Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP)
Owned by ISI-Pakistan Army
A string of bombings on Indian Consulates and many thwarted by the Afghan security forces,
in 2015-17 were attributed to the ISKP. American intelligence blamed Pakistan’s ISI of forging a partnership between LeT and Islamic State to carry out car bomb suicide attacks on Indian missions in Afghanistan.
The Islamic State in Khorasan Province known as ISKP, the group’s Afghanistan arm, is active in the Af-Pak region and is said to have recruited some Indians. The ISI has given
LeT the responsibility to partner with the IS to plot the attacks.
Its well known ISKP is led by a core of former Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan commanders from Orakzai and Khyber Agencies of Pakistan; the majority of mid-level commanders are former Taliban from Nangarhar, with the rank and file a mixture of local Afghans, Pakistanis.
ISKP though fundamentally targeting Taliban, has recently been brought to peace with their nemesis, guess courtesy by whom.
The recent guest treatment in last couple of years of TTP’s(aka ISKP’s) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, and his alleged release/escape, just at the brink of US-Taliban peace deal, all this points the
finger in one direction and the bigger game plan of Pakistan Army and its ISI.
By beginning of 2019, ISKP has been portrayed as defeated,
part of a grand show designed by ISI, by getting US led coalition forces thinking they are being assisted by the Taliban to fight off ISKP.
Pakistan Army and Mullah combine assists the ISKP to continue to resolve and evolve. The group, at behest of ISI, exercises an expansionist strategy that capitalizes on weak governance, under-addressed grievances, and poor security to establish redoubts
across not only Afghanistan but the region. It has exacerbated territorial and ethnic flashpoints in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Tajikistan to indigenize its agenda among marginalized Muslims and secular populations.
The potency can be fathomed by efficacy of Rohingya crisis, which was catapulted by Pakistan using the tentacles of ISKP. It also capitalizes on social media and secure
messaging applications to inspire, enable, and direct attacks abroad. In October 2017, for example, the U.S. Justice Department arrested three ISKP operatives who were in the final throes of executing attacks in New York.
Similar is the reach in India where a fertile ground is already laid, using the independent and unregulated madrassa culture and a socially debilitated Muslim worker
class. This is especially alarming as this is a symphony put into effect by the ISI.
What more can be near to truth than the fact that
the current emir of ISKP, Mawlawi Aslam Farooqi, is an ex-militant commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) the terrorist organization active in Kashmir, while previous emirs were recruited from TTP and other Afghan Taliban groups.
Radical Islam and Tentacles in India
convergence of the embarrassing Defeat in 1971 war, Iranian revolution, Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, the CIA-ISI nexus to create a band of militant Islamists, the Islamisation program of the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq and the unremitting flow of
external funding for ideology-based religious education, mainly from Saudi Arabia, have accelerated the radicalization process which Pakistan took to in the Seventies.
The end of the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan “removed the cause Celebre,” but by then the Pakistani political system “had become hostage to this Euphoria of being able to effect”. Like a rat which
has tasted poison, it manifested itself in two ways: Usefulness to create a diversion for dissatisfied population (to consequence corruption unattended) as well to indoctrinate the population across- insurgency in Kashmir and communal overtones in balance
By year 1995, the Saudi’s diverted funds had resulted in 15 times more inflow of unaccounted funding as well as mushrooming
madrassas which had explicit jihadi curriculum. This has been verified and substantiated from recovered materials from SIMI, SFI, and madrassas. The southern state of Kerala has been found to have the highest number of pro-IS cases in all of India, with about
110 of the 380 to 400 cases.
PFI was accused of being involved in hawala funding, assaults, and had allegations of having links with
the Islamic State, its activists joining ISIS in Syria and naming motivations by PFI, other than rampant radicalization.
de-radicalization programme was mostly targeted theologically and came into play around the 2005-2006 period in the post-9/11 era, working on the view that extremist views are due to the mistaken interpretation of Islam. The programme consists of religious
re-education, psychological counselling, and reintegration process with the help of local communities after release from prison.
than 3,000 people in Kerala are known to have gone through the de-radicalization programmes successfully, via the 21 centres established across the state for this purpose. However that was primarily aimed to Kerala, where the wahabi Islam was in full flow,
tipping point being the rise of ISIS. Post 2015, the same has been rampant in balance of India, however unchecked.
Zia’s effort to wean away Pakistan from an Indian sub-continent identity to a Middle east identity (Pakistan’s National anthem is
in Arabic), is now being tried in India, using the network of Madrassas guided by the web based network of ISI-ISKP. This web based network propaganda is capable enough to brainwash even the educated cosmopolitan, however temporarily economically debilitated
Or else it is prone to be misused by few who want to attain power at the expense of social fabric or India, to play into hands
of Pakistan Army and ISI.
10 Mar 20/Tuesday
Written By: Fayaz