LAHORE - Though there is no concrete evidence of the presence of the Middle Eastern militant group, IS, commonly known as Daesh, some sections of international media and experts on terrorism are propagating theories of new terror nexus between Daesh and outlawed TTP splinter groups.

The sections of international media and experts on terrorism are building the theories of nexus between Daesh and on-the-run splinters of outlawed TTP without having any credible information on this serious issue.

According to members of the country’s premier intelligence agencies dealing with the menace of terrorism, there is no indication that the roots of Daesh are being nurtured in Pakistan.

The top secret services have assessed that Shahidullah Shahid who was formerly a spokesman for one faction of the TTP made an announcement pledging allegiance to Daesh chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi along with some other militants was a ploy to seek publicity.

The Interior Department contacts, confirming the secret services’ source, told The Nation that not a single intelligence agency came up with concrete evidence of presence of Daesh or IS on Pakistani soil.

The days of terror of Shahid Ullah Shahid and his likes are over for now on Pakistani soil as Shahid and his partners in crime are not in the tribal areas and are believed to be in Kunar (Afghanistan).

According to a website, apparently run by the militant outfit, Shahidullah Shahid had been removed after his video message in which he had pledged allegiance to Middle Eastern militant group, Daesh. In the video message, Shahid had also claimed that five other TTP commanders had also decided to join the IS.

About graffiti in support of Daesh in Sindh’s provincial capital, Karachi, tribal areas and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the security services officials stated that it was just a ‘bluff’ to create an impact on the populace that the destroyed terror network could still pose a serious threat.

They added that certain political forces of urban Sindh could be involved in the wall chalking for more aggressive anti-terror operations, especially against an ethnic rival political group.  They (security services members) did not find any credible information which establishes the unconfirmed reports of Daesh linkages on Pakistani soil.

They stated that some TTP sleeper cell members, detected and neutralised in Central and South Punjab cities of Gujranwala, Kasur and Multan, were supposed to be linked with Daesh. However, no concrete information came up concerning the linkages of these sleeper cells with Middle Eastern militant outfit as a result of thorough interrogation.

They revealed that Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Kasur, Faisalabad, Jhang and Layyah were among the priority watch areas in Punjab in terms of hidden support for TTP or Al-Qaeda.

According to them, Sindh’s capital, Karachi, is emerging as the new hot bed of militant activities and Gulshan-e-Bonair is emerging as the possible ‘red vicinity’. The other threat areas in the port city include Manghopir, Sohrab Goth and Gulshan-e-Maimar.

Claiming aggressive chase operations to pin down the members of the terror apparatus, the security services have not found Daesh (IS) connections so far.

Interior Department contacts disclose some assessments suggest that Daesh if succeeds in penetrating the ranks of the remains of outlawed TTP will mainly target the security apparatus, including defence forces and prime intelligence agencies.

According to the theories of some sections of international media and experts on terrorism, Pakistani militant groups, especially TTP, the principal anti-state militant group, could pair up with the rising IS (Daesh), rejuvenating itself as an insurgent force.

They claim that Daesh will replace Al-Qaeda in Pakistan after it has been weakened in Pakistani tribal areas by US drone attacks and Pakistani military and intelligence operations and is likely to emerge as a dominant militant force in the near future in Pakistan.

The theories further claim the TTP will sever its ties not only with Al-Qaeda’s Daesh ranks but also with the Afghan Taliban.