Pakistan Taliban offshoot terror group joins Iraq`s ISIS; threat to India?

In what might spell trouble for India, a lesser-known Pakistani terror group named Tehreek-e-Khilafat has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (earlier ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014, 13:32 PM IST

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New Delhi: In what might spell trouble for India, a lesser-known Pakistani terror group named Tehreek-e-Khilafat has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (earlier ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), becoming the first such group outside the Middle East to do so.

According to a report in The Telegraph, the nondescript terror outfit Tehreek-e-Khilafat, which has claimed some terrorist attacks in Karchi, pledged to raise the Islamic State’s flag in South Asia and Khurasan – a term militants use for an area covering parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“From today, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall consider Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad mujahideen fighters of Pakistan as one of the arrows among his arrows which he has kept for his bow,” the report quoted the terror group as saying in a statement.

The militant group which is said to be one of the dozens of groups that comprise the umbrella group the Pakistan Taliban stated, “We are praying from the almighty Allah to give us chance in our lives to see the expansion of Islamic State boundaries toward the Sub­Continent and Khurasan region in order to hoist the flag of Islamic State here.”

The joining of the Tehreek-e-Khilafat group with the ISIS, is seen as a move set to embolden the Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who in a video released earlier had ordered all the Muslims of the world to pledge allegiance to him.

In the video, al-Baghdadi was seen speaking in a commanding tone with dollops of humility as he ordered all the Muslims to obey him. However at the same time, he chose to show a modest streak by saying that he is not the best of the lot and urged the Muslims to “advise” him if he is wrong. 

"I am your leader, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, support me, and if you see that I am wrong, advise me," he was quoted as saying in the video. 

Al- Baghdadi was appointed as the Caliph of the Islamic State – the Caliphate – that was established by the Sunni militants who drastically took control of huge swathes of Iraq in lightning offensive. 

Having established a Caliphate across the captured swathes of Iraq and Syria which has been the coveted dream of Islamist jihadis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadias is now seeking to expand his influence across the world and replace the al Qaeda as the leading global jihadist movement.