Why It Is Difficult For ISIS To Enter Pakistan?

Why It Is Difficult For ISIS To Enter Pakistan?
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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), if not for its random terrorist attacks throughout the globe, should have been retreating due to its annexed land in Iraq and Syria being retaken. Though ISIS has not been dealt a significant blow just yet, the extremist organization also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh has certainly failed in its attempt to gain more traction in the region.

It has also not been able to drum up support for its followers around the world through its function as a “caliphate.” The drastic gains in Iraq can be linked to the policies of former Prime Minister and Vice President of Iraq Norui al-Maliki as well as the tactical aid of Bashar al-Assad, who, along with Russian forces, fought Syrian rebel groups more often than the more lethal ISIS. Despite this, experts have made premature assumptions regarding ISIS’ foothold in Pakistan.

ISIS failing to gain momentum

One of the main differentiating factors between ISIS and the Taliban is the geography of their respective regions. This factor is what may be the primary force in keeping ISIS out of Pakistan. The Afghanistan-Pakistan border is largely porous, which prevents ISIS agents from moving freely. In order for an ISIS supported to move to Turkey or Iraq, they would need a passport, a valid visa, and an airplane ticket. The Taliban, on the other hand, did not have to deal with any border bureaucracy. Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has begun to implement much stricter screening procedures to keep Daesh members in check.

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