Given the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI’s) history of intelligence operations, it is not challenging to understand how Pakistan’s nexus with ISKP furthers Islamabad’s objectives. ISKP claimed the Kabul explosions that killed more than 100 people, including thirteen US marines. Following the attack, ISKP, hitherto a second fiddle in the Afghan conflict theatre, emerged as a new target of the global war on terror.
The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) is Pakistan’s latest proxy while sheltering, funding, and training terrorist groups. Abhinav Pandya, writing in The National Interest said that Pakistan’s double game of keeping up the pretence of being a US ally against terror while sheltering, funding, and training terrorist groups with American aid money is likely to continue.
Moreover, it is leading some to have a rosier view of the Pakistan-backed Taliban, which are now being viewed as a counterweight to Islamic State (ISIS), said Pandya. ISKP is a Pakistani proxy that is thriving under Islamabad’s patronage. Most of ISKP’s cadres include disgruntled elements from the Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and Pakistan’s other proxy groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
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Hence, since raising multiple proxies gives Pakistan deniability, the ISI is using the same model in Afghanistan. For example, luring Indian nationals into ISKP and inducing them to target Indian interests in Afghanistan has offered convincing deniability...
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