India On Alert As ISIS Expands Its Territory to Afghanistan, Pakistan

An Isis fighter waves the black flag of the Islamic State terror group in Syria. (Representational picture)ISIS Media/Twitter

The Indian intelligence agencies have sounded an alert following reports suggesting that the Islamic State (Isis) has been spreading its territory to the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) region as it poses great security threat to India.

The presence of Islamic State caliphate in Afghanistan’s Farah and Nangarhar provinces is reported to be growing recently. And, as the Nangarhar province lies next to Pakistan, Indian intelligence agencies fear that if the Isis spreads across these regions, India will face a serious security threat.

“The Indian concern is that Nangarhar province sits on the mouth of the Khyber pass, which has been the route to enter into the Indus Valley and the Gangetic plains. Also, Farah province shares borders with Shia Iran. If IS manages to spread in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, then India faces a serious security threat,” Hindustan Times quoetd a senior intelligence official as saying.

The Isis has already established its presence in the AfPak region and this has been noted not just by India, but also by China and Russia.

The confirmation that the Isis entered the AfPak territory was first received when the Islamic terrorist group claimed responsibility for 18 April suicide attack, in which 15 people were killed and many others were injured.

Following that day, at least six clashes between the Isis fighters and Taliban militants have been reported in the two provinces, according to intelligence reports.

The intelligence reports also suggest that the Isis has named the AfPak region as the ‘Islamic State of Khorasan’ and former Pakistan Taliban commander Hafiz Saeed Khan has been appointed as its head.

In view of the recent developments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to bring forth the issue of Isis threat to south Asia for discussion during his bilateral visits to five central Asian republics starting 6 July.

The matter will also come up for discussion at the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summits in the second week of July. Modi is likely to discuss it with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when they will meet for the SCO summit.

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Source: International Business Times

9 Responses to India On Alert As ISIS Expands Its Territory to Afghanistan, Pakistan

  1. The Truth July 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    China is investing around $46 billion in Pakistan and another $50 billion are in the works for hydro electric projects. They want access to Gwadar port which will benefit China and Pakistan economically. Any infiltration in Pakistan wont be tolerated by China firstly. And yes, despite instability, the Pak military and somewhat political leadership as of now, is quite stable ( compared to the past). Isis wont a be threat as of now, unless some “external forces” plan on dumping billions into ISIS to wage war in Pakistan, a prospect I don’t believe will happen but hey, stranger things have happened in the past.

    • Donell McGriff July 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      India’s problems have never been with international jihadi organizations, but with the ones that are being trained and mentored by Pakistan Army and ISI (The LeTs, JUMs, JeMs etc.). This PBS Documentary – The American Terrorist – was quite startling in its revelations. It is scary to know how deeply and openly involved Pakistan’s authorities are in its anti-India activities.

  2. Shar July 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    will IS take control of Pakistans nukes? thats frightening.

    • Reid July 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      This isn’t the country of Pakistan they’re starting to infiltrate, it’s the tribal mountainous regions on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have nothing to do with the government/military/nukes/etc

      • Dylan July 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Chances are ISIS won’t even make that big a dent in the Taliban held areas. They aren’t as well accepted than in the Iraq/Syria area. The nukes are nowhere near the tribal areas of Pakistan. ISIS would never get their hands on them unless Pakistan falls apart and the Taliban/other groups don’t get at least one first before everyone rushes to secure them…which isn’t unheard of if you look at their stability index ranking. Right up there with Yemen and Iraq.

        But if people are worried about nukes, they should mostly look at recent history. Pakistani scientist leaked nuclear secrets to North Korea. IIRC the guy who did it is under the oh so horrible punishment of house arrest and Pakistan refuses to let Western powers interview him. We also found Bin Laden and a bunch of other higher up Al-Qaeda operatives hiding out in Pakistan. And their building 100+ nukes in the next five years. The point is Pakistan can do whatever it wants because it’s basically a six-year old waving around a gun on a balance beam.
        Shit, India’s most likely to get hit if Pakistan starts collapsing.

        • The Truth July 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm

          some fractions of the Taliban have actually merged with the ISIS.

          • Daniel Blaney July 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

            Lol, nothing to do with each other? They have been ‘fighting’ a war against each other for over a decade now, and the Pakistanis were clearly hiding Osama… The only thing anyone should be surprised about is how long it took Isis to find its way to Pakistan and Afghanistan. No way Isis is going to support the Pakistani Taliban or the Pakistani government.

  3. Guy Swagnificant July 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    There are 2 big issue with this.

    We have already seen ISIS influence in Pok and to a certain extend Indian side of Kashmir. So, for ISIS Kashmir is definitely a low hanging fruit. Given, the fact that Pakistan is plagued with anti-India sentimen and politicians in the past were stupid enough to wage a war against India. This is definitely something which Indian Govt should worry about.

    Pakistan is a nuclear powered nation which has vacillated between dictatorship and civil govt time and again. It has a huge Command and Control problem . For ISIS pak is the only country from where they can fetch the blueprints of building weapons of mass destruction. They might steal the designs or even worse control the unit.

  4. Hector July 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I just read in another thread (the top rated comment) that the Kurds with Turks and or Syrians (can’t remember which) were kicking IS ass and stopping their advances as well as retaking lost territory.

    If this is true then it would be natural for IS to expand in the only direction it can.

    They have to keep eating away at their available soft targets in order to survive. Expand or die is the only way for IS. nobody will fund them if they aren’t winning/holding territory/gaining recruits.
    Once IS runs out of soft targets in the region and comes up against the hard walls of real armies (Russia/China/pak/India etc) as well as the Kurds and others who are fighting to save their homes and cultures, it will wither, change form, downsize, and hopefully come to an end.


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