ISLAMABAD – The Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has yet again turned down any possibility of the presence of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Pakistan stating ‘only wall chalking cannot determine its presence’.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was speaking with reporters on Friday when he denied of any possibility that international militants group had roots in Pakistan.
“Only wall chalking or few slogans cannot determine the presence of any militant group. IS is an Arab based militant group,” he said. “There is no such element in Pakistan.”
He also stated that Taliban, Al-qaeda and DAISH aka IS are different brands (sic). “They are different brands but their material is same,” he added. “Pakistan’s security forces are ready to meet any challenge of militancy,” he said firmly.
It is also pertinent to mention here that during a seven day visit to US, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had vowed not to even let IS cast its shadow in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Moreover, the Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had repeatedly denied the fact that IS had any presence in Pakistan. However, Ironically just then a local sectarian militant group claimed to receive a delegation from IS. Jundullah’s spokesman Fahad Marwat maintained on Wednesday that the visit took place this week in the Balochistan province.
However, in a secret letter the government of Balochistan had already warned federal law enforcers and federal government to be aware of the activities of the IS in country’s largest province already hit by nationalists militants.
Not to forget that the “Wall chalking of IS aka DAISH in South Punjab was meant to target and defame 1500 religious seminaries in the region, so said the Maulana Fazlur Rehman.