Hundreds of Pakistanis joining Daesh: Intelligence Bureau

ISLAMABAD: Director-General Intelligence Bureau Aftab Sultan Wednesday testified before the Senate committee that hundreds of fighters from Pakistan are joining self-styled militant organization Daesh in Syria.

Giving a briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior about Intelligence Bureau's counter-terrorism operation, the Director General of the country's top civilian intelligence agency said Daesh is emerging threat in Pakistan as all other militant groups have soft corner for it.

IB chief said that all local militant groups including Lashker-e-Jhangvi and Sipaha-e-Sihaba have a soft corner for Daesh. "Even TTP in Pakistan coordinates with Daesh though both are dead rivals in Afghanistan," he said adding that Daesh is also exploiting cyber space.

DG claimed that TTP was behind major terror incidents. “TTP is realigning with LeJ and SSP,” he said adding that “there was little present of al-Qaeda sub-continent in Karachi as it has been found in the killing of some police officers there.”
The IB boss told the committee that TTP Fazlullah group was still the strongest one and all militant groups were working in tandem. “Jandullah is a smaller group,” he said.

Sultan claimed that terror incidents have considerably decreased after the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb. “Terrorists are on the run. Civilian security and intelligence set-ups are augmenting and implementing operation Zarb-e-Azb in cities.”
He, however, said that terror incidents cannot be completely averted in the country in next 10 years.

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