Pakistan insisted that Afghanistan surrender the leader of Khorasan ISIS who had recently been captured by Afghan intelligence agents. The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan was summoned to Islamabad by the Imran Khan government. In its request to extradite ISIS terrorists from Afghanistan, Pakistan cited ‘further investigation’.
Through its communication media, the Aamaq news agency, ISIS has claimed to have planned an attack on Gurudwara in Kabul. Pakistani National and ISIS head of Khorasan province, Mawlawi Abdullah alias Farooqui, was previously known to be linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba led by Hafiz Saeed and the Haqqani network. The statement reads:
“It was confirmed by the Ambassador that because Aslam Farooqi was involved in anti-Pakistani activities in Afghanistan, he had to be submitted to Pakistan for further investigation.” However, on Friday Kabul determined that there was no extradition treaty with Pakistan and refused to hand over terrorists, local media reported.
The Ashraf Ghani government insists that Farooqi Islam will be handled under Afghan law. Furthermore, by digging in Islamabad, the Ashraf Ghani government explicitly said that Kabul ‘did not discriminate’ between terrorists. The statement refers to the well-known idea of ”good terrorists, bad terrorists” adopted by Pakistan to support terrorism on their land. “Afghanistan does not discriminate between terrorists, it takes equal legal action against all and is committed to all anti-terrorism commitments,” he added. According to intelligence documents, Farooqui took over as head of the ISIS Province of Khorasan in April 2019. On March 25, 27 people from the Sikh community were killed or seriously injured by a terror attack in Kabul.
In one of the deadliest attack in the Sikh community in the war-torn country, at least 25 people were killed and eight others injured after an armed suicide bomber entered a prominent gurudwara in the Afghan capital in the Shor Bazar area around 7:45 (local time) with 150 worshipers inside. The Islamic State Group, which previously also targeted the country’s minority community, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
ISIS in Pakistan
A report published by international media claimed that Hafiz Saeed in 2014 was chosen by former ISIS chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi himself to lead the ISIS province of Khorasan. The Islamic State announced what it called the Caliphate in the Khorasan region in January 2015, a few months after establishing its headquarters in Syria and Iraq. The Annual Information Security Summit report (AISS) has stated that 90% of those in the Islamic State of Khorasan Province are Pakistani citizens and armed with Pakistani weapons.
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