The extremist group of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started spreading its tentacles in Pakistan. According to Pakistani newspaper The Nation, ISIS has entered Pakistan’s largest city Karachi. Earlier today, an unknown group has carried out extensive wall chalking of “ISIS” in black in many parts of the city. The sinister graffiti was spotted in areas such as Manghopir, Sohrab Goth, Gulshan-e-Maymar, and even in the outskirts of Karachi.
Pakistani Taliban vows obeisance to the ISIS
Recently, Pakistan Taliban pledged allegiance to the ISIS. Shahidullah Shahidm, the main spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban called Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and five other leading figures offered their support to the “Khalifa of Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” Baghdadi is the leader of the ISIS, which now refers to itself as the Islamic State. Shahidm said he would listen to and obey Baghdadi’s every instruction, irrespective of the circumstances.
The other five who vowed obeisance to the ISIS are the Tehreek-e-Taliban’s regional commanders of Khyber, Peshawar, Kuram, Orakzai and Hangu, all sectarian-torn, violent regions. According to local media reports, ISIS wall chalking and pamphlets were also seen in Peshawar, and nearby tribal areas, which are the strongholds of Islamic militants.
Earlier this year, ISIS had announced its five-year plan. The barbaric extremist group aims to expand its Caliphate to Khorasan, which includes Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, South-East Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia. Wall chalking shows how vulnerable the south Asian nation is to the expansion of the Islamic State.
ISIS recruiting fighters for the ‘holy war’
There have been reports that ISIS has been recruiting fighters via Internet for the “holy war.” Islamic State has captured a huge part of Iraq and Syria, declaring Caliphate over these territories. The U.S.-led coalition has tried to rein in the ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria by carrying out air strikes. But the extremist group is still fighting to capture a considerable area across Turkey-Syria border.