The Pakistani deep state is pushing the Haqqani Community to extend its stake in so-called Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) to retain its leverage on Afghanistan regardless of the on-going peace course of and preserve believable deniability in future terror assaults in Af-Pak area, in keeping with senior counter-terrorism officers.
In line with officers, the ISKP can entrance assaults for the Haqqani Community and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT). ISKP chief Aslam Farooqi, a Pakistani nationwide with hyperlinks to LeT and Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Taliban was arrested by Afghanistan’s Nationwide Directorate of Safety together with 19 different terrorist cadres on April 5.
Af-Pak watchers say that ISKP models in Kabul and the border province of Nangarhar are already underneath the agency management of former HQN commanders and Sirajuddin Haqqani, Deputy chief of Taliban, who’re launching assaults on Afghan capital. In addition to being a part of the intelligence and reconnaissance gathering community, ISKP cadres are additionally attacking Kabul in tandem with the HQN group.
The HQN’s affect in ISKP isn’t solely restricted to the cadres becoming a member of the outfit but in addition transcends into numerous different ranges akin to management management, army and intelligence commissions and district ranges Emirs of the worldwide terrorist group. The ISKP is at present divided into three factions – Aslam Farooqi, Mauvviya and Imam Bukhari.
Nonetheless, the try to take over ISKP by the Haqqani Community with the assistance of Pakistani Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI) isn’t with out its personal set of challenges. The three factions are apprehensive of the Rawalpindi-backed group and are vehemently resisting the Haqqani Community’s effort to affix the ISKP in Afghanistan.
The ISI, nevertheless, helps the HQN attempt to open channels with the ISKP’s Imam Bukhari faction to deliver it throughout the fold of “Khilafat-e-Islami Khorasan” and preserve robust operational cooperation.
“The HQN take over of ISKP might be a game-changing growth as it is going to create a mega terror group of the Al Qaida selection with its handlers primarily based in Rawalpindi getting Pakistan deniability of any assault in Indian sub-continent or within the west,” stated a senior counter-terror official.