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ISLAMABAD: The director general of the Intel­ligence Bureau, Aftab Sultan, informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Wednesday that the militant Islamic State group was emerging as a threat in the country because several militant groups had soft corner for it. He named Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan as examples.

Though IS and Afghan Taliban were rivals, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) coordinated with it, he added.

The interior ministry has been denying the presence of IS in Pakistan, saying that it was an Arab organisation. But Mr Sultan said the IB had busted a big IS network after several members reached Punjab following Karachi’s Safoora Goth carnage in May.

He held the banned TTP responsible for major terror incidents in the country and said the group had been realigning with Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Sipah-i-Sahaba.

He specifically mentioned killings of SP Chaudhry Aslam in Karachi and ANP leader Bashir Bilour in Peshawar.

He said terrorists were reorganising and stressed the need for a border control mechanism, particularly with Afghanistan, enhanced regional cooperation, implementation of the National Action Plan and de-radicalisation policy with a focus on counter-narrative.

The IB chief called for a comprehensive policy for “rehabilitation of jihadi elements” and effective implementation of policy for monitoring social media and cyberspace.

The reconciliation process in Balochistan should be placed on fast track and Fata reforms be implemented, he added.

Aftab Sultan also confirmed the presence of Al Qaeda in the sub-continent and said evidence of their involvement in killings of some police officers had been found.

He said local TTP leader Abid Muchar and Kazan Gul, who were wanted in 100 terror cases, had been neutralised in an IB-led operation.

He said the TTP Fazlullah group was still the strongest militant group and operating in coordination with other outfits.

The law and order situation had considerably improved in the country after the launch of Zarb-i-Azb Operation and terrorists were on the run, he claimed.

Mr Sultan said civilian security and intelligence agencies were augmenting the military operation in cities to avert retaliation by terrorists.

He warned that the country could see more terror attacks because it was not possible to completely eliminate terrorists in the next decade.

He said under a new mechanism the IB was closely working with provincial police and counter terrorism departments.

About target-killings in Karachi, the IB chief said the number of incidents had been coming down steadily since 2013, saying that the figures for ’13, ’14 and ’15 were 1,922, 1,305 and 546 respectively.

He said 1,121 terrorists, target-killers, kidnappers and other criminals were arrested and 95 killed in Sindh in IB-led operations. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 581 terrorists had been arrested and 84 killed in such operations.

In reply to a question, he said foreign hands had not been involved in most of terrorist attacks as local terrorists, mostly from tribal areas, were behind them.

He said the IB had unearthed a gang of robbers which used to come from Afghanistan and dump their weapons in Tarnol areas of the capital. They had confessed 10 big robbery incidents.

He praised Punjab for taking lead in action against sectarian and proscribed organisations and in blocking their finances and ensuring conviction in more than two dozen cases.

Published in Dawn, February 11th, 2016

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Aussie Feb 11, 2016 07:20am

here we go with another DRAMA to scare the nation so they wont worry about privitisation of PIA and other public assets

ghazal Feb 11, 2016 07:36am

is chaudhary nisar listening?in case of ISIS, no one can be more harmful to Muslims, then apologists for radicals suffering from self denials

KT Feb 11, 2016 07:58am

Each one says their own thing. No wonder country is in this shape!

pak indian humanity Feb 11, 2016 08:02am

Always denial

MA Feb 11, 2016 08:05am

@pak indian humanity Just to divert the nation from real basic issues

M Jamal Feb 11, 2016 08:14am

The IB Chief talking from heart and brain.He is sharing the facts and it is good for the nation.He emphasised on de- radicalisation and rehabilitation of Jehadi elements which the state has so far failed to implement.

Shaukat Ali Khan Feb 11, 2016 09:00am


Very true !!!

Imran ali Feb 11, 2016 09:04am

after the revelation of presence IS in pakistan by D.G. Intel­ligence Bureau...CH.Nisar will accept his view or will denied...

M M AMIN ( Old Ravian ) Feb 11, 2016 09:05am

Its a rare statement from the IB chief who has gone public on the subject of Terrorism.National Action Plan needs to focus as advised .Ostrich mode shall mean more loss of human lives and erosion of Govt,s Writ .

People of Pakistan Feb 11, 2016 09:06am

It means IB Chief has failed to perform his duties, must resign immediately otherwise be dismissed forthwith.

Fast Feb 11, 2016 09:12am

@Aussie DRAMA,?? No, not at all, intelligence agencies are woking only to inform the nation about a threat timely!! and about PIA Privatization majority of Pakistani want its privatization!!

Abdul Feb 11, 2016 09:22am

Social injustice is the mother of emerging uneasiness and loss of tranquility in the contemporary era of human civilization.Thus promotion of social justice is the unique medicine to ensure the economic and political equilibrium in the society that can root out the germinating seed of all form of terrorism and extremism possibly

Whatacountry Feb 11, 2016 09:24am

I hope he got clearance from the Govt of Punjab before issuing this statement.

pawan Feb 11, 2016 09:25am

It's A rethorical statement.

Cyrus Feb 11, 2016 09:27am

Aftab Sultan has over reacted. It is not the business of intelligence agencies to frighten the public. If there is a problem with IS in Pakistan he should have it under control.

Cyrus Feb 11, 2016 09:28am

@Aussie .... That's the game. Scare people into obeying the government.

Cyrus Feb 11, 2016 09:30am

@MA .... IS is on the march. They are already in Iraq.

ravi vancouver Feb 11, 2016 09:33am

@Aussie Staying in denial and covering up serious issues masked under conspiracy theories only helps terrorists and militant groups. IB chief will not spread rumors. IS is gaining grounds in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. IS utilizes the religious sentiments of few Muslims who lack complete knowledge of Islam or they can not analyze the IS propaganda properly, fall victims to it. No religion specially Islam will allow violence against its own innocent believers or any innocent persons of different religions. IS has to be defeated by all to maintain peace and humanity in the world.

Sonny Afridi Feb 11, 2016 09:52am

Daesh is essentially TTP. Operation Zarb e Azb has been successful in rooting out and eliminating undesirable, rogue and often foreign funded elements from the society and the immediate region. I trust in the mission and that it will continue. I support and trust our armed forces and law enforcement and intelligence agencies to do the needful. All institutions must be on the same page, including the judiciary. The citizens must also remain vigilant and be quick to report any miscreanrs

Abid Hafeez Feb 11, 2016 10:07am

God save your country from these terrorists.

Atif Feb 11, 2016 10:09am

Pakistan has so many security and intelligence officials with major chunk of budget going towards defense and security. What exactly are they doing, if they know IS is emerging - stop it !

Instead of always talking, seal the Afghan border which is becoming a militant crossing haven. There is unchecked movement of people across that border evident to any visitor to Torkham.

Mahmood Feb 11, 2016 10:22am

Forget about IS. Worry about the enemy within.

Poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, income/wealth disparity, social-injustice, caste-system and intolerance between people is far bigger threat that can cause havoc to a society than anything external.

rahat Feb 11, 2016 10:24am

These are the old jehadi elements just changing their names and allegiance.

Abbas Naqvi Feb 11, 2016 10:55am

It means we have a long anti-terror fight ahead. Despite the success gained so far in our concerted and forceful campaign against terrorism, there still remains much more to be done. The army is engaged and so are other law enforcement and intelligence agencies to rid the country of the scourge of terrorism. The country's intelligence network should be widened to have effective monitoring of the terror outfits and preempt their attacks. Tighten the noose on them inside the country and introduce strict border controls with Afghanistan to prevent them from sneaking into our territory. Pakistan is capable of thwarting all threats to its security and stability. What we need to demonstrate is national resolve and unity to defeat the enemy.

pk Feb 11, 2016 11:06am

In state of deniel.

Mind Set Feb 11, 2016 11:10am

We have nothing to do with the term "IS" as we know that this is the game of Mind set no matter what you name this mindset may be IS, Taliban, Lashkar-e-jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sahaba, ASWJ and many more. This mind set could only be defeated by the domination of other mind set that is in majority, much flexible, acceptable and peace loving.

amir Feb 11, 2016 11:53am

Thank you Mr. DG IB for educating us. I'm sure the common man (who is least informed...) must be wondering about this issue for the first time.....!

Merchant Feb 11, 2016 12:05pm

Any body can do wall chalking. This seems to be scare mongering by an incompetent government in order to divert attention from real issues facing the nation.

M.Saeed Feb 11, 2016 12:18pm

This is the height of it! Now it is confirmed beyond any doubt that the interior minister is not aware about the truth of internal affairs or, is a party with the ever increasing manifestations of terror. Therefore, if this government has anything for the welfare of the nation, it should appoint someone real patriotic Pakistani as its Interior Minister.

Anees Feb 11, 2016 12:37pm

An eye opener for all. Unless the house is not sorted, we cannot control outside influences. Border control seems a last or lost priority air the moment.

Skeptic Feb 11, 2016 12:46pm

A structure does not fall only from attack to its exterior. If the foundations are weak, and the frame of the building is rotten to the core, or poorly constructed, it can collapse over time on its own, without anyone from the outside disturbing it.

That's what's wrong with the society right now, and it is getting rotten by the day as social termites nibble at its structure.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 11, 2016 01:00pm

Pakistan government should send their security team to UK or USA to learn how they are combating terrorism in their country and dealing with new threat with IS

Farrukh Arshad Feb 11, 2016 01:29pm

Irrespective of any drama, IS is a and must be considered a thread to Pakistan by government / agencies and everyone. It is a fact and we must preempt it. All the blasts in last decade in Pakistan, the APS tragedy and the recent university attack in KPK are not drama for those who are not among us anymore and if we don't deal with IS seriously before time we will go in a deeper ditch than we are currently in.

turbo Feb 11, 2016 01:45pm

sooner we get rid of these crazies...the better it is!

shehzad Feb 11, 2016 01:46pm

Most of these groups are based out of South Punjab.

Until the operation doesn't start there, we'd just be treating the symptoms.

asgher Feb 11, 2016 01:55pm

Completely political drama.

James_Blonde Feb 11, 2016 02:39pm

Dear PM - Please bring in a competent Interior Minister. NAP has been a failure thus-far

Nawaz,Zubair Feb 11, 2016 02:50pm

Honorable DG IB. Please also educate your Minister for Interior.

lafanga Feb 11, 2016 03:10pm

Can we not get rid of all these Lashkars and Jashs and sipahs etc groups from Pakistan? There should ONLY be two armed groups in Pakistan. Army and the Police and that is it.

valiya Feb 11, 2016 03:55pm

When intelligent agencies of west warn Pakistan on IS presence Pakistan denied.

RA Feb 11, 2016 04:04pm

@Mahmood Poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, income/wealth disparity, social-injustice, caste-system and intolerance between people are challenges to the nation but something like ISIS and TTP are a threat, a threat to the future and worst to the very existence of the nation. One must not brush away such warnings lightly but must work against it in whatever capacity one can.

Ailly Feb 11, 2016 04:10pm

we all very well remember Ch Nissar categorically denied existence of IS in Pakistan even its existence was known to a lay man like me... now this statement is merely an endorsement to physical presence of IS in Pak.

this is a govt or a bunch of people in slumber... ?.

Faisal Feb 11, 2016 04:11pm

There is no doubt of the fact, that IS is really emerging as a threat to Pakistan, reason being ignorance, illiteracy and sectarianism, IS is mind set, and the only way to overcome this mindset is through proper education and closure of all those madrassas, that provide these mindset.

M. Siddique Feb 11, 2016 06:09pm

@Aussie, Come visit Quetta and Karachi and then tell if this drama. It is easy to make accusations from far away.

Jatt Feb 11, 2016 07:47pm

They have no power in Pakistan and will die if they try to show their faces here

Nadeem Feb 11, 2016 07:57pm

This guys does not have any proof for that. No ISIS in Pakistan, as our security agencies are super active against it. It could be there in Afghanistan, but cant do anything in Pakistan. IB must focus on uncovering the corruption of politicians instead...

Nadeem Feb 11, 2016 07:59pm

@MA agreed, corruption is the biggest problem to tackle right now. In power politicians are busy looting the country and IB is silent over there..

Jei Shah Feb 11, 2016 08:45pm

Not many in Pakistan even know the meaning of the word' Daesh'. It is more of a specuclation, then solid evidence based information. Daesh is an Arab phenomenon, not popular in non-Arab lands.

People should go about their businesses and work freely and not get alarmed

Saleem USA Feb 11, 2016 09:03pm

@Aussie There is an element of truth in what you are saying.

Saleem USA Feb 11, 2016 09:06pm

@Imran ali Ch. Nisar will say they are harmless so leave them alone, remember his sympathies with Maulana Aziz.Imran Khan will say they are our brothers, who have simply lost their ways and need to be rehabilitated, let's just sit down with them and talk.

Rehman Feb 11, 2016 09:14pm

Those who still believe DAESH is an alien phenomenon have no idea of ground reality...Just try to remember video of Jamia Hafsa students taking allegiance to Al-Baghdadi...the elements of TTP, SSP, and LeJ have links with DAESH and they are taking inspirations from it. DG IB has revealed the facts in an in-camera session before the representatives of people and he must have good research and data behind all his claims. The government should take his revelations seriously and empower its intelligence agencies to uproot the scourge of terrorism.

salman khooshi Feb 12, 2016 02:51am

It's really disappointing DG IB statement supports the Obama prediction regarding Pakistan destabilization over a decade such statements should not b made publicly.

salman khooshi Feb 12, 2016 02:54am

Ch.nisar is balanced n good regarding IS issue institutions should follow the directions given by interior ministery

Azam Feb 13, 2016 05:55am

Govt should be careful that they don't make enemies with religious organisations in name of crushing IS.