Damascus: Global terror outfit ISIS has called for the attack of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai attack mastermind and most wanted terrorist already carrying a bounty of $10 million.
ISIS propaganda channels have termed Saeed a ‘very corrupt terrorist leader who is acting against Islam for money’. The outfit also believes that Saeed and his terror organisations are mere extensions of Pakistan’s Intelligence agency ISI and all terror activities being carried out by the LeT and Saeed are on the direction of Pakistan authorities.
Saeed has been declared ‘Murtad’ leader of Lashkar-e-Toiba, whose ‘blood should be spilt for exploiting Islamic organisations for material gains’.
Propaganda material also pointed out that Saeed’s terror activities in Kashmir were under the guidance of the ISI and that he was not serious about ‘azadi’ for Kashmir. “Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hafiz Saeed proceed in accordance with the orders of the Pakistani intelligence. They do it (terror activities) depending on material interests,” it said.
The ISIS has been trying to gain foothold in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2014, but have not been able to carry out any major attacks. Though the outfit is trying to recruit and wean away terrorist cadre from Taliban and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) it largely benefited from the split in the TTP in November 2014 when some pro-ISIS commanders of the TTP deserted the parent group.
ISIS offshoot Wilayat Khurasan, on July 1 released a 12-minute video of the execution of Pakistani terrorists belonging to other outfits after declaring them ‘apostates’.
The outfit has been able to recruit children as young as 12 years to intensify its indoctrination activities. Officials in security agencies closely monitoring ISIS activities said the outfit may not be a major force against the Taliban and its splinter group, it is indeed an emerging threat. Last month, Wilayat Khurasan claimed responsibility for killing Afghan MP Sher Wali Wardak in bus bombing in Kabul.