Tehrik-i-Taliban threatens to overthrow Islamabad government, seize nukes
WASHINGTON – The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan – the Taliban group that seeks the overthrow of the Pakistani government – has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, and has directed jihadists across the region to help ISIS set up its caliphate.
ISIS declared its caliphate from territory seized last June from northeastern Syria to western and central Iraq, and threatens to take over all of the Levant that includes Jordan, the rest of Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
ISIS and its caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, already have received backing from Abdul Maulana Aziz, a follower of the Afghan Taliban supreme leader Mulla Mohammad Omar who led the infamous Red Mosque rebellion in Pakistan.
Aziz also is close to the Tehnik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, as WND recently revealed.
The TTP seeks to overthrow by violent means the Pakistani government, which possesses nuclear weapons.
Aziz’s support for Baghdadi and ISIS comes as Pakistan, a predominantly Sunni country, faces yet another political crisis that threatens the existence of its democratic secular government. Political opponents of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have demanded his resignation, which he has refused.
His opponents want sweeping constitutional reform to replace parliamentary democracy and to confront alleged corruption that has crept into the electoral process.
However, jihadist groups see an opportunity now to assert their influence as Pakistan’s political crisis grows worse.
Until now, the Afghan Taliban had been aligned with al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
As further evidence of the TTP’s allegiance to ISIS, the jihadist group’s supporters have been seen in the Pakistani city of Peshawar distributing pamphlets praising ISIS.
In addition, ISIS flags have been seen in street rallies in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The TTP announced its support for ISIS in a message celebrating the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha.
“Oh our brothers, we are proud of you in your victories,” the message said. “We are with you in your happiness and your sorrow.
“In these troubled days, we call for your patience and stability, especially now that all your enemies are united against you. Please put all your rivalries behind you. … All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you,” the message added. “We are with you, we will provide you with mujahideen (fighters) and with every possible support.”