RAWALPINDI -  Graffiti supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), commonly known as Daesh, appeared on the wall of a building on Mall Road, sources and police told The Nation on Thursday.

According to the sources, vandals had scrawled the word ISIS on the building of State Bank of Pakistan before it was removed by the police. A heavy contingent of the police, the Counter Terrorism Department, and other intelligence agencies rushed to the scene and removed the wall-chalking, the sources said. The law enforcement agencies have started an investigation into the incident to track down the mischievous elements, the sources said.

Potohar Division Superintendent of Police Syed Ali said that the piece of the graffiti was spotted daubed on the wall of a building. He said that an investigation was underway and a case would be registered against unknown offenders. He said police were clueless to ascertain as who carried out the graffiti in the sensitive area.

On September 24, a Daesh flag was also spotted hanging on a bridge on Islamabad Expressway. The ISIS flag was removed immediately after a citizen alerted the police.

The graffiti supporting the ISIS was also seen on the wall of a house adjacent to a mosque in Wah Cantonment on February 10 earlier this year.