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Jundullah vows allegiance to Islamic State

Updated Nov 18, 2014 09:19pm


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Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has pledged support to Islamic State. - AFP/file photo
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has pledged support to Islamic State. - AFP/file photo

DERA KHAN: A splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has pledged support to Islamic State (IS), a spokesman said on Monday, in another indication of the appeal of the Iraq- and Syria-based jihadist group in a region traditionally dominated by Al Qaeda and local insurgencies.

Jundullah announced its backing after meeting a three-man delegation representing IS led by al Zubair al Kuwaiti, the group's spokesman Fahad Marwat told Reuters.

Jundullah is one of several Pakistani groups exploring relations with IS, whose fighters have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria in a drive to set up a self-declared caliphate. They share an aim to kill or drive out religious minorities and establish a hardline Sunni theocracy.

Analysts say that so far IS has mainly attracted sectarian groups rather than anti-state militants like the Taliban. Pakistan has a ready supply of hardened fighters and a population often receptive to sectarian hatred.

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Pakistan's Sunni sectarian groups killed a record number of minority Shia Muslims last year. Jundullah carried out a church bombing that killed around 80 Christians.

“They (Islamic State) are our brothers, whatever plan they have we will support them,” said Jundullah spokesman Marwat.

His comments follow the release of a video last month by five Pakistani Taliban commanders pledging support to IS. Islamic State also has contacts with the banned Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), militants and security officials said.

“The top leadership of LeJ visited Saudi Arabia and met Islamic State leaders at an undisclosed location at Saudi-Iraq border,” one militant told Reuters.

He said the meeting took place more than a year ago.

Many Pakistani militants said they felt torn by loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who has strong historical ties to Al Qaeda. IS itself broke away from Al Qaeda.

“All anti-Shia groups in Pakistan will welcome and support IS in Pakistan, though most of them will not announce it openly due to their allegiance to Mullah Omar,” one said.

Last week, a leaked government memo warned the group had recruited 10,000-12,000 fighters inside Pakistan, but a government minister insisted it had no presence there. Militants and security officials also dismissed the memo as not credible.

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Several militants said that hundreds of Pakistanis had gone to fight in Syria, but had done so through the Taliban or on their own. Five who returned took part in an August suicide attack on two Pakistani air bases, a policeman said.

Tribal rivalries split the Taliban, Pakistan's biggest militant group, this summer, leading to two main factions and several splinter groups.

Some analysts say Pakistanis declaring allegiance to IS is a ploy to grab headlines rather than a sign of operational links.

“They are the new poster boys of Islamic jihad and they have lots of money,” said Saifullah Mahsud of Islamabad-based think tank the Fata Research Centre. “There is no doubt they (IS) are trying but these are more probing missions than anything else.”


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Rameez Nov 18, 2014 04:17pm

Just Look at them ! They don't Even look like Muslims...

Hashim khan Nov 18, 2014 04:30pm

Operation Zarb e Azb has proved that these are all a band of thugs. Islamic ideology and leadership in Islamic world will not be derived and influenced by these uneducated brutes. It takes a lot more sophistication and religious know how to inspire and cajole religious conscious of people.

neo Nov 18, 2014 04:37pm

Just yesterday ISPR claimed ISIS no threat to Pakistan, and today Jandullah announces allegiance to ISIS. The army is already fighting a devil, so if it becomes two headed "bring it on" we can slay a two headed dragon as well. In Army we trust, and in the words of a brave general and soldier of the soil "Sub Se Pehlay Pakistan".

Ali Nov 18, 2014 04:59pm

Yajooj Majooj are on the loose..

Mamata_Begam Nov 18, 2014 05:25pm

@Rameez How does a Muslim look like ?

Farah Nov 18, 2014 05:33pm

Why are such people even getting air time

Ganga Din Nov 18, 2014 06:13pm

Four people were killed in a horrendous attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem but no news here, why? Israel is going respond with a heavy hand and then the whole Muslim world will cry foul. Talk of hypocrisy/bias in the news media.

Dilectus Nov 18, 2014 06:30pm

These cowards can't even expose their faces out of cowardice. Killing is not bravery, saving is!!!

kumail Nov 18, 2014 06:37pm

Simple rule, if the gov wants them to flourish they will grow, either by aid from KSA or jail braking etc.

Babay Nov 18, 2014 07:05pm

These groups want media attraction to win the moral support from foreign based

Malik Achakzai Nov 18, 2014 07:41pm

Waiting if Sartaj Aziz would make the same comments on this allegiance of Jandullah toward IS as he had earlier made regarding Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network.

Reader Nov 18, 2014 07:47pm

I can see ISIL's next stop being Pakistan/Afganistan. I sincerely hope that paksitani politicans/army prepares itself to hit them hard where it would hurt most. Authorities shouldn't be complacent which will be the downfall.

hp Nov 18, 2014 07:50pm

@Ganga Din lets talk about women in India.... oh that never happens in Indian media. or let's talk about millions of abortions taking place in India because they are female babies....India will not talk about it makes them look bad... talk about hypocrisy. ....

Whiskey Khan Nov 18, 2014 07:54pm

If not checked and militants defeated , Pakistan may start becoming the seed of mayhem and anarchy in South East Asia. If We we do not destroy them then someone else will, and Pakistan will Pay the price.

Ali Nov 18, 2014 08:11pm

Now Mr. Nisar The nation wants to know from where these Arabs came into Pakistan and had meeting with person terrorist in Balochistan?

Mehtab Nov 18, 2014 08:26pm

@Mamata_Begam At least not like them I agree with Rameez

san Nov 18, 2014 08:26pm

@Ganga Din Uighur Muslims in China were not allowed to do fast in Ramadan, Why all these Pakistani muslims and Islamic groups were quite ?.

deendyal lulla Nov 18, 2014 08:52pm

the real Ghazi

Neeraj Nov 18, 2014 09:14pm

Would they be considered good or bad?

Jadoo Nov 18, 2014 10:08pm

Opportunists to the core. These thugs should be eliminated along with IS.

Qamar Nov 18, 2014 11:00pm

These militants have nothing to do with Islam. They are mercenaries and will kill anybody for money

Chi ben Nov 19, 2014 02:25am

Violence has no religion.

hp Nov 19, 2014 07:55am

They should be called jun_shayatan

LOC Nov 19, 2014 08:41am

Gen .Mushi is reading this ? lol @hp take look at yourself first then talk on India , more than 100 people died in Thar , they havnt figure out yet exact number .! modern Pakistan funny

LOC Nov 19, 2014 08:42am

allegiance of Jandullah ......what aziz will say

Miaz Amjed Nov 19, 2014 08:44am

We need US drones and Pak Army Air and Ground Assualt to kill these Rats whereever they are hidding.

Baba De Kamaqlano Nov 23, 2014 12:04am

IS, TTP, Alqaida, Jundullah etc etc are just like brand and generic names selling the same product with different names only. They all are enemies of humanity and should be crushed ruthlessly.