Terror outfits entering Pakistan’s politics poses challenge for India

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With the announcement of establishing an Islamic State in Pakistan by Hafiz Saeed political outfit Milli Muslim League President Saifullah Khalid shows how civil society/government is shrinking and giving way to extremists or terrorists to enter into the main stream politics in Pakistan.

“We declare our [platform] to be for the change in the ideology of Pakistan, We plan to make Pakistan a real Islamic state. [Because of] a nefarious plan, the country has been put on the road to secularism and liberalism,” Khalid said at a party launch in Islamabad recently. Khalid also made it clear that Hafiz Saeed will also play a role in Pakistan politics and his designation by U.S. as a global terrorists  would be no bar to a top job in the party.

This new development comes after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was recently disqualified from holding any constitutional post because of corruption charges stemming from the Panama Papers revelations.

Saeed has been accused of masterminding 2008 attacks on Mumbai that killed 166 people. The U.S. government declared the group a terrorist organization in 2010, and offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who heads JuD, which Washington says is a front for the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

After ISIS were pushed back with the bombarding of Syria and Iraq by coalition forces, the Islamic State fighters travelled to Pakistan and adjoining areas to form ISIS-Khurasan. Pakistan which is violence ridden with high unemployment and poitical stability adds to the grave situation of youth joining the ISIS.Many splintered terror outfits sympathizing with the ideology of Jihad have integrated into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known as Walayat-e-Khurasan (ISIS-K) for South Asia.

In April 2016, a 19-year-old female Islamic State recruit named Noreen Laghari was arrested following a law enforcement agency’s raid in Lahore, shortly before she planned to blow herself up in a Christian church.She was a medical student at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in the southern province of Sindh who had been missing since she joined the Islamic State in February.Later she conveyed to her worried parents via facebook that she was in “Syria to get training for jihad” and that they should stop searching for her.

There were reports of many Pakistani nationals travelling to Syria for joining Islamic State.

Pakistan which is home to terrorists having links with global terror groups from, ISIS to Al Qaeda may become a failed state and the geo-political situation of the region may worsen  as Afghanistan civilian government will come under threat and it will pose a great challenge to India.

Pakistan which has been using terrorism as its state policy to fulfil its amibition in Kashmir and Afghanistan, has now provided platform for extremists parties to float political parties.

Laghari was released after months of jail term. Human rights activist Pervez Hoodbhoy said that Laghari’s case exposed how Pakistani officials defined national security too narrowly as she has been returned to enter into extremist circles.

In July 2017, the Pentagon announced that the U.S. forces have killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group’s Afghanistan affiliate.

The “Emir” of ISIS-K was killed “in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar Province, July 11,” Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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