After Iraq and Syria, Islamic State spreads tentacles in Pakistan?

In a sinister development, the barbaric extremist group of Islamic State is said to have spread its blood-smeared tentacles into Pakistani soil.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Oct 16, 2014, 19:40 PM IST
After Iraq and Syria, Islamic State spreads tentacles in Pakistan?

Karachi: In a sinister development, the barbaric extremist group of Islamic State is said to have spread its blood-smeared tentacles into Pakistani soil.

According to local Pak media reports, the Islamic State has entered Pakistan's biggest city and industrial hub Karachi.

In many areas like Sohrab Goth, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Manghopir and also around Karachi, walls were seen littered with 'ISIS' inscribed in black.

According to reports, the inscriptions have been jotten down by unknown groups.

Recently, Pakistan Taliban was said to have vowed obeisance to the ISIS.

The ISIS has earlier announced its ambition to expand its Caliphate to Khorasan – a region referred to Iran, Afghanistan, and Indian sub-continent including Pakistan.

The ISIS wall chalking is a grim reminder of how vulnerable is Pakistan when it comes to falling prey to the barbaric extremism of the Islamic State. This in turn, also imperils India, which has a considerable Muslim population.

Enough to send security agencies into tizzy, reports claimed that IS flags and banners were sighted in Kashmir on June 2. More flags and banners were seen during a rally at the Idgah Maidan in Srinagar during Eid celebrations last week.

Masked men were seen waving IS flags and shouting slogans in the heart of the city.

While Pakistani-based outfits such as Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed are active in Kashmir, but the presence of Islamic State sympathisers is a matter of concern as reports have indicated that IS is recruiting fighters for its “holy war” via the internet.

The ISIS overran a huge chunk of territories across Iraq and Syria in June, declaring Caliphate over the occupied parts.

The US-led coalition is carrying out air strikes to rein in the ISIS advance in Iraq and Syria. However, the ISIS still continue to battle forces there in order to claim a considerable swathe of land across Turkey-Syria border.