon Nov 15, 2014 09:34pm

its a game of dollars since they splinter group knew the IS is funded by Saudia and Trained by Israeli Zionists plus they have the weapons from US, so they chalked few walls. They knew how much generous are the Zions in destruction of Muslims. Its nothing but the lust of dollar bills. The govt need to break the channels of funding they will evaporate as they never were...

baby boy Nov 15, 2014 09:41pm

@Anurag Don't take kids serious its just a 100 Rs paint can that used by most of the college students to spray the name of their girl friends, political slogans or bashi group chaghi group etc. Since media has not much news these days so they present these as some thing big happened.