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Atmar warns against Daesh expansion in Pakistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar warned against gaining foothold of the Islamic State (IS), which is also known as Daesh, if once the terrorist group found sanctuaries in Pakistan.

Pakistan had earned bad name in the region as it was proved repeatedly that high profile leaders of the terrorist outfits have been enjoying safe hideouts there. The killing of Taliban leaders are the observable example of it.

“If the terror group IS finds sanctuaries and financial resources in Pakistani the issue will be prolonged and expanded in the region” Atmar said in an interview with RFE’s Pakistan service.

Atmar furthered that the leader of the group Hafeez Saeed Khan who was a former Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in Afghanistan.

“So far at least 12 leaders of the terror group have been killed.”

The group has started operating in Afghanistan from eastern Nangarhar province, where they (IS) militants putted their last-ditch efforts to turn the province into their hideouts, but failed as Afghan security forces carried out several attacks, in which hundreds of Daesh fighters were killed and wounded.

Afghan and foreign forces accelerated ground and air operations to suppress Daesh fighters across the country. Daesh fighters were on the run to save their skin after Afghan security forces launched large-scale operation against them in the province. Kot and Achin districts of the province were cleared of Daesh presence during massive operations.

Moreover, the ‘Voice of Caliphate’ radio station of the Islamic State was also destroyed in a drone strike in the province. This is the second Daesh radio station destroyed in drone strike in the Mohmand Dara area of Achin district, provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogianai said in that time. The station was broadcasting illegally across Nangarhar, spreading the group’s extremist messages and issuing threats to the people and governmental officials in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

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