Mohammad Altaf Mullazai’s associate, Shafiq Mengal is now, according to security officials in Quetta, leader of the Islamic State in Pakistan
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
The United States, NATO and the Afghan government should not be trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, but Pakistan.
Located about 100 kilometers from the Afghanistan border in Kharan, Balochistan is one of the hundreds of outposts of Pakistan’s permanent jihadi network.
Far lesser known than al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but considered by many to be far more dangerous, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is Pakistan’s favorite Islamo-nationalist jihadist group.
The older Mengal added that his son (Shafiq Mengal) had been active in supporting Pakistani security forces in battling Baluch separatist groups
Usman’s testimony, a copy of which has been seen by Reuters, describes a web of radical seminaries and training and bomb making facilities stretching from eastern Afghanistan, where the young man was recruited, to Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.
Baloch Students Organization (Azad) has strongly condemned target-killing of young Baloch poet and political leader Qassum Wafa by Pakistani death squads in Panjgur.
Qassum Wafa was Baloch National Movement’s councilor and organizer of Panjgur district. Wafa was targeted when he was on his way to Chitkan Bazar with his brother.