ISIS leaders look to Pakistan for refuge

ISIS leaders look to Pakistan for refuge

By MADHAV NALAPAT | NEW DELHI | 15 October, 2016
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Several serving and retired Pakistan army officers are in West Asia, training the fighters of ISIS and other like-minded organisations.

More than 300 serving officers of the Pakistan army and over 2,000 retired officers have in the past been, or are in, West Asia, “training fighters of ISIS and other like-minded organisations” in their war against the governments of Iraq and Syria, claim analysts working exclusively on tracking that particular complex of terror organisations. They say that “elements (of the Pakistan army) are taking leave and going under assumed identities to Iraq and Syria to conduct such training”. In the past, such activities also took place in Jordan, Turkey and Qatar, but over the past year, Amman, Doha and Ankara have become wary of groups of fighters, who, for long, were using their territories for training and recuperation. Training is given “in the handling of communications equipment, interception of signals and the handling of explosives”. The analysts spoken to claim that “more than money, it is ideological fervour that is motivating such Pakistani volunteers” and that assistance to ISIS is taking place “despite opposition from a few senior officers in the military”, who, however, have so far declined to punish the volunteers (training ISIS, Al Nusra and other such groups) “for fear of sparking a revolt in their ranks, where hundreds of officers and tens of thousands of other ranks are sympathetic to ISIS”. Hence, it has not been a surprise that almost all recent attacks by ISIS-affiliated “lone wolves” have had a Pakistan connection. An example is the recent terror attack in New York and New Jersey during the week after the anniversary of 9/11. Oddly, the United Nations Security Council has yet to take up and get implemented India’s two decades-old proposal for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, although it is hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi will be able to get the UN leadership to agree to ratify this essential legal move in the battle against terror. 

Despite efforts by the Barack Obama administration and its regional allies to slow down the Syria-Iran-Russia advance against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the takeover of Aleppo by the troika is calculated to take place by mid-November. Alarmed at the advance of the Iraqi army and the irregulars backing its thrust into Mosul, President Recip Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is “seeking a Jarabalus” in Mosul. In that Syrian town, ISIS fighters switched their label to become “moderate opposition fighters” and are now protected by the Turkish army. In that garb, they expect to recuperate from recent losses and get back into the battlefield against the US and its European allies, the way the Taliban did in Afghanistan just two years after getting rescued by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) wing of the Pakistan army in Kunduz and other locations in 2001. Over the past five months, and now in his final days in office, President Obama has once again handed over the keys of foreign policy to Hillary Clinton, who through Secretary of State John Kerry is following a policy of seeing the Damascus-Moscow-Tehran combination as a bigger immediate threat to US than ISIS and other jihadi groups operating in the region. This is despite the spread of these organisations into Europe and North America. Preparatory to a US military challenge to Moscow and Tehran in Syria, following an expected victory by the Democratic Party nominee in the 8 November 2016 Presidential elections, a demonisation of Russia and of Vladimir Putin has begun through the media. The expectation is that as President, Hillary Clinton will be able to get even a Republican-controlled House of Representatives as well as the US Senate on her side, should there be actual combat on a limited scale between the US and Russian militaries in a regional theatre that has witnessed bloodshed on a scale not seen since the Vietnam War. Such a conflict between Russia and the US could escalate in such a manner as to provide an escape hatch for elements of the ISIS leadership, which is facing the loss of territorial outposts in Iraq and Syria because of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia together with a strong and largely separate showing by the Kurds, despite the relative lack of assistance given to these fighters by the Obama administration, which is very respectful of the views of Doha, Riyadh and Ankara in such matters. 

However, those tracking the activities of ISIS in Iraq and Syria say that the organisation is still nervous of a “November Upset” in the US elections that would bring Donald J. Trump into the White House. The Republican Party nominee has publicly endorsed a strategy of going along with Iran and Syria to battle ISIS. Taking a view from history, those such as John Kerry who see the troika fighting ISIS as the primary foe, may be compared to British and French leaders in the 1930s who saw Adolf Hitler as a lesser evil than Joseph Stalin, while Trump may be compared to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who from the start of his tenure in office saw Hitler as the main foe and was willing to ally with (and assist) Moscow in its battle against Nazified Berlin. Contrary to the views expressed in US media, it is Trump and not Clinton that ISIS and Al Nusra fear, given the Republican nominee’s persistence in placing ISIS at the core of US security threats, rather than Moscow and Tehran, the way the Clinton team does. Trump has also distanced himself from the soft line of both the Bush and Obama administrations on Pakistan, with “action” thus far against that country’s terror factories being largely limited to words designed to soothe policymakers in Delhi and excite the media in India into reporting that Washington has finally “gone against” Islamabad.

Washington’s longstanding softness towards Pakistan is despite the fact that numerous terror groups are based in Pakistan and have the protection of the Pakistan army. These include Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehreek-e-Jafferia, Al Qaeda, Siphah-e-Sahaba, Al Badr, Harkat-ul-Ansar, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi and the Jamaat Al Fuqra. National Security Advisor of Pakistan, Sartaz Aziz has himself admitted that terrorists (mainly from Afghanistan) “by 2007-08 had covered most of the tribal areas. They killed the tribal leaders, then they started establishing their communications networks, IED factories, suicide training centres.” According to Aziz, during the past 15 years, Pakistan has lost more than $100 billion as well as the lives of over 10,000 security personnel. However, the fact is that not just the civilian leadership of Pakistan but the military as well, which is unable to act against such activities in an all out manner, because of the fact that since 1979, “mujahids” were openly trained in Pakistan for the Afghanistan and later the India theatre. From 1989 onwards, the cadre which later became known as the Taliban, began to get trained by the ISI in camps in Pakistan, mainly in the North West Frontier Province as well as in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Given the toxicity associated with ISIS, in a (for that organisation) worst case scenario for it, such as the wresting from it of Mosul, Aleppo and afterwards Raqa, it is likely that a “Turkish solution” will be found for its dilemma, in that much of its cadre would, for the record, switch their allegiance to the so-called “moderate fighting forces” that in reality are (besides the Kurds) little other than ISIS and Al Nusra elements in disguise. Analysts warn than elements in the Pakistan army, who subscribe to the ideology of ISIS, are “busy locating places in Pakistan that can be used to shelter leadership elements of ISIS”, the way Osama bin Laden was protected by the military in Pakistan since his escape from Afghanistan after 9/11 and his execution by US SEALS in 2011. “Already about 26 leadership elements of ISIS have been identified and steps are under way to get them to Pakistan through the Afghan border”, an analyst revealed, warning that India needs to “prepare for this new threat, as it is certain that the Pakistan military will make operations against India the condition for sheltering elements of the ISIS leadership” in Pakistan.

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This fact is well known to the world today that Pakistan is such an irresponsible rogue state whose savage agency ISI is famous for sheltering Al-Qaida Chief Osama Ben Laden and sponsoring the reign of Islamic terrorism throughout the world. Even today, it is patronizing and fostering the Islamic extremism and terrorism through providing ideological and psychological basis, material and logistic support to the various extremist terrorist groups like Haqqani network, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Jaesh-e-Muhammad, Al-Jamaat-ad-Daawa etc. Currently four retrogressive evil forces of history including Pakistan, have been conspiring inhumanly against the four splendid democracies of the world i.e. a) North Korea is busy in nuclear madness against first modern democracy of history e.g. USA. b) Pakistan is developing so-called Islamic nuke arsenals and warheads against the old most democracy of India. c) Iran is involved in the nuclear arms’ race against the democratic Israel. d) ISIS’s Islamic caliphate based on injustice and barbarism whose ideological and material roots lie in the theocratic state of Pakistan is terrorizing the democracies of Europe. In short, Pakistan is either ideological or material patron of all the Islamic extremist terrorism around the world. Institutions of this theocratic state and capital of KSA are the creators of Islamic terrorism.

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Academic institutions are deliberately subjected to corruption, mismanagement, bureaucracy, outdated syllabuses, lack in qualified faculty, books in libraries and funds etcetera. Buildings, Offices, and Hostels of schools, colleges, and universities have been converted into the permanent colonies of paramilitary forces like Rangers. Higher Education Institutions are converted into Rangers’ concentration camps through building walls around them. Sindhi Youth is deprived of access to modern philosophic & scientific knowledge under the continuous harassment, psychological stress, helplessness, and insecurity created by the presence of these paramilitary forces. A state which is imposed upon us ideologically, politically and economically in the form of religion and forced occupation is playing a draconian, fascist role against the Human and national political economic rights of Sindh. 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Various dams and canals are built on the river Indus despite the reservations of Sindh. Lacs of acres of land in Badin & Thatta districts are salinized because of continuous rise in sea levels due to an inadequate waterfall in the sea at Indus basin because Punjab is not convinced to release adequate & necessary water to sea through Indus river. It’s the story of Sindh which is paying its price of joining Pakistan after Bengal. These sufferings are mainly caused by Pakistani State & its two-nations Islamic theory which is imposed upon the historically secular and democratic land of Indus civilization. Which is being now pushed into the hell of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism by establishing a wide web of Madrassahs under the surveillance and bidding of Pakistani State which are totally contrary to our historic national attributes. 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Currently Pakistan is trying to drag China in a plan to dominate the Arabian Sea in the name of China-Pak Economic Corridor involving construction of Megacity projects in the coastal belt of Sindh which will invite millions of more alien settlers in Sindh converting its indigenous Sindhi nation into a simple minority in their own homeland, which too, is a grave violation of human rights, rather its open enmity and terrorism of state against the national interests of Sindh and against which we are raising voice in Sindh and we too raise concerns on international forums and appeal honorable international community to take serious notice of these critical conditions of human rights and national rights of Sindhi nation. CHINA – PAK ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: Strategic Military Aggression of China over the region, stimulant of endless political-economic unrest, military tensions and strategic confrontations in South Asia China-Pak Economic Corridor in its essence is such an economic, political, military and strategic nexus of China and Punjab which will bring up very dangerous results for the entire region and world. China, with the help of Pakistan, intends to extend its economic political and military dominance over the Sindhi (Arabian) sea, rather, it intends to hold and supervise the entire international trade encompassing this oceanic trade route, which includes the trade of the European, African and Arab world. It’s more a strategy of the economic and military dominance of China in the name of economic development, which on one side she has adopted in South and East China Oceanic regions and extending it from Kashgar to Gwadar on the other side. Now China is adopting an aggressive strategy to work on the plan in South Asian region, which is too condemned internationally. Punjab’s political-military think tank and military establishment has realized the truth that it holds no more reliable resources and power to hold its colonies i.e. Sindh and Baluchistan because their independence movements are rapidly gaining roots in their territories and international recognition. Thus Punjab, being a landlocked nation, who has become too weak in its political and military power to overcome the national freedom movements of the Sindhi and Baloch oppressed nations, needs not only the resources but lands and seas of the Sindh and Baluchistan because a country whose military and political might has collapsed and economy has worsened, making it a failed state has triggered its establishment (political and military think tank) to extend its hand towards China to attain more military and monetary power in the cover of FDI as monetary as well as military assistance to be able to hold its direct military occupation and aggression over oppressed nations through barbaric, fascist bloodshed and genocide. And It has already started, Pakistani fascist military and its intelligence agency ISI have intensified worst military operation of history against the people of Balochistan and Sindh. They have been raiding the houses of Sindhi people, whisking away every person whom they fear of resisting their plans, bombarding the villages and towns in Baluchistan, abducting political activists and commons, torturing them in military torture cells and extra-judicially killing them. Hundreds of Sindhi political activists and commons have been abducted in recent weeks including, intellectuals, journalists, writers, human rights activists, teachers, laborers, students etc. In this perspective Chinese political role is totally imperial and against the interests of the oppressed nations. It will be a great mistake and ill sightedness of Chinese economists that they are shipping their capital on such a cargo which is already drowning in the sea of extinction and which has to throw its arms in front of the political resistance of Sindhi and Baloch nations just like it did in Bengal (East Pakistan) in 1971 followed by a disgusting expulsion. What will happen of the Chinese capital then? And what will happen to its moral and national reputation by becoming the partner to the crime of occupation and aggression with the fascist, theocratic state of Pakistan? Today or later Chinese economists and military strategists must have to think of it because Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) and Sindhi people are raising voice against the Chinese plan of aggression and occupation over the lands and seas of the oppressed nations, on both regional political grounds as well as international diplomatic forums. The prime function of CPEC is to import the bulk of crude substances from Arab, Central Asian and African countries which will pass through the Arabian Sea and terrestrial logistic route of Gwadar and Karachi ports heading towards China through Kashgar. It’s to remember that Karachi is situated a 12 km away from the international European oceanic trade route; thus the Chinese-backed Pakistani supervision of this route will obviously result in the endless military as well as political confrontation by pushing India into an economic stress through armed interruption of the route by Pakistan. This confrontation will only end up in the devastation of Pakistan. Therefore, China-Pak Economic corridor and Chinese economic military dominance in the region is the stimulating force of various regional as well as international inhuman disorders including colonial exploitation, bloodshed, genocide and permanent slavery of the oppressed nations, uncertain strategic military power dynamics of the region turning it into the battlefield of global confrontation between economic and military superpowers of the world, triggering regional territorial disputes and armed tensions, disrupting global political harmony and peace, rise in human rights violations and state torture to an unexpected scale, oppression of political nationalistic voice of Sindh and Baluchistan (which is already happening), rise in support and funding of fundamentalist forces in the region by Chinese and Punjabi imperialism to abuse it against the separatist movements resulting in a great threat to secular and democratic voices on international level, countries bordering Pakistan will be on the hit list of the Islamic terrorists then (as recent regional news reports show the secret meetings of Afghan Taliban with Chinese authorities on the behalf of Pakistani military head), and the most important of all narratives is that the “nations chained in the forced annexation of Pakistani federation (Sindhi, Baloch, Pashtun, Balawaristani, Pakistani occupied Kashmiris) will suffer to the verge of extinction because there is no any example in the history of the world that imperialist forces have ever worked to empower and develop the oppressed nations through investing in the projects like CPEC, while they (oppressed nations) have already been enduring the worst situations like genocide, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, military operations to make them admit that the oppressors [Chinese Punjabi (Paki) Imperialisms] are working for their welfare. This is too a question of grave concern that why is Punjabi imperialist military establishment caring so intensely for the rights and development of the nations whom they have exploited and oppressed for more than 60 years?! And that too, in such a way that by torturing and killing their youth, women, children, and elders. This project is a conspiracy against our homelands, national interests and generations to come, and the new political economic and military doctrine of the Punjabi imperialism to build a Greater Punjabi State in the name of Islam and Pakistan which will never be endured by the loyal and conscious sons of Sindh and Baluchistan. Its irony of the fate to admit that entire Punjabi nation including their intellectuals, so-called progressives, religious groups, political and military establishment are on the same page. This is the biggest misfortune and irony of the Punjab that there does not exist any one of the Punjabis to stand against this international conspiracy and its colonial designs, aggression oppression and occupation over the oppressed nations squirming in its hands. Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz is striving politically against this China-Pak conspiracy project which is conspired to convert Sindhis and Baluchs into a minority because this project includes some other fierce folds too, like the construction of mega city projects i.e. Zulfiqarabad and Gwadar aimed to deprive them of their right to their resources. Conspiracy of converting them in ethnic minority will obviously result in Non-Sindhi so-called democratic representation of Sindhis in the so-called democratic institutions of Pakistan dominated by alien settlers safeguarding the interests of Punjabi imperialism and depriving the native Sindhis to hold the significant majority to represent the national interests of the native people of Sindh and thus negating even the Sindh’s democratic right to oppose the imperialism and conspiracies in a democratic pattern. It will also result in the sectarian and ethnic split among the dwellers of Sindh disturbing their unity and hence exterminate the voice for their freedom. Therefore, JSMM holds her clear political stance over the issue that it will pose great risk and danger to the global peace. Pakistan intends to trickily trap China in its conspiracy of bloodshed and the genocide of oppressed nations and permanent occupation over Sindh and Baluchistan, which will be great damage to the moral reputation of China on the international level. To fulfill its nefarious designs Punjab will nurture and shelter the fundamentalist forces in the region to abuse them against nationalist freedom movements of the oppressed nations but as its side effects, it will be a great threat to the secularist and liberal democratic values in the region too. The entire region will burn in the fire of religious terrorism. The oppressed Sindhi, Baluch, Pashtun, Balawaristani and Saraiki nations will be expelled out from their lands to build Punjabi settlements through military might. To mislead the world from reacting on human rights violations and genocide of Sindhi, Baluch, Pashtun and Saraiki nations Pakistani intelligence agencies will ignite the fire of ethnic, lingual and sectarian terrorism and civil wars in their territories. This region is moving towards devastation and mass destruction due to the imperialist designs of Punjabi Agencies. It is only being done with the consensus and interests of Punjab and there seems no space for the existence and well-being of the oppressed nations at all but only destruction, slavery, disgust and devastation for them. Thus we are determined to struggle till victory or death, using every mode of political resistant struggle for our national survival and existence. From the grounds of Sindh to every international platform, JSMM is raising her voice over every atrocity, conspiracy committed against Sindh and Baluchistan like CPEC; and is determined to strive against it. We appeal entire international community, United Nations, EU, USA, UK, Germany, France, India and all the other civilized nations of the world to stop China from bringing up the devastation on world in the name of CPEC and funding the fascist theocratic state of Pakistan which is the womb and vector of the Islamic terrorism in the world. The World must step forward to save the oppressed secular Sindhi and other nations of the region by supporting them in their struggle for national independence, in order to save the Asian continent and obviously Asia is the emblem of global peace if it is at rest the entire world would entertain peace and tranquility. Shafi Muhammad Burfat Chairman Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz

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