Denial of IS footprint – Newspaper

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THE vigour and alacrity with which Pakistani authorities deny that the militant Islamic State group has an ‘organised’ presence within the nation is matched maybe solely by proof of an IS footprint within the nation. On Thursday, the International Workplace spokesperson as soon as once more denied that proof of an IS presence within the nation, or not less than sympathy for IS, is of any significance.

The incident through which a model of the IS flag was confiscated by the police from the outskirts of Islamabad following a civilian report is troubling as a result of authorities weren’t solely unaware the flag was on show however as soon as their consideration was dropped at the matter, they’ve been unable to clarify who’s chargeable for the act. Throughout the board, the safety equipment appears unwilling or unable to recognise the menace that IS could pose.

In Pakistan, the absence of an organised IS community like within the Center East or that of the TTP could be deceptive. A wave of assaults in Europe have demonstrated mixture of refined propaganda through the web and the presence of disaffected people in society can have terrifying penalties. Pakistan’s vulnerability can be deeper: IS ideology can penetrate present terror networks or their remnants and morph right into a menacing new menace.

As a substitute of recognising that actuality and creating a technique to fight it, the state appears to be repeating most of the errors it made early on within the battle in opposition to the TTP and different anti-Pakistan militant teams.

Then too there was a perception a smooth strategy to militancy or so-called peace offers would stop the issue from rising uncontrolled. Nevertheless it did develop uncontrolled, to the purpose that the state has needed to launch the biggest inner safety operations in its historical past to battle militancy and terrorism.

Troubling too is the glib method through which counterterrorism operations are reported by the police.

In yet one more incident the place people who’re mysteriously eradicated in police ‘encounters’ are later labelled as members of all method of terrorist teams, the Karachi police on Thursday killed 5 people, certainly one of whom was recognized as a member of Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent. The people had been, in accordance with the police, planning to hold out assaults on Muharram processions. Whereas Al Qaeda does have a sectarian pressure in its militant ideology, extra particulars are wanted in regards to the victims and their alleged militant affiliations earlier than agency conclusions could be drawn.

What’s placing in regards to the police claims is hotchpotch of militants was discovered collectively — and a usually giant variety of assaults have been attributed to them. Whereas the incident will quickly be forgotten, the broader sample is evident: the state appears to be lurching from incident to incident and not using a clear concept of the character or scale of the menace it faces.

Revealed in Daybreak, September 30th, 2017

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