ISLAMABAD – Just when Pakistan’s security agencies and federal government are busy clearing the confusion about the presence of international militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) aka DAISH, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) wants an open discussion on the issue.
MQM leader submits a call attention notice in the Sindh Assembly to discuss the presence of IS in the country. The notice was submitted by MQM provincial lawmaker Kamran Akhtar in today’s session, requesting the provincial and federal governments to take action against any ISIS activities in the country.
Not to forget that few weeks ago a leaked government memo warned that ISIS had recruited 10,000-12,000 fighters inside Pakistan, but government insisted that the group had no presence there. Militants and security officials also dismissed the memo as not credible. Moreover, in another leaked memo the Balochistan government had warned the federal government and other security agencies about the secret activities of ISI in the province. However, the right wing politician and head of Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman had refuted the presence of ISIS in Pakistan. He maintained
Ironically, when country’s Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was turning down any possibility of ISISpresence, local sectarian militants claimed to receive a delegation from the global militant group.
According to PakistanTribe‘s report the local sectarian militant group Jundullah’s spokesman Fahad Marwat claimed that the visit took place in the Balochistan province. He said the purpose of visit by the Islamic State group was to see how it could work to unite various Pakistani militant groups. Jundullah is a branch of outlawed militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but much of its criminal activities remained sectarian in nature.